I ran for the Greens and was elected as an Alderman to the Hobart City Council, in Tasmania’s local government elections running 14-28 October 2014.
I’m enthusiastic about helping people to create positive change, with innovative ideas and fresh approaches to solving problems.
I’ve had a diverse range of work since my first jobs as a waitress and a travelling art teacher in Aboriginal communities. These roles include:
- Establishing a new community legal centre in North Queensland.
- Establishing Australia’s first climate change community organisation in 1998 – the Climate Action Network Australia.
- Working at WWF International where I co-managed the international climate change program working to co-ordinate 30 nationally-based campaigns.
- Being the International Advisor for the Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens, and in that capacity worked closely with a range of parties, parliamentarians and government departments.
Currently I am CEO of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania and run my own consultancy business, Policy & Campaign Solutions.
I was the Greens candidate for the federal seat of Denison in 2013. In my spare time, I’m involved in a number of community projects, such as the Walk Safely Hobart campaign and a project to start a Community Bank in South Hobart.
I’ve been lucky to have lived all over Australia – from Broome to Cairns, Sydney, Canberra and now Hobart – with my partner Mark and two fantastic kids. I have long family connections in Tasmania dating back to 1850, and my parents brought us here every Christmas during my childhood (I grew up in Townsville).