Leonie is a print and broadcast journalist with 15 years’ experience working in newspapers, radio and as a political media adviser. She has a degree in journalism and public relations and has worked as a senior journalist on police, court, government, business, education and sports rounds as well as features writer, chief of staff and ABC news reader. For the past eight years Leonie has worked as a media adviser to two State Members of Parliament where she has been responsible for all media, public relations, speech writing, marketing and advertising-related matters. Leonie is heavily involved in the Echuca Moama and district community where she is a founding member of Girls Night Out (Echuca Regional Health Oncology fundraising committee), a founding member of LoveEM (a blog-site dedicated to promoting all that is wonderful about Echuca Moama), a founding member of the Campaspe Young Professionals Network, and a past committee member of the Murray Business Network and Rich River Relay For Life.
Leonie is also a Fairley Fellow having completed the Goulburn Murray Fairley Leadership Program in 2005. She lives in Moama with her husband Craig and three young sons Dhara, Arley and Ged.