Danielle has represented Melbourne’s north since 2002. She has also fulfilled numerous portfolio roles and is now Parliament Secretary for Regional Victoria and Parliamentary Secretary for Sport. Danielle is a Yan Yean local, she raised her family here and lives in Diamond Creek.
Growing up in regional Victoria before moving to Melbourne’s north, Danielle understands the issues facing people in small towns, on farms, and in the growing suburbs. Danielle is the eldest of four sisters from a community-minded family, with a strong belief in the importance of social justice. Her grandparents strongly influenced her saying “if you see something’s wrong in your community don’t sit back and complain about it – get in and work to fix it.”
Danielle chose a career in public sector policy and program management undertaking roles in housing, transport, consumer affairs, ethnic affairs and the Rural Women’s Network.
During this time, Danielle became active in the Community and Public Sector Union, being elected State Vice-President during the turbulent Kennett era. She fought hard against cuts to essential services like health and education. Like many women, she’s juggled career with parenting two sons – Blake and Carlo, undertook an Arts Degree as a mature age student, and has been an active member of many community organizations.
Danielle has held the government positions of Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Major Events, and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria (2014-2018), Parliamentary Secretary, Police and Emergency Services (2010) Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services (2006-2010).
In Opposition, Danielle was Labor’s Spokesperson on Health Promotion, Emergency Services, Volunteers, Women, Disability Services, Child Safety and was Australia’s first Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence.
In February 2009, all of Danielle’s worlds collided when she found herself fighting the Black Saturday fires in her own electorate and as close as three kilometres from her own home. After two exhausting days of fighting the fires, while grieving the loss of many friends, Danielle began the gruelling work of leading her community through the recovery process both locally and as a Member of the Expert Reference Group of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA) 2009-2011.
What sustained her through this difficult period was the support of her extended family and still close group of school friends.
The Yan Yean electorate is one of the most populous and fastest growing constituencies in Victoria so this keeps Danielle busier than ever advocating for jobs, infrastructure and services like hospitals and schools along with her Regional and Sport responsibilities. She’s taking a close interest in the roll-out of all Yan Yean election commitments and is proud to have never, ever, broken an election promise.
Danielle is a member of many local groups including: Women’s Health in the North; Greensborough Hockey Club, Hurstbridge Bowling Club, she is the Patron of Panton Hill Football Club and sponsors every football club in her electorate. Danielle is particularly pleased to see the growth of women’s participation in all sports but especially football.
In her spare time, Danielle volunteers as a guide for people with disability at Victoria’s ski-fields and enjoys a wide range of sports, including swimming, netball, thoroughbred racing and football – although Danielle’s an Essendon supporter, she enthusiastically follows her favourite teams in the Northern and Riddell Football Leagues. Family is very important to Danielle, and she loves to take up the microphone at karaoke or a good old community sing along.