Hi I’m Heather,
I’m a retired federal prosecutor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, standing for The Greens to help oust this disastrous coalition government. I’m running to make sure the people of North Sydney are heard, on climate change, environmental protection, the need for a federal integrity commission, affordable housing, extending Medicare and universal childcare.
I have longstanding connections with the north Shore, I attended High School at Cremorne Girls High School, and have been a Hunter’s Hill resident since 2002. I graduated in sociology & law from the University of NSW, obtained a master of laws from the University of Sydney. I worked as a solicitor in private practice, as well as the Law Reform Commission of NSW & the Commonwealth, before moving into public prosecutions.
In the mid-1990s, my former husband Michael Mobbs and I created a sustainable house in the inner city Sydney, aimed at self-sufficiency in terms of energy, water and waste disposal. This educational trail blazer continues to inspire countless renovations and remains open for public tours today.
I’m passionate about restoring native bushland. I volunteer with the Friends of Buffalo Creek and the Great North Walk bushcare group and am a member of the Hunters Hill Bushland Management Advisory Committee. Since 2016, my husband Dr Allan Coles and I have been working to restore degraded RMS land at Huntleys Point by creating a eucalyptus forest and understory for bird habitat.
We need the federal government to sit up and take notice. They must increase the greenhouse gas reduction target to meet The Greens’ targets of a 75% reduction of national emissions by 2030, reaching net zero by 2035, removing the more than $10 billion in annual subsidies for the coal and gas industries, and support communities and workers in the transition to a clean energy economy.
With my background in law and law reform, I have the skills and experience to fiercely advocate for the environment, justice, equality and the people of the north shore