Fiona was elected as a Councillor for Balonne Shire Council in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016 as Deputy Mayor. Fiona maintains a diverse range of portfolios including economic development, public health, asset management, disaster management and arts and culture, as well as chairing several committees including information communication technology and parks and gardens. Fiona also sits on the Boards of the South West Regional Economic Development Association and RDA Darling Downs and South West.
Commencing her career in the health field as a Speech Pathologist in 2004, and working in the St George Primary Health Care Unit from 2008 until 2013, Fiona is a highly experienced rural generalist practitioner. She has also worked as an allied health co-ordinator in a rural setting and as a speech pathologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, having been chosen from her graduating year for their highly sought after Graduate Program.
Ms Gaske was published in the Disability and Rehabilitation peer-reviewed academic journal in 2004 highlighting her advocacy and health experience.
Fiona has significant skills and expertise in community engagement, serving as the Chair of the St George Community Advisory Network for two years from its inception in 2012. Fiona’s leadership and networking skills were acknowledged as a finalist in the Queensland Rural and Remote Women’s Network Leadership Awards in 2014 for Professional excellence, and most recently having been chosen for the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
Fiona currently lives in St George with her husband, Andrew, and two young children.
Fiona holds a Master of Speech Pathology Studies and a Bachelor of Music and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.