Dawn joined the NSW Legislative Council in March 2017, filling the casual vacancy left by Jan Barham. She had previously been the Greens candidate for the seat of Richmond in the 2013 and 2016 federal elections, increasing the Greens vote each time.
Dawn has a deep commitment to social and environmental justice, as evident through long-term advocacy for women’s access to the health system, local environmental protection and her work to oppose coal seam gas mining. Dawn also has 15 years of experience as a small business policy advisor to the Victorian Government. Beginning her career at the Commonwealth Employment Service, Dawn was responsible for developing and funding programs to make TAFE more accessible to women. It was there that she developed a passion for the practical vocational focus of our TAFE system.
Dawn is committed to protecting our land and water, and standing up for communities’ rights to clean air, clean water, a safe climate and fair society. She is passionate about increasing Aboriginal representation in Parliament, and called for an examination into ways to increase indigenous representation during her inaugural speech.
Growing up, Dawn developed a close affinity to nature that was nurtured and shared by her father on their long bush walks together. This upbringing instilled in her a deep love and respect for the environment; a love that helped her make the decision to move to the beautiful Northern Rivers over ten years ago.
Today, Dawn lives in a small town on the Tweed Coast with her partner and three children where they run a local manufacturing business. In her spare time, she enjoys bushwalking, surfing and cooking with fresh produce from her thriving veggie patch.