Christine was born in Staffordshire England in a beautiful valley comprised of small family farms. A few years after arriving in Australia in 1967, Christine met and married David . Working together, they developed the award winning Yarra Burn Winery and Restaurant at Yarra Junction which established Christine’s credentials as a small business owner/operator.
During her years at the winery, Christine became increasingly familiar with the local issues confronting the people of the Yarra Valley. The positions she held on various industry and community bodies inspired her to pursue a public role as an advocate for the community in which she raised her family.
Christine was appointed by the Government as a Commissioner for the Shire of Yarra Ranges overseeing the amalgamation of four smaller shires into one shire in 1994.
Elected to State Parliament in 1999, Christine held office until 2002. Still determined and committed, Christine fought back to regain the seat of Evelyn in 2006, and retained the seat at the 2010 election.
Christine has served as Deputy Speaker and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
Christine’s previous Parliamentary work includes serving as a member of the all party Environment and Natural Resources Committee (ENRC) which is currently working on a report to be tabled in parliament next year titled Inquiry into Melbourne’s Future Water Supply.
Christine is a strong, experienced and energetic representative of Evelyn. Her commonsense approach to issues has enabled her to negotiate across all levels of government on behalf of all residents. She does not shy away from tackling any issue no matter how tough if it is in the interests of her community.
Current Committees: Environment and Natural Resources Committtee since 2007.
Personal: Born Staffordshire, England. Married, 5 children.
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Education and Qualifications: Oldfield Hall Girls’ School, UK.
Parliamentary Service: Elected MLA for Evelyn September 1999. Elected MLA for Evelyn November 2006.
Party Positions: Member of LP Policy Committees 1999-2002, Industry and Employment (incl. Ports), Tourism, Rural and Regional Development, Attorney-General. Female Vice President, Yarra Junction Branch 1982-83. Delegate, State Council. Branch Delegate, State and Federal Electorate Councils. Member, Executive Cttee McEwen Federal Electorate Council. Delegate, Central Women’s Council. Vice-Chairman, City Women 1998-99.
Previous Occupation: Small businesswoman. MLA for Evelyn 1999-2002. Co-owner and operator of Yarra Burn Winery and Restaurant.
Previous Committee Service: Environment and Natural Resources Committee 2001-02.
Local Government Service: Commissioner, Shire of Yarra Ranges 1994-97.
Memberships: Tourism Victoria; Yarra Valley Winegrowers Association; Committee of Management Caladenia Day Care Centre; Committee of Management Life Education (Maroondah).
Interests: Walking, gardening, reading, time with family and friends, Essendon Football Club.