Libby’s values of hard work and community commitment were instilled at an early age by her mother, a nurse in a public hospital, and her father, a public servant and small businessman. Libby’s parents taught her the significance of serving the community. Seeing her mother at work showed Libby the value in caring for others.
A former teacher and journalist, Libby holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of New England), a Diploma of Education (Monash) and Bachelor of Letters (Deakin). For more than a decade, Libby has represented her local community as a Surf Coast Shire Councillor, serving twice as Mayor.
Libby’s passion for education stems from her experience as a public school teacher. She believes a high standard of education from kindergarten through to university and TAFE is the catalyst for a bright future.
As a mother of two young daughters, Libby believes there is more to be done to support women and girls. Libby wants her children to grow up in a community where all people are valued, respected and given equal opportunity.
Having lived on the Surf Coast for almost 30 years, Libby is well aware of the worsening effects of climate change, and the consequences of the Liberal government's contempt and inaction. Libby supports further investment in clean energy, and a bold renewable energy target.
Libby values our business community, and recognises the hard work of small businesses owners and employers in Corangamite. A small business owner herself, Libby has worked with community, business and government organisations across the region.
Libby lives in the coastal township of Aireys Inlet with her husband Hugh and their two daughters.