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Meet the Team

Voices for Monash has been formed by residents like you and me; residents who love where we live and recognise the urgency for our values to be reflected by government.

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Tony Wolfe
Leadership Team Chair
Tony Wolfe has been a proud Gippslander his entire life. After commencing an apprenticeship at the age of 15 he is still employed in the power industry today, over 40 years later. Tony is a graduate of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program, the Australian Rural Leadership Program and has spent time as a Councillor of Baw Baw Shire.
He is currently a board member of the Gippsland Climate Change Network, sits on community advisory groups of Star of the South & Delburn windfarms and is passionate that it is time to move on from fossil fuels. Tony wants to create a better future for his grandchildren and believes that our broader community views in regards to climate, gender equality, violence against women, diversity and first nations people recognition are not being adequately represented at a federal level.

Farhat Firdous
Leadership Team Secretary

Farhat moved to Gippsland in 2015 and lives in Warragul with her husband and daughter. She has postgraduate qualification in social sciences with 20 years of professional experience in social service sector in Pakistan and Australia. Farhat is an advocate for social justice, diversity and inclusion and believes in the power of community-led collective action. She is an active member of the community and sits on a number of governance and advisory bodies, including the West Gippsland Healthcare Group, Gippsland Regional Partnership, and Victorian Anti-Racism Taskforce. She calls herself a story-teller of self and communities and brings with her passion for community engagement and facilitation for collective good. She is an alumni of Gippsland Community Leadership Program with an extended personal and professional network in the region. She ran as a candidate for the local government elections 2020 and successfully generated conversations about collective wellbeing, social cohesion, mental health, climate change and livability. She believes in representative democracy and would like to build community spaces for civic and social engagement. As a first time voter for the federal elections, she would like to vote for someone who is nominated by the community and commits to represent citizen voices in the Parliament.

Lynn Atkinson
Leadership team member

I am a retired social scientist, whose particular fields of interest are crime and justice – especially in relation to the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system; prison reform; and, corruption prevention. I was an educator for a number of years with an Australian aid
scheme in East Africa, and then later taught in traditional Aboriginal communities in WA and the NT. I have always believed that what I contributed in these contexts was dwarfed by what I was privileged to learn and experience while living in these communities.
Since moving to Foster I have been actively involved in local community groups and associations and, more recently, campaigning for climate action at all levels of Government. I care deeply for our at-risk natural environment, and as a climate action campaigner seek to encourage policy makers to take urgent climate action.
I believe Monash electors need representation in Canberra that is not constrained by the party political system. That is why I am a member of the Voices for Monash leadership team.

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