Leeanne has lived on Brisbane’s south and in Logan for over 30 years and is a mother to two teenage sons.
As the first member of her family to graduate from university Leeanne developed a lifelong commitment to education early in her life. She spent more than a decade as a high school teacher, working in a number of schools in South-East Queensland and in East London where her passion for community development and social justice grew stronger.
After leaving teaching, Leeanne held senior roles in local and state government leading the development and implementation of policies to support some of Queensland’s most at risk families. Leeanne worked for the Australian Red Cross for seven years in leadership roles at the state and national level guiding humanitarian policy and programs to improve the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable. She also worked with the QCU to bring justice and equity to all Queenslanders.
Leeanne is a proud Nunukul/Nughi woman from North Stradbroke Island. She has a strong sense of social justice supported by her remarkable ability to listen to the needs of others and turn issues into positive actions.
Since 12 December 2017, she has been serving as Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, and Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts.