Director of Tourism, Small Business, Mining and Other Industries Sector
John Charlton has been living on Cape York and operating Cape York Adventures at Seisia since 1996, operating vessels catering for self-drive tourist, fly in tourist, fishing, trips, sightseeing, Thursday and Horn Island day trips and general boat charters. John’s history includes working in the building industry in Sydney, Cairns and Northern Peninsula Area. He is married with two children raised in Seisia and Cairns.
John has completed studies of Applied Biology including wildlife, fire and park management and ecology and is a licensed tradesperson (Carpentry), holds his Coxswain and is a QLD transport Accredited Operator.
John has a passion for Cape York and a desire to contribute to the future of the Cape. Living and working in Far North Queensland, John is aware of the challenges for businesses in the region and is keen to share and offer advice. He has been fortunate to witness the changes of Cape York since 1980, including the improvements of roads, infrastructure, National Parks and the popularity of 4wds and growth of outdoor activities and the demographic of Cape visitors.
John is aware the relevance of the traditional owners and the need for development that won’t compromise the Cape. John sees the need to work with all walks of life and be prepared to comprise. He is familiar with workings of committees and general governance and working towards achievable goals.
Membership of other organisations include:
- 1998-1999 Queensland Fish Management Zone advisory committee
- 1996 to present Chamber of Commerce type organisations at Seisia, including Bamaga and Thursday island area
- 2010-2013 Board member with Cape York Sustainable Futures.
- 2012 to present Board member on Cape York Local Tourism Organisation