Born: 07.04.55, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
David has practised as a newspaper photographer, speech writer, public
relations officer, artist, and is currently an elected Councillor and
the Deputy Mayor of Brisbane City Council.
He studied at the University, Southern Queensland, the University of
Queensland and has also studied painting under John Rigby, Brisbane and
William Robinson. David has paintings in private collections in
the US and Europe, has had work exhibited in New York and London, and
had portrait commissions in Philadelphia, US and London.
In 1972 he won the Gemini Art Award in Toowoomba and the Sunday Mail
Art Award. In 1973 he won the Rotary Atlantic City Sculpture Award in
the U.S.. He has not participated in art competitions since.
David has had seventeen solo painting exhibitions, two photographic
exhibitions and participated in nine mixed exhibitions. He
produced fifty sketches for the ‘Toowoomba Sketchbook” (1976, Rigby
Publishers) and in 1991 produced a coffee table book of photographs
entitled “Two to the Valley” which won the Australian Photographic Book
Award in 1992. He took the photographs for the “Here and Now”
exhibition on refugees at City Hall in February 2003.
He has been a full time elected Councillor since 1988 in Brisbane City
Council, representing the inner city (Central Ward). Brisbane
City Council is the largest local government in Australia with 26
full-time Councillors. Central Ward has approx 40,000 constituents and
includes the City’s business district. David has been a
member of Civic Cabinet since 1991 and in 2004 was elected by Council
to the position of Deputy Mayor and Majority Leader. He is
currently the Chairperson of the newly formed Urban Planning and
Economic Development Committee and as Chairperson David is responsible
• urban renewal
• urban planning including City Plan
• economic development
• development assessment
• maintaining and enhancing Brisbane's unique built environment
His portfolio objectives are to develop policies for an active, tolerant, creative and prosperous Brisbane.