Geraldine Brooks moved to Melbourne’s western suburbs in 1996 to work as a podiatrist. She has been an active community member ever since; contributing energy, skills and time to improving her community, including:
• Being board member of Community West;
• President of Sunshine Kindergarten;
• President and secretary of the Ardeer Community Playground;
• a member of Sunshine Primary School Council;
• a member of the Friends of Kororoit Creek.
• Group leader and voluntary breastfeeding counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association Brimbank group.
• instigator behind the establishment of the Ardeer Community Park, a formerly abandoned grassy space that housed a lead factory. She organised a group of parents to form a committee. Together they lobbied the Victorian and Federal Governments for money to redevelop the area, and applied for grants to help establish Ardeer’s only park.
In November 2008 Geraldine was elected as the Greens councillor for the Harvester Ward on Brimbank City Council. The council was sacked by the Victorian Labor Government on August 2009, following an investigation by Ombudsman Victoria that found Labor councillors were involved in corrupt activities and several Victorian Labor MPs interfering in the business of council. Geraldine was active in calling for a new council election to replace the corrupt Councillors with genuine community representatives.
Geraldine is the Greens candidate for the seat of Derrimut in the upcoming state election, to be held later this year.
She believes people in the west deserve an advocate that will genuinely represent them in Parliament, to help them get a better on public transport, parks, health and education.