Julie Lyford

Julie Lyford OAM 

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.

As a young mother in 1989, concerned about climate change, Julie co-founded the Gloucester Environment Group. This was one of  many community roles that culminated in her chairmanship of Groundswell Gloucester; a community group who were instrumental in the victory against the AGL’s coal seam gas project in 2016 as well as the groundbreaking climate decision against the Rocky Hill coal mine proposal in the Gloucester Basin.

Julie 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.
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 is an alumni of the WELA (Womens Environmental Leadership) organisation. In 2015, Julie was awarded an OAM for services to the environment, community and local government.

As an 18year old, Julie migrated to Australia. As a long-term refugee advocate, Julie has a deep sense of gratitude for the life she is able to live. 


WORKSHOP: The Mouse that Roared – Gloucester on the world climate stage!

Julie Lyford and David Morris

Why is the Gloucester and NSW Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) success story on climate litigation now popping up in media outlets around the world? How did we, a small rural town in the beautiful Gloucester and Manning Catchment areas, work with so many incredible groups and people to protect our land, water and future? Come and join us for a speed-dating history of the Gloucester community’s fight against coal mines and coal seam gas fields!

We are being called ‘The mouse that roared” – behind every roar is the strategy, support and guidance every community needs for success. With the incredible lawyers from NSW EDO, our communities can stand up and fight in the courts – and win!

Take heart, things are changing.

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