Michael Wilkinson - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Michael Wilkinson

Honorary Senior Fellow (April 2013)

Michael Wilkinson was named an Honorary Senior Fellow in April 2013 in recognition of his leadership and sustained, significant and selfless contribution to tourism.

Michael has been heavily involved in community work in Caloundra and the broader Sunshine Coast region. His interest is particularly in the area of tourism, and he has been involved in many community-based organisations over a period of 37 years. Michael was the President of Caloundra Tourism Incorporated from its inception in 2002 until its dissolution in 2010, when it was taken over by Sunshine Coast Destination Limited. Michael was also on the Southern Caloundra Tourism Advisory Panel up until 2013. His leadership of Caloundra Tourism Incorporated was a remarkable period of growth and development that many look back on now with great respect and admiration. Michael has also had the privilege of being invited to participate on the judging panels for the Queensland Tourism Awards, the Sunshine Coast Business Awards, the Whitsunday Tourism Awards and the Outback Queensland Tourism Awards. Michael was the Editor of the magazine Caloundra Buzz from 2001-2009. Caloundra Buzz magazine is a voice for the business community and is an initiative of the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce. Michael was a foundation member of the Caloundra Toastmasters Club serving, at times, in the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President, whilst at the same time being involved with the Caloundra Lions Club and operating his pharmacy business in Caloundra. After being involved with the Caloundra Lions Club, Michael was the President of the Caloundra Arts Centre Association Incorporated and the Caloundra Art and Crafts Festival for a period of nine years from 1978 to 1987. The Caloundra Art and Crafts Centre was built with funds raised from this Festival.