About Gavin

Gavin King is based in Cairns, in the beautiful Far North Queensland region.
He is the co-founder and editor of www.tropicnow.com.au, a published author, online marketing specialist and a former Member of Parliament and Assistant Minister in the Queensland Legislative Assembly. 

Career
In a variety of senior roles as a journalist over the past 15 years, Gavin has been at the coalface of issues in a range of communities big and small.

Gavin was so determined to be a journalist he started his first business – a music magazine – at the age of 15. By the age of 21, he had worked his way up to become the editor of weekly magazine Revolver, one of the largest weekly publications in Sydney.

In 2000, he took a job with aid agency World Vision in the community of Papunya, west of Alice Springs, to work with Aboriginal people addicted to petrol sniffing. He spent two years at the community, project managing the building of a recording studio that is still successfully operating to help people recover from the scourge of addiction.

Gavin returned to journalism in 2003, and for the past eight years he has worked in senior positions for The Centralian Advocate, The Cairns Post and The Sunday Mail. His various roles have included political reporter, business editor, North Queensland correspondent, chief of staff and finally editor-at-large at The Cairns Post, where he became the face of the newspaper with regular appearances on TV and radio segments, and a large online presence.

His focus as the Member for Cairns and Assistant Minister for Tourism from 2012 to 2015 was getting the tropical city back on track after years of tough economic times, high crime rates and substandard health and hospital services.

In 2015, he wrote “Can Do”, the authorised biography of former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman published by Connor Court Publishing.

In early 2016, he joined forces with a group of local businesses in Cairns to launch Tropic Group, a multi-platform, integrated media and lifestyle company servicing tropical north Queensland and the inbound tourism market. The company’s first project is Tropic Now (www.tropicnow.com.au), an online news and media site.

In Parliament
* Chair of the Queensland-Papua New Guinea Exchange Taskforce
* Chair of the Queensland Tourism Backbench Working Group
* Chair of the North Queensland Insurance Action Group

Patron
Gavin is incredibly proud to be patron of the following organisations:
* Cairns Netball Association
* Cairns District Junior Rugby League
* Rondo Theatre

Personal

Gavin met and married his wife Leah in Cairns, and their first child Saskia was born at Cairns Base Hospital in 2010. Their second child, Percy was also born in Cairns in 2012.
Gavin has a passion for books and reading (especially Hunter S Thompson, Charles Bukowski and a range of non-fiction authors), music (mostly Bob Dylan), a variety of sports (mainly basketball) and is an avid backyard vegetable gardener and compost enthusiast.