I was born in the Yarra Junction Bush Nursing Hospital, and raised in a large family in Gladysdale. My parents, Niall and Elaine Brennan, were noted community leaders, philanthropists and academics. I initially trained in Early Childhood, then spent some years overseas, including London where I worked at the BBC.
I worked as a community development worker at Women’s Health East, then as CEO of the Upper Yarra Community House since 1992. Under my leadership, UYCH has become one of biggest service providers in the region and one of the largest employers, as well as a multi million-dollar business. The organization is a not for profit community based provider of a range of children’s services, adult education and training, and a major provider of alternative education programs for young people. UYCH is also an accredited Aged Care provider with the Federal government.
I have tertiary qualifications in community development and education, including a Master of Education from Monash University. I am one of three Victorian Board members of Community Colleges Australia, am on the Board of the Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network, and I have managed state-wide projects in education for offenders and young people. I have been the Secretary of the Yarra Junction Football Netball Club for eight years. I have four adult children, and I’m married to Tony Aulich, the longest serving police officer in Warburton, now retired.
I have significant and longstanding experience in working with government at all levels, and creating and maintaining locally based services and community engagement. I currently maintain a large and diverse range of business and community networks.
Through my work I have seen firsthand the challenges facing young people, families, older Australians and people working in changing industries.
I know that in the district of Eildon we want better schools for our kids, jobs brought to the region, better education and training services to keep people in the workforce, improved access to health services, transport and childcare, and a plan for better infrastructure and land management.
I talk to people in the community every day who feel that in this region we are often overlooked by government. I believe we need a strong voice in parliament if that is to change and I want to be that voice for the people of Eildon.