Member for Bass
Northern Tasmania | Education and Training | Primary Industries | Water | Parks | Terrestrial Environment | Tourism and Hospitality | Small Business | IT and Innovation | Animal Welfare | Arts | Racing and Gambling
Andrea is an experienced small business operator, having been the founder of Fresh restaurant; Launceston's first establishment to exclusively offer vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The business evolved into a hybrid social enterprise focussed on promoting social inclusion, food provenance and animal welfare.
Fresh became a hub for the 'green' community, particularly at the height of the anti pulp mill movement.
Harvest Market in Launceston became Andrea's next major project and has developed into a weekly farmers market offering produce and cuisine sourced exclusively from Tasmania. Harvest is now a permanent fixture in the Launceston CBD each Saturday.
After establishing herself locally in the small business sector, local food movement, as well as social and environmental activism, Andrea nominated and was elected as an Alderman on the Launceston City Council in 2014. Although her time in Council was cut short to take up her seat in the House of Assembly, Andrea took the opportunity while there to strongly voice her support for marriage equality in Tasmania and nationally.
Andrea also nominated as a candidate for the seat of Bass in the Lower House election in March 2014, eventually taking up the position of Greens Member for Bass upon the resignation of the former sitting member, Kim Booth.
Local food, healthy communities, sustainable farming and agriculture, as well as animal welfare and many social justice issues are of particular importance to Andrea and she will continue to advocate strongly for social inclusion through better education for the community.