I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land across the electorate, the Bundjalung people, and pay my respects to elders past and present.
Thank you for visiting my website. As the Member for Ballina and the Greens spokesperson for our Marine Environment, Small Business and Regional Development I am passionate about standing up for the environment and delivering a gas field free Northern Rivers. I am committed to improvements for our community across health, education and public transport and I will work tirelessly to create more jobs in our region and to advocate for transparent and accountable government.
My family have lived in the Northern Rivers region since the 1860s so I feel strongly part of this community and I am passionate about our precious environment and the future of this area.
I was a secondary school teacher for many years both here and in the outback and I became a solicitor in 2012. I have worked across social justice, aboriginal affairs and public education advocacy.
Our beautiful environment and rural lifestyle on the North Coast is a tribute to the hard work of many people in the community over many years who have worked to protect it from over-development and industrialisation.
I have been active in many of these campaigns in the past and I continue to support campaigns to protect our Cape Byron Marine Park Sanctuary and our beaches, waterways and forests as the intergenerational resources of the region. I was part of the legal team supporting the protectors working to stop gas mining at Bentley and it is a priority for me to progress the campaign to make the Northern Rivers gas field free.
I am the first woman to represent the electorate of Ballina and the first Green MP in a regional seat in any Parliament of Australia. My election was a dramatic shift in NSW politics and I look forward to demonstrating Greens principles of grassroots democracy in representing every person in my electorate and working to ensure the community has a greater say in the decisions of Government which impact upon their lives.
Please get in touch with my office if I can assist in any way.
You can view my inaugural speech to the parliament here.