Rocky man Grant Cassidy has been chosen as the face of CQ’s new Yellow and White Pages.
Rocky man Grant Cassidy has been chosen as the face of CQ’s new Yellow and White Pages. Sharyn Oneill Roksbook

Tourism chief a cover guy

IT wasn’t Rockhampton businessman Grant Cassidy’s good looks that landed him on the front cover of Central Queensland’s new Yellow and White Pages.

Although his wife, Rebecca, might argue that was enough.

But Grant was shocked when he discovered he had been chosen for the honour.

The community-minded father-of-two was selected for his dedication to developing our tourism industry through his role as volunteer chairman of Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development.

Grant donates endless hours to the unpaid position on top of running three successful Rocky businesses - Motel 98, The Edge apartments and Cassidy’s Seafood and Steakhouse.

And after the summer of floods drowned many tourism businesses, CQ knows we need a man like Grant.

“There is no doubt the community has had a difficult start to the year but I am optimistic about our future,” he said.

“The tourism industry will bounce back – we are still open for business,” he said.

Although he grew up a city slicker under the bright lights of the bustling Gold Coast, and was schooled in the even faster-moving Brisbane, he finally found his home in the laid-back Beef Capital in 2002.

“I love it, the Rocky region as a whole is such a great place to live,” Grant said.

“You get to do a lot more than you would in a capital city because it is easier to get around.”

The distribution of the 2011/2012 phone books throughout Rockhampton, Emerald, Gladstone, Longreach and the surrounding areas will begin this weekend.

PHONE BOOK FACES

The past two covers of the Yellow and White Pages:

2010/11: Rockhampton and Gogango locals John Doyle and Neale Dunphy. The pair rescued a family trapped in a fast-flowing creek during the February 2009 flash floods.

2009/10: Gladstone’s Beryl Wood. She played a pivotal art role at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum and a community theatre group.



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