Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Dan's a Man with a Plan for City's Future; A Passion for Maryborough Drives an Eager Young Community Leader, Writes Jocelyn Watts

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Dan's a Man with a Plan for City's Future; A Passion for Maryborough Drives an Eager Young Community Leader, Writes Jocelyn Watts

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Daniel's dossier

Daniel played first division for Sunbury Soccer; his team won three Fraser Coast League premierships

His hobbies include reading the Bible and books on success, great leaders and people who take risks and believe in their dreams

He also enjoys the beach, dining, travelling, achieving goals and a "good old Aussie barbecue"

He's young, softly spoken and perhaps a little reticent but Daniel Sanderson has a heart as big as Phar Lap's when it comes to his hometown of Maryborough.

At 25 years of age, he's a rarity among his peers. He doesn't have a university degree, just a strong head for business and politics with the drive and motivation to take on leadership roles at which others twice his age and with more experience have baulked.

The son of a Granville schoolteacher and stay-at-home mum, Mr Sanderson is leading two influential groups Co the Maryborough branch of the Fraser Coast Young Professionals and the Maryborough CBD Renewal Group, a sub-group formed under the city's chamber of commerce umbrella to revitalise the business centre.

"I didn't go to university but loved education and thought I'd stay here and not follow everyone else," Mr Sanderson said.

After graduating from Aldridge State High School, he worked with two local businesses before joining Wide Bay TAFE where he now puts together and promotes training programs for organisations, companies and employers.

Mr Sanderson's first community leadership role came about 18 months ago, soon after the Hervey Bay branch of the Young Professionals formed.

"Hervey Bay was first established and I knew the man behind it," he said.

"We were looking at something similar for Maryborough and organised a meeting. About 70 people turned up so we said CyOk, there's a need for it here' and it went from there."

He accepted the role of president of the group dedicated to creating business, professional and social opportunities for its members.

His next big step was to walk down the aisle with his bride, Sotik.

"We married just on a year ago and our little girl Co Abella Grace Co is now 15 weeks old. …

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