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Meet Yamba Iluka Real Estate's dedicated team.


Denise Gillies

Agency Principal / Licensee in Charge / Property Manager

"I moved to Yamba and became involved in real estate in 1988, in 1989 I purchased the long established real estate agency, known as Nationwide Realty (formerly known as Scott Smith & Sullivan, the oldest agency in Yamba, established early 1950's).  Over the many years since, I have worked extremely hard to build my agency and have developed a strong reputation for quality service to my clients.  Having over 28 years in the real estate industry in the Clarence Valley my agency can offer a considerable amount of experience and recommendations to our clients, in order to achieve the results they are seeking."

Sarah Auer

Property Management / Administration

"After more than fifteen years working in real estate in QLD and NSW, I feel I can offer my clients a wealth of knowledge and expertise with all aspects of real estate. I first began my real estate career in Townsville, working in property management. Five years later, in February 2001, I relocated to Iluka to be closer to family and joined the team at Yamba Iluka Real Estate. Once I had developed a strong grounding in all facets of the business, I was thrilled to be appointed as Licensee in Charge of the Iluka office. Even though the Iluka office has now closed, I am still on hand in Iluka to oversee our sales listings and managements in the Iluka and Woombah area. I have every confidence we will continue to provide our clients in Yamba, Iluka and surrounding areas with the same courteous, professional and honest service they have come to expect from our dedicated team."

Cassie Breitnauer

Property Management (Holiday)

I joined the Yamba Iluka Real Estate team after moving to Yamba from Orange NSW at the beginning of 2015. I have over 8 years customer service / administration experience from working in the hospital and health areas . I am enjoying the lifestyle in Yamba and find the position at Yamba Iluka Real Estate to be exciting and challenging.  I am thrilled to be assisting the holiday guests with their enquiries.

Kiara Essex

Property Management 

I have lived and worked in the Yamba area my whole life. I finished my schooling in 2010, and for a short space of time worked at Beachside Bargains, Yamba. In March 2011, I commenced a traineeship with Yamba Iluka Real Estate. I have enjoyed increasing my qualifications and learning more about the property industry. Working with Denise and the team has been a great experience for me. I particularly enjoy the interaction I have with our clients, and being able to meet people from all walks of life.

Suzanne Essex

Property Management (Residential)


Shauna Eldridge

Sales Administration

"I have lived on the North Coast my whole life and moved to the Yamba area and joined the Yamba Iluka Real Estate team in July 2016. I have worked in the Retail industry for the previous 7 years assisting managers in high paced environments. I thoroughly enjoy learning all about the Real Estate Industry and continue to further my skills."

Lisa Plummer

Accounts /Administration

Lisa has been involved in the finance industry for over 30 years with background in banking & credit lending. She has worked in Yamba for the past 17 years & joined the YIRE team in July 2014 working alongside Denise & Sarah in the accounts department.  Lisa is a hardworker & good communicator who enjoys sharing her local knowledge of the Lower Clarence. Lisa holds Certificate IV in finance & is Justice of the Peace.

Grant Gillies

Sales & Marketing

Grant Gillies commenced his real estate career in Yamba in 1989, working in the family business formally known as Nationwide Realty and later PRDnationwide. During his time associated with the franchise groups Grant was awarded numerous sales awards recognising his achievements in sales and his commitment to his clients. A licensed real estate agent, Grant is still involved in the family business which has been operating as an independent office for some years. Now trading as Yamba Iluka Real Estate, the office has maintained it's position as one of the leading real estate offices in the area. Grant is passionate about Yamba and the surrounding area's and possesses a deep seated understanding of the local property market. It is this knowledge and understanding that Grant communicates to his clients in a clear, precise and honest fashion. Knowing that it doesn't matter if it's their first home or an investment property, his clients need expert advice and assistance from an ethical agent.  "My goal has always been, to be able to walk down the street and say hello to any one of my past clients, knowing I have achieved the best possible result for them"

Michelle Gillies

Sales & Marketing

"With a background in sales & marketing within tourism & media, I have been involved in the family business on a part time basis for the past 6 years since returning to live in Yamba. My main role within the business is to oversee the holiday management department; however I given my knowledge of the business I also assist in other areas. When not working I spend my time helping out at my daughters’ school & being a taxi for after school activities. Both my husband Grant & I love Yamba & all it has to offer for bringing up a family."

Ian Dunbar

Sales Agent

Ian Dunbar’s reputation for being fair dinkum and an honest bloke well precede him.  Most people in the Lower Clarence know Ian or know about him, as he has lived and worked in this area for decades.  The former principal of Elders Real Estate Maclean, Ian is known for his extensive knowledge of the Lower Clarence area, especially in relation to rural property.  He also sells residential homes.  Ian’s role is to develop our client base throughout the entire Lower Clarence; with emphasis on the rural sector, lifestyle blocks and commercial development.