Rochford to quit GAPDL
DANIAL Rochford, who has led the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd for the past three years, has resigned to be with Megan, his wife of four months, in Brisbane. Mr Rochford, speaking from Brisbane yesterday, said he enjoyed his work in Gladstone and believed he and his staff had achieved much in terms of attracting interest to the region. "However being in Gladstone and my wife being in Brisbane has been difficult,'' he said. The couple were married in January in Latrobe Chapel, Paddington. He said he decided to move to Brisbane because Megan, who was involved with international tourism, had few job opportunities in Gladstone. Mr Rochford said the GAPDL had successfully employed strategies to increase international visitations and, with international media, to highlight this region while he was here. He said he had a number of new job prospects, all relating to tourism and so expected to still retain some interest in Gladstone. "I really enjoyed my time at the GAPDL and in Gladstone ? I have had some good times and some bad times ? but it has generally been a happy experience. Late last year Mr Rochford was chosen by local members of the Labor Party to as a candidate for the newly formed electorate of Flynn. However, the state executive chose a former Gladstone resident Jennifer Algie as the preferred candidate. When Mrs Algie withdrew her nomination, Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd made it clear he wanted Gladstone solicitor Chris Trevor, who polled well in the state election against sitting member, Independent Liz Cunningham, to be the candidate for Flynn. Mr Rochford withdrew his nomination stating personal reasons for doing so. GAPDL chairman Mark Clarke said Mr Rochford tendered his resignation yesterday, to be effective from May 4. He will return to Gladstone for the GAPDL Enterprise Luncheon on Friday, May 11 for a formal farewell.