Julie Lyford OAM

Julie Lyford OAM

Julie Lyford OAM

Chair, Groundswell Gloucester |


As a former registered nurse, local councillor and mayor, Julie is committed to the core values that build progressive and resilient societies. Her priorities are sustainable, liveable communities with fair, transparent and trustworthy political processes.

Julie’s has board and decision-making experience with Hunter Councils, Regional Development Australia (Hunter), Mid Coast Water, Upper Hunter Arts, tourism, youth and economic development committees. She is convinced that community wisdom and networking can effect corporate and political change at regional, state and national levels.

As a young mother in 1989, concerned about climate change, Julie co-founded the Gloucester Environment Group. This was the first of many community roles that culminated in her chairmanship of Groundswell Gloucester; a volunteer team focused on protecting the Gloucester and Manning Valley from coal and coal seam gas extraction. Transitioning communities towards inclusive educational, economic and renewable energy opportunities remains her long-term goal.

In 2016, Julie stood as The Greens candidate for the federal seat of Lyne. She is a board member with The Sunrise Project and has just completed the WELA (Womens Environmental Leadership) 2017 course.

As an 18year old Julie migrated to Australia and, as a long-term refugee advocate, is forever grateful for the life she is able to live.