Dixon dumps law for real estate

STEVE Dixon, the constant political bridesmaid, is turning his back on politics and law in favour of a new career in commercial real estate.

The Hervey Bay lawyer, who has been a champion of Hervey Bay and then the Fraser Coast, the Liberal Party and then the LNP, says he had always intended to move into a new career after 25 years in law.

“I always intended that my second career would be in politics,” he said. “That just hasn't happened.”

Mr Dixon, a partner in Bell Dixon Butler law firm, was a key player in building the Hervey Bay branch of the Liberal Party into one of the strongest in the state, at the same time taking a high profile in leading business in the city. As president of the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce for seven years he developed the chamber into one of the most active and innovative in Queensland.

Mr Dixon was on the Liberal state council but was continually denied a chance to run for State Parliament because the National coalition party claimed Hervey Bay as its territory and fielded its own candidates. The agreement that the coalition parties would not contest each other in three-cornered contests meant Mr Dixon was unable to run.

Federally, the tenures of Nationals Warren Truss in Hervey Bay and Paul Neville in Hinkler also meant doors were closed.

Mr Dixon was elected to the state council when the LNP was formed last year but did not elect to run in the Hervey Bay seat, throwing his support behind former mayor Ted Sorensen instead.

“I've had a tremendously stimulating career in law but I always intended that 25 years would be the benchmark when I would go into another career. Politics hasn't worked out but I've always had an interest in commercial real estate, which is what my father did in Melbourne.

“Through his work I came to know some of the most dynamic business people in Victoria. They used to talk about law with me and fuelled my interest in that.”

Mr Dixon said his partners in BDB would buy him out in a planned succession. He will join the Queensland Commercial Properties company started by Glen Winney.

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