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Queensland Residents Invited to Exercise Their Resilience Muscle

11 March 2015

More than 15 years’ military experience and 30 years’ emotional resilience training will be combined to deliver an inspirational program of free community events throughout regional Queensland this month, as part of Suncorp Bank’s agribusiness roadshow series.

Over four days (23 – 26 March), former Australian Army Major, Matina Jewell, internationally recognised resilience expert Dennis Hoiberg and a team of agribusiness banking specialists will travel more than 800 kilometres to deliver support, guidance and inspiration to local communities in Bundaberg, Mundubbera, Roma and St George.

Suncorp Bank Regional Manager for Central and South West Queensland, David Littleproud, said the roadshows would provide local communities with the opportunity to learn from specialists and industry leaders not ordinarily available to them.

“Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to our region in recent weeks with the impact of Tropical Cyclone Marcia in central areas and prevailing drought in the western regions. The roadshows are a perfect way to bring communities together, exchange stories and engage with motivational and inspirational speakers,” Mr Littleproud said.

“We are proud to have Matina Jewell join our roadshows for the first time. Matina will translate her 15 years of military experiences into a motivational presentation focused on leadership, teamwork, dealing with change and managing a crisis.”

Emotional resilience specialist, Dennis Hoiberg a regular speaker at Suncorp Bank agribusiness events will provide practical advice on building personal and professional resilience.

“We need to keep our ‘resilience muscle’ well toned to allow us to positively respond to the ups and downs of life,” Mr Hoiberg said.

“The way we keep this muscle well toned is through a combination of hope, strategy and action. The Suncorp Bank agribusiness roadshow series is the perfect platform to discuss how to apply practical strategies to your everyday life to help build and sustain reliance.”

The Suncorp Bank agribusiness roadshows will be held in the following locations:





Monday, 23 March



Rowers on the River

2 Toonburra Street


Tuesday, 24 March



Mundubbera Community Shire Hall

Lyons Street


Wednesday, 25 March



Roma Explorers

Inn Function Centre

Warrego Highway


Thursday, 26 March


St George

St George RSL

106-110 Alfred Street

St George

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Dennis Hoiberg

For more than 30 years, emotional resilience specialist, Dennis Hoiberg has supported families, farmers, businesses and communities through enormous amounts of change and challenges. He was an integral part of the recovery program during the Queensland floods in 2011 and each year continues to provide guidance and support to thousands of people across the country and internationally. 

Dennis’ main area of consulting expertise is organisational change and effectiveness, bringing with him a practical and pragmatic style. His presentations and workshops focus on developing the necessary strategies and skills to build personal resilience to deal with life’s challenges and reminding his audience of the important message to avoid trying to tough it out alone.

Major Matina Jewell (retired)

Matina Jewell joined the army as an Officer Cadet in 1994 and graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy with honours in 1996. Upon graduation from the Royal Military College in 1997, Matina joined the Royal Australian Transport Corps.

Matina’s distinguished 15 year military career culminated with a coveted posting to serve as part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East. It was during her time as the only Australian and only woman on the UNTSO Patrol Base on the border between Israel and Lebanon that war broke out in July 2006, and most of Matina’s colleagues were tragically killed.

As a result of the injuries she sustained during the Lebanon War (five fractured and crushed vertebrae plus associated nerve damage), Matina retired from the Australian Army in May 2009. Now retired, she is a member of the ANZAC Centenary Commission, a former member of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council and is a published author.

Media Contact: Ashleigh Paterson 07 3135 2562 or 0407 925 665