• Mary Porter

Mary Porter AM (Retired MLA)

Labor Member for Ginninderra in the ACT Government from 2004 until retirement, Feb 2016

Mary Porter's 2016 Pics

Issac our youngest Grandson obviously intent on something

Issac our youngest Grandson obviously intent on something

Retirement: 2016 Photos

MLA years: 2004 - 2016 Photos

Mary Porter – Biography

Mary PorterMary PorterMary Porter : Biography

Awards

  • 2003 Awarded AM in the Order of Australia and the Centenary Medal 2004 Appointed Honorary Ambassador for the Australian Capital Territory

Paid Work

  • 1959 – 1963 Undergoing nursing training and employed at The Wollongong Hospital.
  • 1963 –1965 Various Nursing positions in Qld and NSW. 1965 – 1966 Nursing Sister Oenpelli NT.
  • 1966 – 1967 – Midwifery Training and working at The Wollongong Hospital.
  • 1967 - 1973 Volunteer Bush Nursing Sister remote areas, Northern Territory
  • 1973 – 1977 Sister in Charge, Dhupuma Residential College for Aboriginal students, Gove, Northern Territory.
  • 1979 Appointed paid Coordinator Tuggeranong Community Service, served in this position until 1992.
  • 1992- 1993 appointed to electorate office staff to Ros Kelly the Federal Minister.
  • 1993- Appointed CEO of Volunteering ACT, served in that position until election to office in October 2004.
  • 2004 Elected Member for Ginninderra. Chair of Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People, Deputy Chair of Standing Committee on Health and Disability, member of Standing Committee on Planning and the Environment. Deputy Chair of Select Committee on Working Families. Member of Assembly Arts Advisory Committee. Member of the Select Committee for Estimates for 2005/6 ,. Chair of Estimates for 2006/7.
  • 2008 Re-elected as member for Ginniderra- Elected as Deputy Speaker. Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services, Memeber of the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Member of the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services and member of the Arts Advisory Committee.

Unpaid Community work.

  • 1977 Member of steering committee to establish Tuggeranong Community Service.
  • 1978 – 1979 Honorary Coordinator, Tuggeranong Community Service
  • 1983 – 1985 Member, Steering and Management Committees, Southside Youth Refuge
  • 1984 to present member Social Developers Network.
  • 1984 – 1987 Member, ACT Health Consumers Association
  • 1985 – 1988 Member, ACT Healthy Cities Committee of Management
  • 1986 to 1989 Member ACTCOSS Board
  • 1986 – 1993 Member, Steering Committee to form what is now Volunteering ACT, President and Board Member.
  • 1986 -1988 Member of Sub-Committee to establish and manage Karralika Therapeutic Community, Tuggeranong.
  • 1986 Member of Steering Committee to establish Halfway House for Alcoholics in Kambah, ACT
  • 1987 – 1989 Member, Visual Arts Committee, Tuggeranong ACT.
  • 1987 – 1989 Member, ACT Community Health Association
  • 1988 -1991 Member, Board of Management, Welfare Rights and Legal Service, ACT
  • 1989 -1990 Member, Management Committee, Southside Community Service, ACT
  • 1989 – 1991 Member, Australian Council of Social Service Board of Governors
  • 1989 -1992 ACTCOSS President
  • 1992 -1994 ACTCOSS immediate past President
  • 1992 Member of the Steering Committee that established the Australian Council for Volunteering (now Volunteering Australia).
  • 1993 – 1995 Board member, Canberra Labor Club Group.
  • 1993 – 2000 Vice President, Volunteering Australia
  • 1993 to 2004 President, TRAHCS ACT (Training for Health & Community Services) and member of the Steering Committee that established this organisation.
  • 1995 Member, ACT Minister for Health Advisory Board
  • 1995 Member, Belconnen Youth Unemployment Task Force
  • 1996 -1999 Board Member, ACTCOSS
  • 2000 – 2001 President, Volunteering Australia
  • 2003 to 2004 Member, Community and Expert Reference Group, Major Charities Sub-Committee of Bushfire Recovery Taskforce.
  • Currently- Patron of West Belconnen Community Health Centre, Canberra and Region Amateur Theatre Awards, Carols in the Park, Belnorth Football Club, Kippax Sports Club, Sports Club Kaleen, Belconnen Bowls Club, ACT Boccia, NuSkills Learning and Development, Australias Helping Hand, Gawad Kalinga and Ambassador for FOCUS Group.

Interests

  • Walking, theatre, the arts, film and reading, published poet.