I’m a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, living on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne’s north. I’m a community worker, mother and grandmother and Managing Director of Clan Corporation, a sustainable housing and renewable energy business. I am involved in the Australian Greens, currently serving nationally on the Inaugural Blak Greens Working Group.
I’m active in social justice and human rights advocacy, and in working for the environment.
I am a previous participant in the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership and remain actively involved in working with Aboriginal communities and Torres Strait Islander people across Victoria as the current Victorian NAIDOC Committee Chair.
My entire adult life I’ve fought to protect our environment; for high quality and accessible education and health – for social justice and for a stronger voice in decision-making for ordinary Victorians.
My experience in building political change started as a young woman, I led the only successful campaign against the eastern gas pipeline.
That pipeline wrecked old-growth forest from Longford to Sydney but we managed to save Nowa Nowa Gorge on Gunnai Country.
That’s when I first experienced the power of ordinary people working together. I went on to work with rural communities across Victoria to mitigate the effects of global warming.
I grew up in public housing in Melbourne’s north. Being an Aboriginal woman and a mum at 17, I did it tough. I lived in Reservoir with my baby and attended TAFE in Epping to continue my education.
I know first-hand the challenges people face with education, welfare and housing and know the talent and contributions our society misses out on when people are excluded from opportunities to succeed.