Elected Mayor of Burnie in 2014 following 10 years’ service as an Alderman, including four as Deputy Mayor, Anita has an unwavering passion for serving the people of the North West Coast.
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.
In Anita’s role as Chair of the Burnie Local Enabling Group, she promoted the importance of a whole-of-community approach to addressing Burnie’s social and economic challenges with a special focus on the importance of education.
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.
As a Local Government Director on the Board of the Cradle Coast Authority, Anita has had a great insight into the importance of our regional economy and in working together to advocate for the North West.
Born in Burnie, Anita 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 recently worked casually as a Care Coordinator for the Hospice at Home program.
Anita is married to Rory and they have three children together and are involved in agriculture, growing seed potatoes and blueberries.
Anita’s passion for the North West Coast is unwavering. Through her experience, knowledge and skills developed through 12 years in local government and as a regional healthcare professional, Anita will be a strong advocate for the North West in a majority Rebecca White Labor Government.