Behind the name is a team of hardworking individuals, all committed to helping the consituents of the Mildura electorate.
Electorate Officer & Case Manager
I was born and raised in Adelaide, attending Woodville Primary School and Flinders High School.
I moved to Mildura 35 years ago and have had an extensive career in dental nursing, practice management, medical and more recently NDIS in disability support as a support co-ordinator.
I began and managed a dental surgery for 10 years from July 2000. After selling the practice I worked in dental and medical services for Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-Op in Robinvale; dental for Far West Local Health in Dareton and medical for MDAS.
My current role involves responding to constituent enquiries and requests for assistance as well as supporting constituents who’s matters require longer term case management. I also provide administrative support to Ali and the other members of the team.
I was treasurer and race secretary for the Mildura District Water Ski club for three years and have recently retired from water-skiing.
I have two daughters and three grandchildren and away from work enjoy time with family and friends.
I was born in Mildura and attended St Joseph's College, where I completed my VCE, and shortly after, relocated to Sydney and Melbourne where I worked for a number of years for Museums Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image. (ACMI)
My family have a long connection to the Mildura electorate, with Dad being born in Hopetoun, my grandmother born and raised in Ouyen and Mum's family settling in Merbein after their family home on the Murray River at Mildura was destroyed by floods in the 1970s.
Prior to my return to Mildura in 2012, I completed a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work at La Trobe University in Melbourne. In mid 2012 I was involved in community engagement work with Mildura Rural City Council in the Localities Enhancing Arts Participation Program (LEAP) and Mildura Arts Centre.
Prior to Ali's election, I worked as a social work case manager, most recently with Anglicare Victoria, supporting victims of violent crime.
My role involves supporting Ali's work in the Victorian Parliament; briefing her on legislation, frequent communication with Government Advisers, Ministers and other MPs to progress Ali's priorities. I also coordinate Ali's busy schedule during Parliament sitting weeks and working with Ali's team to connect Parliament with the people of the Mildura electorate.
Electorate Office Operations Manager
I was raised in Mildura and attended Sacred Heart Primary School, Trinity Lutheran College and St. Joseph’s College Mildura. After a gap year in Mildura I moved to Adelaide in 2011 to study a Bachelor of Health Sciences, Honours (Management) and a Bachelor of Business (Advanced Leadership and Marketing) at Flinders University. Throughout my time at university, I volunteered and worked in various capacities in the fields of community engagement and politics, hospitality, and healthcare.
I always knew I wanted to move back to Mildura someday and I’m very happy to be back.
Ali’s hard work and passion for our community and it’s people inspired me to jump on board with her and the broader movement and I am so proud that Ali is the first woman to hold the seat of Mildura.
My work days typically involve assisting constituents with a broad range of enquiries, managing the office budgets and finance, and accompanying Ali at meetings in the office and around the electorate.
I joined Team AC in April having spent just over a year as deputy editor with the Sunraysia Daily in Mildura.
With an extensive background in print media, I have worked on newspapers throughout the eastern seaboard of Australia including the Adelaide Advertiser, Ballarat Courier, Shepparton News, Cairns Post and Rockhampton Morning Bulletin.
Born in Warrnambool on the Victorian coast, I completed my schooling at Emmanuel College before starting my media career as a cadet journalist with the Warrnambool Standard. I have held various middle management roles including sports editor, chief sub editor and production editor as well as being a senior journalist before promotion to deputy editor at the Daily.
I took over the politics round when I joined the Daily and covered many big stories over the past year including the Federal election and the Menindee fish kills (which was highly commended in last year’s Rural Press Club awards).
My role is to monitor current events – locally, statewide and nationally – write press releases and provide a media strategy to target both mainstream and social media platforms.
In addition, I research and write Ali’s speeches for parliament.
I was born in Mildura and attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart primary school before joining St Joseph’s College, where I'm currently in Year 10.
It’s fair to say sport and community service are high priorities for me.
I play football for Cardross in the Sunraysia Women's Football League and received a leadership in sports award for football at St Joseph’s.
Other school awards I have received include the Sister Gertrude Enright all rounder award in 2019; the Principal’s Award; two Academic excellence in English awards; was in the top 10 percent of my year level twice and have been a member of the SRC for two years.
I was nominated for the Mildura Rural City Council Volunteer Youth Award this year and was also accepted to participate in the YMCA Youth Parliament Program, with our Bill being mandatory airconditioning for public housing.
My community service includes being St Joseph’s student representative on Anzac Day, being a volunteer tour guide, participating in the 24-hour MS Mega Swim and being on the board of youth drop-in and activity hub Home Base.