Lidia Thorpe is a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, living on Wurundjeri Country in South Preston in Melbourne’s north. She’s a community worker, mother and Greens member for the Legislative Assembly for Northcote. After leaving school at fourteen and furthering her education at Preston and Epping TAFEs, Lidia has become a public education advocate and sits on the Smith Family’s National Advisory Board. She was also the chair of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee.
Lidia received the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Award in 2008 and was appointed to the Bairnsdale Regional Health Board and the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust managing the training centre. And as an environmentalist, Lidia led a successful campaign against the eastern gas pipeline to save Nowa Nowa Gorge in East Gippsland.
Lidia is Chairperson of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee, founding member of the First Nations Sports Foundation and an inaugural member of the First Nations Renewable Energy Alliance and also currently serves as honorary CEO of the Victorian Traditional Owner Land Justice Group. Lidia was a delegate to the recent national Constitutional Recognition deliberations in Uluru and presents nationally to highlight the need for a respectful and meaningful dialogue for TREATY. Within the Greens, she is a Darebin Greens member and founding member of the Australian Greens’ Blak Greens interim working group. She has worked in both health and education policy research.