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Terry Bates

Terry Bates


Why he gets up in the morning…

In mid-2021, after losing a close family member and a couple of close friends, the “Woodgate Bear “- as he likes to be known – decided that after 17 years in the idyllic beachside town of Woodgate it was time to move on and seek a quieter place to call home.

 After searching far and wide and looking at hundreds of properties he and his partner Jan found what they decided was their “forever home “.  On 19th October 2021 they moved to the small village of Carruchan, just ten minutes’ drive northwest of Cardwell in Far North Queensland. A beautiful home on three acres of rainforest (some might call it jungle) was what they desired and are now well on the way to creating their tropical paradise.

 The Bear enjoys the laid-back lifestyle and – if not making gardens and tracks through the bush on their property – you will find him out on the water exploring the magnificent islands of the Hinchinbrook / Cassowary Coast, maybe dropping a pot looking for those great FNQ muddies or wetting a line hoping for some luck fishing. 

At 71 years young – and after some major surgery in March 2023 – Terry says he has another 30 years in him, so he doesn’t intend slowing down any time soon.

Why he is such an asset to you…

Terry joined the firm in March 2000 and until his move to FNQ in October 2021 divided his time between our Tewantin and Woodgate offices, managing clients in both areas. Since then, he still works remotely from home in FNQ and visits Woodgate and Tewantin four times a year.

 Working reduced hours has given him a renewed vitality and enthusiasm for work and life. With more than 40 years’ experience in the accounting industry, he still has a lot to offer both the firm and it’s valued clients. Previous experience includes various senior management positions in accounting firms in Brisbane and Regional Queensland as well as five years running a small business. It is this experience that allows Terry to understand the needs and expectations of business clients, both large and small and his knowledge enables him to provide the necessary advice and support.








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