I was born in Birchip, and I grew up in Watchem as part of a network of an extended family with farming heritage based in north-central Victoria. I grew up and, in turn, have raised my family on a farm, as part of a rural community.
My professional experience includes commercial food and fibre production, land and water stewardship, rural, regional and remote community capacity building, corporate governance, and the delivery of education and allied health services in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia. I hold an Honours Degree in Social Science from Bond University.
As I’ve helped to feed and educate six children on an average Growing season Rainfall of 250 mm, I view all problems as having a solution. I’m policy driven, and I can use my voice, so that decision makers listen. I’m not a ‘retail’ politician; rather, I’m a practical person who works collaboratively to achieve outcomes that improve the lives of people living and working in regional areas.
I'm familiar with most areas in the Mallee electorate as I travelled extensively across the constituency in my previous roles as 1995 ABC Rural Woman of the Year, Mallee Catchment Management Authority Board Member, a participant in The Australian Rural Leadership program and Telstra Board Member. I understand the immediate and long-term issues encountered by farming families, regional businesses and community organisations.
I will contest the seat of Mallee as the incumbent, Hon Andrew Broad, is retiring at the 2019 election.
I'm a local independent candidate for Mallee and I would love to show you how I'd bring new life into politics and represent you and the community we cherish.
With almost five decades of experience working and living in the Mallee, Cecilia’s range of skills acquired in leadership roles over the years qualifies her to serve as a federal MP.
ABC Victoria Rural Woman of the Year ‘95
Australian Rural Leadership Program Fellow
Telstra Corporation Director
Telstra Country Wide Advisory Board Member
C COMMS (media communications) Founder & Principal (current)
Environment & Water Resources
WARM Plan Project Steering Committee, Chairperson, Ouyen
Mallee Catchment Management Authority Board Member, Mildura
State Parliament Research Assistant, MLC, NSW
Primary Industries & Marketing
Farm owner/operator dryland broadacre cereals & pulses, Swan Hill
VFF Women in Grains Reference Group Member
Health Services & Mental Health
Honours Degree Social Science – Psychology
Mission Australia Provisional Psychologist
Australian Rural; Remote Allied Health (managing a program for children with disability living in remote areas).
ACT Capital Health Network Program Manager (Mental Health)
ACT Government Housing Manager
Community Liaison Officer and Group Facilitator - Western Medicare
Family Support Services, Condobolin
School Counsellor, Qld
Classroom and specialist teacher MacKillop College, Swan Hill
Classroom and specialist teacher St Pius X Primary School, Warrnambool
Trainer for the long-term unemployed in Qld
Diploma Primary Education, Ballarat
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