Born and raised on a dairy farm in Western Victoria, Craig was educated in the local public school system. After graduation from Cobden Technical School Craig entered the work force and worked in a number of industries including Night Manager and later a Duty Manager of a large resort where he oversaw a number key areas from restaurants, reception, rooms and housing keeping. Later Craig married and they had a son Luke. He then went on to run a small country motel, and later, purchased a small Locksmith business in Colac.
While operating his small business he became a member of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) as a volunteer fire fighter., Everywhere he went in Victoria he transferred his membership between different brigades, from Rutherglen to the Colac Brigade, where he experienced fighting structural fires, bush fires, grass, fires, car fires and many more. He was elevated to the rank of Captain of the CFA Brigade in Colac for 4 year before relocating to Cairns.
In 2000 in Colac, Craig gained employment with the Rural Victorian Ambulance. Craig was educated by the Ambulance at Monash University and graduated with a Diploma in Ambulance and Paramedic studies, he then trained for his on-road component in Geelong where he worked for a few years until he was qualified as a fulltime Paramedic. Later he then transferred back to Colac where he worked there for a number of years until late 2008 when he then transferred his membership to Cairns.
In June 2008 he walked the Kokoda Track in PNG which was a life changing experience for him. This led him to make the decision to relocating to Cairns, a nicer and tropical location.
He moved to Cairns with his best friend Rosalie and Craig became a Paramedic at Mareeba Station with the Queensland Ambulance Service where he commuted daily from Cairns for a few years. In 2011 he was fortunate to be transferred to the Cairns Station and worked there up until his election in 2015 representing the seat of Barron River in the Queensland Parliament.
In Parliament Craig has previously served on the Finance and Administration committee and currently is serving on both the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources and Ethics committees. He is also a member of the Parliamentary Friend of Surf Life Saving Queensland and Parliamentary Friends of Cricket.
During his time in the Ambulance service in Queensland and Victoria he was very prominent in the Union Movement, representing staff at marketing tables and disciplinary hearings, pushing for safer workplaces for Paramedics (particularly in relation to violence toward Paramedics), ensuring the equipment in the vehicles and the treatment of paramedics by management, government and all agencies was fair.
One of the driving factors behind Craig’s entry to politics was the serious ramping issue at Cairns Hospital. In 2011 he was appointed to the Queensland Hospital MEDI Metropolitan Emergency Department Access Initiative by the then Minister for Health to deal with Queensland’s ramping problems.
Craig’s qualifications include
- Diploma in Paramedic and Ambulance study
- Certificate IV in Fire Fighting
Some of Craig’s interest include gardening and he is a keen home handy-man with many projects on the go (with very few of them actually finished).
Craig married his fiancé Rosalie in Parliament in April 2016, they currently reside in Trinity Park where they have two dogs and two cats.