Fiona is your hardworking local Member for Maroochydore who has a track record of delivering for the Sunshine Coast region and a reputation for passionately advocating for her local community.
Fiona grew up on the Sunshine Coast and went to local schools. She understands the pressures faced by local families and business owners and wants people to have the same opportunity to live, work and raise their families here while cherishing our region's natural beauty.
As the State Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson is committed to putting the Sunshine Coast first and delivering
the infrastructure needed to support the growth of our regional economy, supporting our local small businesses to grow more local jobs, easing the cost of living burdens and keeping our Sunshine Coast liveable and beautiful.
Some of her achievements include our new $1.8b public hospital, safety upgrades to the Sunshine Motorway, new boat
ramps at Twin Waters and Mooloolaba, a permanent sand-pumping pipeline to replenish Mooloolaba beach with dredged sand from the river mouth and upgrades to the Mt Coolum walking track.
She has a reputation for hard work and diligent service to her electorate and the people of Queensland. She is
actively at work in the community, listening to people about how we can make our area even better. She is patron of about 20 organisations and has helped secure funding for many volunteer groups who are enriching the lives of
others through community service.
FIONA’S POLITICAL CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Fiona Simpson was elected in 1992 as the Member for Maroochydore and has served in shadow portfolios such as Health, Transport, Main Roads, Tourism, Women, Communities, Housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Multicultural Affairs.
After the March 2012 win of the Liberal National Party Government, Fiona was elected to the position of Speaker, making her the Queensland Parliament’s first female Speaker in its 150 years.
In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese language, Journalism and Government, she has post graduate management qualifications including a Masters in Organizational Leadership, she is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undertaken an executive leadership course with John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Fiona was a key player in the formation of the LNP, a merger between the former National and Liberal Parties which she believed was important to restore
conservative government in Queensland. As then Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Deputy Opposition Leader, Fiona voluntarily relinquished these
roles to the former Liberal leader to help facilitate the merger.
Before entering parliament, she was an award-winning journalist (Dalgety’s Excellence in Rural Journalism Award). In 2013 she was honoured to be included
in the Queensland Young Women's Christian Association's list of 125 Leading Women.
Fiona subscribes to the motto of service above self.