Kate grew up locally and continues to live in Ashgrove with her husband and two children, Thomas and Grace. Kate has a Masters in Environmental Law and is passionate about protecting our local environment.
Kate was honoured to serve as the Member for Ashgrove for six years and during this time secured record funding for our local schools, additional police and a major upgrade of The Gap Police Station, as well as two new ambulance stations at Ashgrove and Mitchelton.
Kate also delivered stage 1 of the Samford Road Wardell Street intersection upgrade and secured funding for stage 2 – now being completed.
For years she worked with the Gap State High School P&C and local sporting organisations to secure a $5 million commitment to build The Gap Sports Hall. Kate was overwhelmed with joy when, after years of hard work she saw construction underway, because she knew what a difference it would make for local young people.
As a passionate local advocate, Kate campaigned strongly for improved bus services, upgrades to local train stations and against the proposed Western Bypass through The Gap that would have destroyed the suburb’s unique character.
One of her proudest achievements was declaring D’Aguilar National Park – right on the doorstep of the Ashgrove electorate.
Kate currently serves as the Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, Minister for the Commonwealth Games and Minister for State Development.