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He was born in Geelong, the eldest of 5 siblings. Shortly there after, with a growing Family, his Parents moved to Lara to run the local Milkbar. They immersed themselves in local community groups and established Lara’s first Real Estate office.
Tony was educated at Lara Lake Primary School and then Chanel College and St. Joseph’s Geelong for his secondary education. After 2 years of Off Campus studies at Deakin University studying Commerce, he transferred to RMIT to complete a Business Degree in 1986.
After working in Edinburgh, Scotland on a graduate exchange program he returned to Australia and commenced working in the Family Real Estate business in 1987. After 25 years in Real Estate he sold his business in 2012, which allowed some time to be able to cater for his passion of putting back into the local community.
Participating in the Committee for Geelong’s Leaders for Geelong program helped to develop an interest in the area of Mental Health. After his brother Mick took his own life, a role as a public speaker for Beyond Blue began. He successfully lobbied the Geelong and Hawthorn football clubs to play annually for the “”Beyond Blue Cup”” as a vehicle to promote awareness about Depression. He was appointed a National Ambassador for Beyond Blue in 2013.
Tony served on the board of the Barwon Health Foundation, played an active role in the establishment of the Bendigo Community Bank in Lara and has served as the Chair Person of the Headspace Barwon Fund.
Tony stood as a Liberal Candidate for the Seat of Lara in the 2014 Victorian State Election, an experience that he doesn’t expect to repeat!” “Tony McManus an ambassador for Beyond Blue, spoke at the function and presented not only a number of facts about suicide and depression but also shared his personal family story which resonated deeply. Tony also talked about recognising the signs of depression in our friends and loved ones and strategies for assisting those around us who may be struggling, including ways of dealing with depression and dark thoughts.
Robyn and Danny Keating