Tania McGarrity Is Ms March 2019

Admin and Marketing at the Lennox Hotel and Pandanus Bar & Productions

Birthplace: Griffith

Family: husband Ray, daughter Loren, sons Evan and Jack

Star Sign: Gemini

Favourite Food: Homemade spinach pie and san choy bau

Tania McGarrity was born in Griffith but moved with her family to Lennox Head in 1973. Her mother enrolled her and two of her siblings in at the Lennox Head Public School. Tania says the school asked her mother to enrol her youngest brother Jason too so that they could get their first demountable classroom, but he was too young, so they all went to school in the original two timber classrooms.

When she finished high school (Ballina High), Tania moved to Sydney to undertake a Postal Clerk training course. After she finished she came back to Kingscliff, working during the day at the Byron Bay Post Office and at night as a night filler in a Palm Beach supermarket. Her family owned and ran the Lennox Head nursery so on Sundays she would help her father selling plants at the local markets.

After leaving Byron Bay Post Office, Tania worked at Cheetah Swim wear in Currumbin, where she became the head ‘cutter’.

In 1990 Tania and Ray took off around Australia and settled in WA for seven years, where she worked at Dinkum Aussie Sportswear making Sport and School uniforms.

They got married and had their first two children, Loren and Evan. In 1997 she and her family moved back to Lennox Head, built a house and in 1998 she and husband had their youngest child, Jack.

In 2000 Tania got a job at the Lennox Hotel, and she is still there to this day and still loving it. She started in the bottle shop, but now works mainly in administration in the Hotel office and runs the footy tipping competitions across several codes.

Tania organises the annual Pig Races, a Fundraiser for the Shake it Up Foundation (for Parkinson’s Disease) at the Lennox head Community Centre.

She’s also started up a little side-line business of her own called Pandanus Bar & Productions which operates out of the Park Lane Theatre in the Community Centre. She books entertainment, promotes the gigs and provides catering to the crowd. This month she is bringing James Reyne to town, and hopes to arrange six big-name gigs a year.

What’s the best thing about your job? I love the people, the work itself. I run all the footy tipping comps and get to meet so many different people. I love a challenge.

Worst thing? Blackouts at the pub are the worst. When the power goes down, everything goes off and because of the salt a lot of things like pokie machines and TVs, just won’t come back on again. It can be a real nightmare.

Hobbies? Travel, snowboarding, snorkelling, scuba diving, beach walks and pretty much anything outdoors.

Work Life Philosophy? Don’t count the days, make the days count.

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