To promote a thriving, sustainable tourism industry within our region and create awareness on the importance of protecting and respecting our environment.
‘Makin & Eggs for Breakfast’ with Paul Makin, bringing you the local news from around the Douglas Shire as it happens and a new insight into the issues that affects the Shire every day. A creditable, experienced and trusted broadcaster, Paul focuses on the issues that touch and matter to the people of the Douglas Shire, from local politics, technology, food and health, to tourism and pets.
Paul has been in the media for over fifty years with diverse expertise in radio, television, feature films, corporate videos and voice-over projects.
Starting off as a Cine-Cameraman, his foray into Journalism happened in the Seventies at Radio 5KA in Adelaide where he was a senior member of the Newsroom. He then headed to Sydney where he hosted the highly rated Sunday morning program Nightwatch on Radio 2UE and was the first reporter to arrive on the scene at the Granville Rail Disaster in 1977 where for 48 hours he broadcasted to the nation from the scene.
Paul was one of the senior journalists on the top rated Willesee at 7 program on the Seven Network where he became an National media identity. After leaving Willesee Paul went on to host the national TV game show $50,000 Letterbox while also working in Melbourne radio. At radio station 3UZ he found himself at Newport Rhode Island for Australia's successful tilt at the America Cup. “That was a highlight” says Paul “Standing on Alan Bonds boat and seeing that winged keel come out of the water for all to see was a moment I will never forget”.
In recent times Paul has been behind the microphone at radio stations 2GB, 2UE and ABC News Radio in Sydney, Radio 5AA in Adelaide and has hosted the top rating Today Tonight program on Channel 7.
Now his passion is based within the Douglas Shire. A great talent to align your business with.
With a background in business management and leadership, Marion has wide-ranging expertise in commercial enterprise and is experienced in working with a diverse range of clients, from private individuals to larger corporations.
An entrepreneur at heart Marion has been involved in a variety of small business start-ups, acquiring extensive business establishment and managerial experience in a broad range of areas.
Coupled with this she has worked in the government sector in the areas of education and health. She was seconded to undertake the establishment of a pilot project involving the pooling of federal and state government funding for allocation to various health and aged care providers in a rural community.
Marion spent five years in Sydney establishing and growing a specialist landlord insurance business which was sold to Vero as part of the sale of the national company, now part of the Suncorp Group.
She brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for providing excellent customer service which we know our clients will appreciate and come to expect.
Over the years Marion has served her community in local government, having been a Councillor with the District Council of Ceduna and as a director of the Ceduna Hospital Board. In recognition of her many years of involvement in sport within the community she has been awarded a Life Membership of the Ceduna Sports Club.
Gary ‘Gazza’ McIlroy presents ‘Gazzamataz’, a feature packed afternoon show between 1pm & 4pm. This includes his Googlies, Gadgets, British Invasion, The Time Machine and the Gazza Challenge. The Gazza Challenge is well known across Far North Queensland, originally created and presented in Mount Isa and Cloncurry, before moving across to the coast.
Prior to FAB FM, Gazza presented an afternoon radio show across NQ and built up a huge following. He has hosted many FNQ events in recent years, including Feast of the Senses, the successful Banana Split World Record attempt, the Cardwell UFO Festival, Harvey Norman Kick Challenge and Cassowary Coast Relay for Life.
Prior to coming to Queensland, Gazza was Morning Presenter and Producer on Plains FM 96.9 in Christchurch, NZ. He also presented a vintage soul, funk and reggae show on Saturday evenings and co-hosted the NZ Radio Award winning sports talkback show ‘A Belch On Sport’.
Gazz’s radio career started in 1985 at the age of 18, on Radio St Helier, a hospital radio station in South London. In 1987 he moved to Community Development Radio 86FM, based in Shepherds Bush London, on a project focused on bonding different ethnic communities throughout the Greater London region. He also presented on a number of other alternative stations, some of which had a significant influence on the direction of FM radio in the late 80’s.
By the 90’s, he had taken up a regular slot on WNK 103.3FM, London’s first fully legal black music orientated station. Gazza’s next move was to another new London station, Choice FM.
For many years Gazza was DJ’ing around London in pubs and clubs entertaining the punters with a wide selection of music from House to Rock and Roll, from Trance to Pop until he made the life changing decision to move ‘Down Under’.
And the rest as they say is ‘History’.
Alan was born on the RAF base Sculthorpe in England and according to the man himself he was delivered by Lancaster bomber. He was then shipped to the antipodean colonies as a whipper snapper and lived in Sydney for many years.
The lad became involved with theatre in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Capitol Theatre lynching Judas every night (John English) and then moved on to many shows doing lighting for all the International Rock bands that came through Sydney. This culminated with bringing Chuck Berry to Australia in 1978. During this time Alan was a private trader on the Stock Market which then lead to running his own trading company for clients for many years.
With a life of flying private aircraft, snow skiing, sword fencing and travelling the world Alan gallivanted his way through life until he left the big smoke 6 years ago to reside here in paradise with his wife Marianne
Clifton Beach looked like an ideal place to open a Bed and Breakfast (which his beautiful wife manages) and start taking life a bit easier, least ways, that was the plan.
Alan immersed himself into Community Theatre but this time on stage. Ten odd shows in the last three years, Sound of Music, Last Cab to Darwin, Grease, The Full Monty and just recently Oliver at The Clink Theatre Port Douglas has kept Alan's one last brain cell active, plus one movie role (two bit cameo) has kept that same very cell amused.
A stint on radio in Cairns for three years has given Alan a chance to play his ‘Chill Out Music’ from the 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's, which he now brings to the Douglas Shire via FAB FM on Fridays 10am till 1pm.
Dave ‘Double Oh’ Evans arrived in Port Douglas in 1987 as a Carpenter to work on the Sheraton Mirage and after that he and Port were never the same. Although the ‘Chippy’ loved his trade, the airwaves were calling as Radio Port Douglas came into existence. He put his hand up to do the sports show and racked up 15 years behind the Microphone.
Now Double Oh is part of the community with his two sons born in FNQ. But he’s not just an observer, having played over 300 games with the mighty Port Douglas Crocs, he’s now Vice President of the Club.
With radio in his blood, he’s now back in the radio studio at FAB FM and loving it.
Hobby’s: Sport, Golf
Weight: Scales say ouch
Favourite Movie:Space Jam
Favourite Song:Eye Of The Tiger
Favourite Food: Pasta and more pasta
Favourite Drink: Water and beer
Love of his life: Wife Carol and sport
Favourite Sportsman: Michael Jordan
Favourite time of the day: 4pm on Friday’s when he does the Sports Show with Muz