Elected as the Member for Brindabella in 2013, Nicole has been proud to serve the Tuggeranong community. During her time in the ACT Legislative Assembly, Nicole has held various shadow ministries and is currently the Opposition Whip as well as responsibility for City Services, Arts, Women, Seniors, Environment, Heritage and Water.
Nicole’s primary focus as a Member for Brindabella has always been to serve as the best local member she can be. While she values and understands the work and procedures of the assembly, Nicole believes her best work is done out in the community and helping residents. Nicole believes that local government should help and not hinder individuals and businesses and that services should be accessed easily and efficiently when residents need them. When Tuggeranong residents have an issue and are unsure of where to turn, Nicole wants to be the person they go to.
Nicole is passionate about making Canberra accessible and inclusive to all. This passion was cemented during her years of work in the community sector and is lived each day in her fight for services such as quality aged care and accessible public transport, affordable housing, and a reasonable cost of living for everyone. Nicole believes in shaping a vibrant Canberra where her grandchildren can find jobs and where aspiring entrepreneurs come to start and invest in their ventures. She will continue her fight for good local services.
Prior to entering the assembly, Nicole worked in several private, public and community sector roles. Most notably, during her time in the community sector she served as the CEO for Homelessness Australia and the Deafness Forum of Australia. Nicole graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has a Masters in Business (eBusiness and Communication) from Swinburne University of Technology.
Nicole has served on a range of Boards and committees including the Tuggeranong Football Club and several government and business advisory committees, including in the areas of disability, aged care, accessible public transport, and telecommunications. She has also been a volunteer for a range of organisations including Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, the Community Fire Unit Fadden, organising Pink Footy Day for her football club, and many other activities.
Nicole came to Canberra in 1988 and has lived in Tuggeranong ever since. She is married with children and grandchildren.