I grew up in far north Queensland in between the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, a childhood that taught me a keen passion for nature, people, and culture. Both my parents are incredible activists and being brought up off the grid, connected to nature, and with the idea that we are stewards of the world and each other, I developed strong values that helped me to be the activist I am today, although it took a little while to get there. I worked for some years as an outdoor educator, helping young people form bonds with nature and each other, but slowly realised that the impact I was having was not immediate enough.
I went to university to study sustainability and became an activist, discovering the power of people to create change. I campaigned as a volunteer to go fossil free, to protect the reef, stop Adani and worked locally and nationally. But I still felt that I needed to learn more, so I came to the big smoke – Brisbane. After moving here, I discovered community organising. I did a two day course with The Wilderness Society and knew that this was the work I wanted to do. Since then I have been working at GetUp as an organiser, learning from the organisation, my colleagues and books! GetUp is getting ready for the upcoming federal election and I am working with a State Support Team and 7 Action Groups in our volunteer network.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to hone my understanding of organising, be in a peer environment, and learn how to really change things!