Cheryl was born and bred in Barcaldine the birthplace of the Australian Labor Party and now lives and runs a business there. Growing up in the bush Cheryl always felt a connection to Labor’s traditional social justice values. While Cheryl acknowledges herself to be a First Australian, specifically an Iningai woman, she also recognises that her Aboriginal ancestors alongside the first settlers of the time worked together to build the bush as we know it today.
Cheryl’s grandparents, uncles and aunties were contracted by the then local council to produce coal from the gidgea tree to fuel the power station that generated electricity for the town of Barcaldine for over 20 years.
Cheryl is a mother of four children and has always been a very active member of the Barcaldine community. She owns and runs a café originally owned and operated by her parents. She also owns and manages a student hostel providing hope and access to secondary education for disenfranchised students from remote areas.
Cheryl was a primary school teacher for 20 years and as a teacher she created a range of cultural events and was the first female Rugby League coach at her school. She successfully coached her team to the metropolitan school finals in her first year.
Cheryl believes that no matter who you are if given the right opportunities and with a strong work ethic you can achieve whatever you want to achieve. Cheryl is proudly living proof of this.
As a former teacher she is passionate about education and training and equal access to employment for all. Cheryl Thompson will represent all Queenslanders, in particular, she be the voice of those rarely if ever represented west of the Great Divide.