Carly Portch is a dynamic radio host on Hit FM based in Cairns, she is a published writer / blogger who has been published by Mamamia and She is also a speaker, MC and passionate animal advocate. Carly fully appreciates the privilege she has in having a platform to express her ideas and opinions and likes to encourage others to overcome their fears to be heard.



John Butagig (Buttigieg) was raised in Cairns and has been playing the guitar since the age of 10. Discovering that guitar was his passion, he spent his time growing up constantly finding new unique ways of playing such a diverse instrument. Deciding playing one guitar wasn’t enough, he now plays two, at the same time. He writes his own music and loves to play gigs and go busking. John is also studying an IT degree and enjoys playing Tennis and Basketball.

Michelle Redman-MacLaren

Michelle is a public health researcher with a social work background, known for her ability to facilitate action-oriented research in a culturally respectful way for positive health outcomes. She achieves this by through participatory, decolonising public health research with Pacific Islander and Indigenous Australian peoples that is sensitive to culture, spirituality and gender. With 25 years’ experience in these settings, Michelle is now exploring how poetry can re-present research evidence for improved health outcomes.