Libby is a sincere and passionate advocate for the Corangamite community, having served as Member since 2019. Libby has longstanding credentials as a local representative that platforms and promotes local people and local views. She has worked hard to reinforce this since being elected to federal Parliament, focussing on key issues that matter to the Corangamite community.
Libby’s values of hard work and community commitment were instilled at an early age by her mother, a nurse in a public hospital, and her father, a public servant and small businessman. Libby’s parents taught her the significance of serving the community. Seeing her mother at work showed Libby the value in caring for others.
A former teacher and journalist, Libby holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of New England), a Diploma of Education (Monash) and Bachelor of Letters (Deakin). For more than a decade, Libby has represented her local community as a Surf Coast Shire Councillor, serving twice as Mayor.
Libby is the Chair of the Education, Science, Research and the Arts Caucus Committee (ESRA). Her passion for education stems from her experience as a public school teacher. She believes a high standard of education from the early years right through to university and TAFE is the catalyst for a bright future.
Having lived on the Surf Coast for almost 30 years, Libby is well aware of the worsening effects of climate change, and the consequences of inaction. Libby is a passionate supporter of investment in clean energy and a bold renewable energy target.
Libby values our business community and recognises the hard work of small business owners and employers in Corangamite. A small business owner herself, Libby has worked closely with community, business, and government organisations across the region.
As a mother of two young daughters, Libby believes there is more to be done to support women and girls. Libby wants her children to grow up in a community where all people are valued, respected, and given equal opportunity.