Janet grew up and was educated in the Launceston suburb of Ravenswood and worked as a retail assistant to support her college and university education. Graduating from UTAS with a Bachelor of Education, Janet dedicated herself to a successful 25-year teaching career in the public system. Janet has also worked as a campaign coordinator, an electorate officer for the Federal Member for Lyons and has served three terms as a local government councillor.
Janet has seen firsthand how education and opportunity can change lives. If elected, a focus will be on assisting young people to realise their full potential by finishing year 12 with clear pathways into apprenticeships, TAFE, University or secure employment.
A married, working mother of three adult children, Janet has entrenched herself into community life through her active roles and past roles in many local community committees – including fishing and football Clubs, playgroup, as well as being the inaugural Secretary and committee member of the Australian Fly-Fishing Museum. Janet has also been an active campaigner for the ‘No Super Trawler’s in Australia’ Campaign. Janet remains a strong advocate for recreational and local industry fishing sectors.
Janet will fight for greater access to general health, including preventative and mental health services in our regional areas.
A firm believer that no one should be left behind, Janet will work to ensure the people of Lyons have access to secure and affordable housing in regional areas.
Making Tasmania a better place to live and work is a goal Janet aspires to achieve.