Introducing Assembly Member for the South West, Sissy Austin – a proud Gunditjmara Keerraay Woorroong DjabWurrung woman.
Sissy brings a grassroots spirit and way of doing business in all that she does. She has a deep love and care for our young people and community, which is reflected in her work as a Paralegal Support Worker at Djirra, her involvement in community campaigns such as the Protection of DjabWurrung Country, and her experience as a kinship carer over the past 6 years.
As an Assembly Member, Sissy hopes to achieve outcomes that reflect the needs of community, including a truth telling process to begin true healing and true self-determination for our clan groups across the state. She hopes that by being a young person on the Assembly, other young people will follow in the Treaty journey and stand for the Assembly themselves when the time comes.
“One of the reasons I stood was because I felt there needed to be young mob represented on the Assembly, I believe we bring a unique insight and unique ways of working and engaging that can be woven throughout all elements of treaty business.”
“I hope that the Assembly is the vehicle for oppressive structures, processes and decision making bodies to be dismantled and re-built in a way that enacts self-determination for Aboriginal communities in this state, this is the only way forward for our country, land and people.”