Cathy Cooke will feature on the cover of the 2016/17 Rockhampton Yellow and White Pages.
Cathy Cooke will feature on the cover of the 2016/17 Rockhampton Yellow and White Pages. Contributed

Gladstone woman to appear on Yellow and White Pages cover

CARLY Cooke is leading the way in Indigenous health, and local services and directories.

The 29 year old Gladstone woman was chosen to be the face of this year's Rockhampton Yellow and White pages.

Ms Cooke was elected under the theme, Australian Stars Rising Above, which celebrates up and coming Australians who are achieving beyond their years and making positive changes in their community.

Carly is a Gladstone resident and local health advocate committed to improving the lives of local Indigenous people. At just 29, Carly has quickly become a well-known positive role model for Indigenous youth in regional Australia.

A respected leader of her community and the general manager of Nhulundu Health Service (NHS), Carly manages almost 50 staff members across Aged Care, Primary Health Care and Social Service programs.

In 2013, Carly implemented the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health's incentive program, 'Deadly Choices'. Now with over 260 new community members accessing NHS in the region, the program is seeing great success in encouraging the Indigenous community to seek regular health checks.

"With the support of our team of staff and the directors I am committed to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure our community enjoys optimal physical, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing," Carly said.

Each year Sensis, the publisher of the Yellow Pages and White Pages, has recognised the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the covers of its regional books.

This year, the Rockhampton Yellow Pages and White Pages phone book will come with a chance to win the lottery, as each edition will include a ticket into a lotto syndicate. Local residents should look out for their book and hold onto it for a chance to win.

Residents and businesses can choose not to receive a copy of the Rockhampton Yellow Pages and White Pages by calling Sensis here.

It's not the first time a Gladstone resident has featured on the cover of the Yellow and White Pages.

Previous locals to appear on the cover of the Rockhampton book:

2014/15: Gladstone local Mick Daly appears on the current cover under the theme Inspiring Others to Achieve. Boxing Coach Mick has helped hundreds of locals hit the mark, coaching boxers to success at state, national and international levels, even coaching some members to the world stage at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

2012/13: Brian Pitt was recognised on the cover as group leader of the Calliope State Emergency Service (SES). Selected under the theme, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, Brian has been an SES volunteer for 20 years. One of his most unforgettable rescues occurred on Christmas Day 2010 when he and a team became stranded on a mountain for 72 hours trying to help three German backpackers.
 



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