About Louise

Louise understands the issues affecting rural communities in the Ripon electorate.

Louise and her partner Stephen Heard live in Ararat with Daisy, the wonder border collie.

Louise attended Melbourne University where she studied economics and then went on to work as a fund manager for a large superannuation and life insurance company. From her early career, Louise understands how the economy works, and how it is up to governments to always work hard to keep the economy strong so the private sector can create jobs.

In 2001, Louise moved to the country where she met Stephen. They farmed at Willaura until 2016.

Before her election in November 2014, Louise served as President of the East Grampians Health Service, was a director of the Grampians Medicare Local and also a director of Networking Health Victoria. Louise was also Director of the Food and Environment Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Louise became a politician to be a voice for the people of Ripon. Her first goal is always to make certain Ripon's needs are heard in Spring Street.

Louise understands the need to support local schools and health services, to ensure that young families stay in the region and to keep our local communities growing.

Road and rail infrastructure is vital for rural communities. Louise works with all levels of Government to secure the upgrades and service improvements Ripon needs.

Louise is also passionate about securing local jobs. She continues to support local businesses to attract investment and secure the jobs Ripon needs to keep local communities strong.