Libby CokerAPH Profile
Libby’s values of hard work and community commitment were instilled at an early age by her mother, a nurse in a public hospital, and her father, a public servant and small businessman. Libby’s parents taught her the significance of serving the community. Seeing her mother at work showed Libby the value in caring for others.
A former teacher and journalist, Libby holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of New England), a Diploma of Education (Monash) and Bachelor of Letters (Deakin). For more than a decade, Libby represented her local community as a Surf Coast Shire Councillor, serving twice as Mayor.
Libby’s passion for education stems from her experience as a public school teacher. She believes a high standard of education from kindergarten through to university and TAFE is the catalyst for a bright future.
As a mother of two young daughters, Libby believes there is more to be done to support women and girls. Libby wants her children to grow up in a community where all people are valued, respected and given equal opportunity.
Having lived on the Surf Coast for almost 30 years, Libby is well aware of the worsening effects of climate change, and the consequences of inaction. Libby supports further investment in clean energy, and a bold renewable energy target.
Libby values our business community, and recognises the hard work of small business owners and employers in Corangamite. A small business owner herself, Libby has worked with community, business and government organisations across the region.
Libby has spent time meeting with hundreds of locals through initiatives such as seniors' morning teas and "coffee with your pollie" informal catch-ups, as well as visiting schools, sporting groups, aged care facilities, hospitals and small businesses to listen to the concerns of members of our community. Libby works tirelessly to make these concerns heard in parliament to bring positive change for our future.
Since her election in 2019, Libby has been advocating for people with disabilities as a member of the NDIS Joint Standing Committee. She also continues to fight for action on climate change through the Corangamite Climate Change and Environment Reference Group. As a passionate advocate for our local community Libby will continue her advocacy work for individuals, groups and organisations in our region.