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Peta Short

Meet the team - Mortgage Choice Fraser Coast

At Mortgage Choice Hervey Bay and Maryborough, our goal is to make the process of getting finance and financial services as stress free as possible. 

We are extremely passionate about helping you make better choices for a better life, whether it be purchasing your first home, investing in the property market, or commercial & asset lending. 

Peta Short

Peta Short


Peta has over 30 years experience in the finance industry - before the life changing opportunity to start her own Mortgage Choice Franchise presented itself in December 1999, she enjoyed a long and successful career with the ANZ Bank spanning over nearly 20 years. With her background and skills, Peta now does what she likes best: assisting people achieve their dreams and goals.

Peta is highly regarded within the Fraser Coast area for her wealth of experience, attention to detail and dedication to her clients - these are just some of the reasons she is the best when it comes to customers returning again and again.

Peta is also a qualified Commissioner for Declarations which empowers her to witness signatures (e.g. Mortgage Documents) and take Statutory Declarations.

John Short

John Short

Loans Consultant & Manager - Maryborough

John joined the Mortgage Choice team in 2005 after seventeen years as an Electrical Engineer with Maryborough TAFE. Prior to that, John worked as an electrician with Walkers in Maryborough. John's highly diverse background and wide skill set have him well placed to run the Maryborough office of Mortgage Choice. John is an expert in property investment and development, having been through the process personally numerous times.

John is well regarded for his patience, professionalism, customer care and attention to detail. He enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds and thrives on a challenge - John is known for always doing that little bit extra for his customers. These are just some of the reasons that John has received countless referrals from his existing clients since joining Mortgage Choice.

John is also a qualified Commissioner for Declarations which empowers him to witness signatures (e.g. Mortgage Documents) and take Statutory Declarations.

Alicia Bartel

Loans Processing Manager - Maryborough

Alicia joined the team at Mortgage Choice Maryborough in April 2013. She is our valued Loans Processing Manager in the Maryborough office and also Personal Assistant to John Short.

Before starting with Mortgage Choice, Alicia worked as a conveyancing paralegal at local law firms for many years. Over that time she built a wealth of knowledge and can see the 'bigger picture' when it comes to purchasing property which gives her an edge in her current role. 

Alicia works hard to ensure your application is up to date and progressing smoothly. She is your port of call when you have a question regarding the progress of your application and will ensure you are kept in the loop throughout the lending process and you receive the best possible service. 

Phone: 07 4123 5022

Nicole Ellis

Loans Processing Manager - Hervey Bay

Nicole joined the team at Mortgage Choice Hervey Bay in November 2015 temporarily to fill in for a team member on maternity leave. Proving her value, she is still our Loans Processing Manager years on and loving it.

Nicole also has a passion for real estate and works alongside her real estate agent husband Maurice selling houses and attending open homes on weekends. Her time in both industries has allowed her to see both sides of a purchase/sale transaction and gives her definite advantage in her current role with Mortgage Choice.

Nicole works hard to ensure your application is up to date and progressing smoothly, keeping you in the loop throughout the process. 

Phone: 07 4124 7822

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