Anita has an unwavering passion for serving the people of the North West Coast. She was born in Burnie, attended Marist College, before studying a Bachelor of Nursing in Ballarat.
She returned to Burnie in 2001 and worked as a registered nurse in clinical settings, project management, education and research, predominantly in palliative care services across the North-West and West Coasts.
Anita was elected Mayor of Burnie in 2014 following 10 years’ service as an Alderman, including four as Deputy Mayor. As Chair of Making Burnie 2030, Anita steered her community to develop a 20 year strategic plan for their city’s future.
As Mayor, Anita championed Making Burnie 2030’s vision that Burnie is a regional leader, engaged with the world; a vibrant, thriving, beautiful place; a caring community and a city that lives its dreams.
Anita believes that for the people of the North West to have a bright and prosperous future, government must support our diversified local economy to enable more employment opportunities and invest in our people through improved access to health care, education opportunities and community services.
Through her experience, knowledge and skills developed through 12 years in local government and as a regional healthcare professional, Anita is a strong advocate for the North West.
Anita is married to Rory and they have three children and are involved in agriculture, growing seed potatoes and blueberries.