She has been an Inner West local for more than 12 years – living in Summer Hill, Rozelle, Lilyfield and Annandale – and for the last three years her family has been part of the Balmain community.
A true ‘Inner Westie’, Anita was attracted to the area because of its sense of community and animal-friendly attitude.
Like many local residents, Anita is passionate about banning live animal export and seeing an end to Greyhound racing in NSW.
She is also hopeful about the AJP’s Right to Release Bill which will ensure healthy cats and dogs are offered to rescue groups for rehoming rather than killed at the end of experimentation.
Anita started her working life as a Registered Nurse and then, after volunteering at the RSPCA QLD for some years, joined as their campaign and fundraising assistant, while studying for a Bachelor of Business. While there she worked on campaigns to stop duck hunting, prevent dogs dying in hot cars and ban tail docking. She was also involved in working with the Inspectorate to share the results of cruelty court cases. It was while reading the file notes of one particularly distressing cruelty case involving a tiny puppy, she realised that without tougher laws to protect animals, very little would change.
Anita is relatively new to politics and joined the Animal Justice Party in 2018.
“I was so thrilled to discover the AJP and this group of like-minded people working hard to make a difference for all animals.”
After hearing Mark Pearson speak at a rally to stop live animal export Anita realised she had to do more. That’s why she is delighted to have this chance to represent the AJP in this NSW election and give animals a dedicated voice in our NSW political system.
“I believe there are many people in the Balmain electorate who, like me, care deeply for animals, the environment and the vulnerable and would appreciate an opportunity for their vote to make a real difference. I would be proud to represent them.”