Melinda grew up in regional Victoria, studied in Melbourne, and worked as a physiotherapist in Melbourne and then Cairns. An injury requiring a career change lead her to join the Queensland Police Service in 1999. She worked in regional centres and communities on the Cape, Far North Queensland and Central Queensland before settling at Mount Coolum on the Sunshine Coast 10 years ago.
Melinda is passionate about both training and leadership in professional and ethical decision making in order to best serve our community. Her experiences in Disaster Management have highlighted the urgent need to protect our environment and address climate change.
Melinda has two young children attending a local state school and cannot speak highly enough of our education system and its importance in managing ongoing economic and environmental challenges. The Queensland Labor government has shown what can be achieved when evidence-based reasoning wins over ideology in managing the current pandemic, and the successful abortion law reform.
Melinda’s experiences have given her a deep understanding of the issues caused by inequality and disadvantage and believes Labor is the only party with the policies to address these problems. Her drive to serve the community and build a healthy and safe future led her to put her hand up to represent the people of Ninderry in the upcoming State election.