Patrons & Ambassadors


We are proud of our Patrons and Ambassadors and are very grateful for the support they provide to Animal Welfare League Queensland.

Patron – Ita Buttrose AC OBE

Ita Buttrose is a leading journalist, businesswoman, author, community and welfare contributor and 2013 Australian of the Year. Ita is a champion for the welfare of senior citizens and an avid animal lover. AWLQ is pleased to have Ita Buttrose AC OBE as our official Patron.

Patron – The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

The Hon Michael Kirby has dedicated his life to fighting for justice for those who suffer in silence including the most vulnerable to exploitation and cruelty - animals. The AWLQ is very pleased to welcome the Hon Michael Kirby as our official Patron.

Amanda Abate

Amanda is a News Presenter and Reporter for 7 News on the Gold Coast, and a big lover of animals.

Barry Robinson

Barry Robinson is the CEO and Managing Director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and Wyndham Hotel Group, South Pacific.

Charlotte Crosby

International English reality TV star Charlotte Crosby is possibly best known as a founding cast member and break out star of MTV’s mega-hit show Geordie Shore. Her vibrant and uniquely honest personality captivated fans from the outset and 12 seasons in she is still the series’ most popular cast member.

Courtney Hancock

Courtney Hancock is a young woman with natural ability, a charismatic personality, a zest for life and a strong work ethic which saw her realise here dream of becoming an Ironwoman champion.

Gary Baildon OM, KSJ, D Univ (Griffith)

Gary Baildon is a semi-retired businessman with experience in retailing, wholesaling and advertising. He served 14 years as a Councillor with the Gold Coast City Council including three terms as Mayor.

Jake Edwards

Jake is passionate about animal welfare and hopes his involvement, whether helping raise awareness around key issues or giving his time, will support AWLQ to create a brighter future for animals in need.

Jarrod Wallace

Wallace was born and raised on the Gold Coast, playing his first junior rugby league for the Runaway Bay Seagulls at age 4. At age 13, Wallace moved to Coffs Harbour, New South Wales where his father played local rugby league. While there, he played junior rugby league with the Sawtell Panthers before signing with the Gold Coast Titans at age 16, and moving back to Queensland.

Luke Shayler

Luke is a huge animal advocate and is passionate about rescue.

Milly Bannister

Milly is a passionate animal advocate and can’t imagine her life without them. Milly hopes that her involvement will help AWLQ to find happy homes for the animals in their care and raise awareness around animal welfare issues.

Nicholas Buchanan

The current Gold Coast Dolphins and former Brisbane Heat fast bowler has joined AWLQ as an ambassador. He has a passion for animals. “I have always been a huge animal lover, predominately dogs. Animals provide unconditional love.” – Nicholas Buchanan

Oliver O’Connell

Oliver is a model, influencer and film and television extra from the Gold Coast who has worked with numerous children's clothing brands. Oliver's film and television credits include extra roles in the movie ‘Escape and Evasion’ and a new TV series ‘The End’, both of which were filmed on the Gold Coast.

Sally Pearson OAM

Sally Pearson is one of Australia’s greatest olympians and the fifth fastest 100m hurdler in history.

Thorne Lyons

Thorne Lyons is a native Gold Coaster. He joined Mensa at age 5 and is a very enthusiastic member of the CSIRO Double Helix Club. He is widely travelled for his young years, and has met some very influential and famous people in his travels including the President of Malta and the late Sir Jack Brabham.

Trent Owers

Trent loves all animals big and small and incredibly proud to be an Ambassador AWLQ.

Wade Von Bibra

As the third generation to be involved in the motor industry, from an early age Wade Von Bibra was introduced to the concept of hard work by his father Warren.