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Gemma Plesman

I started organising in the Northern Rivers of NSW when friends and I started a group called ‘Girls Against Gas’ as part of the efforts to put a stop to CSG mining in the region. At this time I began volunteering with the Northern Rivers Young Greens as the coordinator and also started an Australian Youth Climate Coalition local group that organised a repower event to raise money for a local bakery to become more energy efficient. Since that time I have worked and volunteered mainly with AYCC in various organising roles including as the Queensland State Coordinator, Queensland Youth Decide Campaign Coordinator and Queensland Start the Switch Schools Coordinator. In late 2013 I moved to Mackay to help with the coal ports campaign with Mackay Conservation Group and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

I am currently working for the AMCS for the Fight for the Reef Campaign as a Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner in Airlie Beach. This year I will be working with the MCG designing a community sustainability project for the organisation and working on their coal port campaign (focused mainly on Abbot Point and Dudgeon Point) as a Community Organiser.