Luke grew up the eldest of eight kids. They had little money so they all worked, looked after each other and contributed to their community. Luke’s work brought him to the north and he now lives in Darwin, is married to Kate and has a daughter and a son.
Luke started his working life with Defence, spending 13 years in the Army, including leadership roles in Parachute Infantry, Commandos, Defence Cooperation Programs, the Territory’s own Norforce as well as overseas service in PNG, Malaysia and Timor-Leste. Luke’s time in the Army taught him duty and service, teamwork and leadership.
After leaving the Army, Luke worked overseas in countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Albania and Timor-Leste. Luke co-founded a not-for-profit NGO: Life, Love and Health; an Australian volunteer charity for Timor-Leste. LL&H has fundraised and built schools, brought running water to remote villages, and delivered maternal health care. For this work, Luke was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006 for his relief work during the 2006 humanitarian crisis.
Luke established the Remote Area Health Corps in 2008, a Territory based federally funded program to prepare and provide GPs, nurses, dental and allied health professionals to remote Northern Territory health centres.
Luke strongly believes in contributing to the community and here in Darwin he works as a Vinnies volunteer after serving as the Darwin CEO.
Luke’s family have a mortgage. He fully understands the pressures on the cost of living and wants to help Darwin and Palmerston keep their great lifestyle. That means growing jobs, protecting conditions and making sure people don’t get left behind.