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Raymond Callan


Ray Callan is an owner operator of landscape Gardening Business -Hortum, and a local Jerrabomberra resident who has a keen interest in the development of the Queanbeyan- Palerang region.

Ray’s early childhood was spent in Queanbeyan attending Queanbeyan Public School and growing up on the family farm at Major’s Creek where his family’s roots tie back to the town’s early settlement. 

As a teenager Ray was a student at Karabar Highschool and was a keen sportsperson representing his school in most sports. With his greatest interest playing AFL for the Queanbeyan Tiger’s he continued with this to be a member of the premiership winning senior side in the late 80’s.

Early life, Career & Family

Starting work as a formwork carpenter in his father’s business provided a good understanding of the building industry which led to a career working for Manufacturing businesses supplying the regions construction industry.

Graduating in accounting and completing a postgraduate in marketing provided a solid education in economics and business which assisted his career holding regional sales and general management rolls for national manufacturing firms Stegbar, Boral and CSR as well as a 3-year stint in the cultural sector working as a business manager for the National Gallery of Australia.

Raising his children in Jerrabomberra (and a few years at Burra) has provided countless hours of cheering on or helping out at local sport including Little Athletics, Soccer, Rugby, Rugby League and AFL. 

Ray’s interests for the Queanbeyan-palerang council include:

> More affordable housing through fixing the supply issues – cutting the red tape for developments.

> Improved recreational spaces including better access and preservation of reserve areas and converting disused train lines to recreation trails.

> Greater recognition and understanding of our local indigenous culture.

> Large scale manufacturing facilities for palerang.

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