Jodie Harrison (ALP) is passionate about doing what she can to make our community a better place to live and work in. She moved to Newcastle 20 years ago when her parents bought a small business in Lake Macquarie and is proud to have been given the opportunity to represent the city in Local and State Government.

Jodie was elected as the Member for Charlestown in October 2014 in a by-election caused by the resignation of Andrew Cornwell.

She was previously elected as Mayor of Lake Macquarie City Council in September 2012. As Mayor, Jodie strived to balance the protection of the Lake’s remaining natural environment with a built environment that provides quality residential, work and recreation facilities. Ensuring that Lake Macquarie Council delivered efficient services and facilities to the community was one of her priorities as Mayor.

Jodie loves Lake Macquarie and wants it to be a wonderful place to live and work, with green spaces and quality developments to be proud of. She wants it to be a place our children can, and want, to spend their work and recreation time in.

Prior to being elected as North Ward Councillor in 2008, Jodie worked in various corporate positions at Newcastle Council over a period of 14 years, finishing there as the Council’s Governance Officer. Up until her election as Mayor, Jodie worked as an organiser for United Voice on the Big Steps in Early Childhood Education and Care campaign to have early childhood educator workers receive proper recognition and wages for the very important work they do.

Jodie delivered her inaugural speech to NSW Parliament on Thursday 13 November. A copy of her speech can be found here.

A full list of speeches delivered in NSW Parliament can be found here.