Having a unique childhood as a child of the Black Power Movement, growing up in the fight for social justice and land rights was always at the forefront. From the banks of the Bila Galari (Lachlan River) to inner City Sydney Edie observed the strength and resilience of the Wiradjuri Nation, the Redfern community and broader NSW Aboriginal communities as these communities grappled with racism, cultural genocide, and denial of land rights.
From a family of leading community members positioned at the front line in the fight for Aboriginal civil rights, self-determination, and land rights. The Black Power movement that followed the 1967 Referendum resulted in the establishment of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations in Redfern including the Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Children’s Service and Aboriginal Medical Service. Pioneers in the fight for improved Aboriginal outcomes and the Land Rights movement.
Edie has held successful senior leadership roles with government and community organisations with extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs, community development and community advocacy. With over 20 years working and volunteering in community including in the establishment of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, at the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, as a national Aboriginal engagement officer for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and Senior Advisor Aboriginal Workforce Development- Unfinished Business Stolen Generation’s Reparations implementation NSW Public Service Commission.
Edie is an accomplished athlete that carried her passion for sport into supporting community and professional teams, managing the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy Tarsha Gale Cup under 18’s female team and Redfern All Blacks netball club.