I have been with United Voice for 11 years and I have experience in most of our areas of coverage. We have many areas of coverage but I came from cleaning and it’s where I have the most experience. I have also been involved in volunteer community organisations as a member in Chilean community groups in Sydney.
I work across several teams in United Voice, including working with manufacturing workers, cleaners, security guards, corrections officers, home care workers, and catering staff. Campaigns differ from industry to industry due to the diversity of jobs. However, the thing that all of these industry campaigns have in common is that we work with or through delegates, and the leader development aspect of the campaign is most crucial to implement any strategy.
I am the current joint chair for the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance and have had role in organising family fun days and protest groups. I have been involved in organising a fund raising family day in the vineyard adjacent to the mine site and a “meet the candidates” forum for the upcoming state elections. We are fighting the establishment and expansion of gas fields in the south east of South Australia.
Throughout my working life, I have always been fascinated by what motivates and inspires change to create a more just society—in particular through work with communities. In the early 2000s, I was involved with setting up Just and Fair Asylum, an organisation formed to support the work of advocates for refugees kept in indefinite detention. Since 2016, I have worked on campaigns devoted to change, either in the social and environmental sphere — most recently on campaigns targeting awareness about the environment and the political, where I advise on social media and communications strategies. I have created content for campaigns in Tasmania through my media company Berry Productions and draw on three decades of experience as a television producer and director, which includes making documentaries about serious topics such as autism and eating disorders as well as light entertainment, non fiction and comedy such as Judith Lucy is All Woman. I use my expertise in media to connect content to people beyond the ‘converted’ and aim to create an open dialogue, so people might embrace and act to create change around issues that impact our lives in important and far reaching ways.
In 2016 I began working on the Greenpeace Ban the Bag campaign in WA, which focused on building community support for a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags, and then utilising this support to approach the state government and push for the ban to be implemented. This campaign began with a petition, but evolved over time as it gained momentum and support, and eventually I was able to co-ordinate a letter-writing campaign which gained the support of several local councils. Earlier this year the WA State Government announced a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags will be implemented by July 2018.
I am currently a group member of 350 Perth, and have been working mostly on the Stop Adani campaign, as well as Council Divestment. I am the group convener of my local action group with Amnesty International, and we are currently pushing for our local council area to become a Refugee Welcome Zone. I am also the group coordinator for Greenpeace Perth, which is very newly formed and is still findings it’s feet, but has been focusing on reducing plastic pollution.
I started my journey as an organiser straight out of high school with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Over three years I worked up to a role as a state fundraising coordinator and later as state campaigns coordinator. Though I cared deeply about the environment, it was always the human impact of climate change that really made me passionate.
I decided it was time to move out of the climate movement, and spent the next 2 years floating between LGBT+ rights, refugee rights, disability, poverty, workers’ rights and social justice campaigning.
I discovered that no matter where I went, the environment movement kept drawing me back. I now work as a community organiser for the Queensland Conservation Council, where I have two main projects. My first focus is the Sun-Powered Queensland Alliance, an alliance formed to push for 100% clean energy in Queensland. My second focus is the development of a community organising and campaign training program to be delivered to regional Queensland.
I have always had a passion for the environment and animals and since starting medicine I have realised how big of an impact climate change is having on human health. I joined Doctors for the Environment Australia in 2015 and have since been a UNSW representative where I have been involved in organising small documentary screenings and university climate change actions. DEA is a nation-wide organisation run by doctors and medical students with the primary goal of protecting the environment to decrease the effect on human health and animal health.
I am currently a co-convener for the iDEA18 conference which relies heavily on a team that keeps regular communication and a clear plan. I am also the current national-rep elect and future national student representative for DEA which will involve overseeing and coordinating the National Student Committee.
Ever since I first heard about plans to open up the Galilee Basin and industrialise the Great Barrier Reef coast, I’ve been involved in community organising on this issue. I volunteered with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition for four years, organising my university student peers and broader community on campaigns to stop the money flowing to Adani from Australian banks and lending institutions.
My organising experience continues to develop with the Australian Marine Conservation Society as a Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner based in Cairns. I work with passionate community members and reef tourism industry members on the Fight For Our Reef campaign. Our goals are to Stop Adani’s coal project, extend the Adani win to ban new/expanded coal mines in QLD and push for national policies to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions in order to protect the Reef.
I have been involved with the Frack Free movement in my area since its conception in March 2016. Our local group is Frack Free Central Midlands (Moora) and we work closely with Lock The Gate (Frack Free WA) as well as CCWA’s branch (Frack Free Future). My designated role is Treasurer and Social Media Coordinator, and of late I have facilitating meetings, being the constant power behind the group, and keeping things running. As I write this I am working on developing a local paper for our town with other interested members of our community, we are trying to fill a vital communication gap that has been missing in our community since our local paper finished a few years ago. I am designing the logo and format and will most likely edit the paper, this is obviously a work in progress and hope to have the first paper on the shelves by February.
My community organising experience has largely come from the work I did in the union movement. My first few years were spent organising with early childhood educators, and homecare workers. This organising involved working with the workers, but also the families to which they were providing a service. To be able to provide the best service, a strong motivator for clients in both these sectors, relied on having quality and well paid staff.
Other community organising experience has been organising around the living wage campaign and increased housing for Syrian refugees throughout the lead up to the 2015 . My more recent work organising to stop fracking has exposed me to the most diverse array of groups and demonstrated how different groups can come together through shared self-interest to fight for common goals.
I am currently the Central Australian campaign coordinator for the Territory Frack Free Alliance. This is a position funded by Lock the Gate and hosted by the Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs. The Territory Frack Free Alliance is a large and diverse alliance of community groups, concerned citizens, farmers, pastoralists, and remote communities that have a shared concern about the dangerous impacts of shale gas fracking. Together these groups are working together to achieve a ban on Fracking in the Northern Territory. Members of the Territory frack Free Alliance are working incredibly hard in 2017 to ensure that the NT government decides to ban fracking and support a future that protects our land and water.
I have been volunteering as a Community Organiser with the Women’s Climate Justice Collective for the last nine months. This has involved building relationships with women around Australia to initiate dialogue about the intersection of gender inequality and climate change; supporting women to be involved in the climate movement; and preparing and distributing resources about the intersectionality of climate issues and women’s issues. I have also been a core volunteer with Stop Adani Melbourne for the last four months, and prior to that I was a core volunteer with 350.org Melbourne for two years.
My current campaigning with WCJC is focused on further developing the Women’s Climate Justice Collective as a grassroots movement of women demanding gender-responsive action on climate change. This involves engaging in outreach and building relationships with women across Australia for a stronger feminist climate justice movement, with a particular focus on First Nations women, rural women, LBTQIA+ women, women with low incomes, and women with disabilities. As well as growing the movement, WCJC’s key objectives are to develop and provide information, training, resources and mentoring for women around Australia to engage in grassroots climate change activism with a focus on feminist climate justice; and to develop accessible resources to inform women’s groups and climate organisations about the importance of women’s human rights in climate action. The WCJC aims to plan and coordinate a 1-2 day Women’s Climate Justice Camp in the next 18 months that will support women to understand the intersection of gender injustice and climate change, build skills, and develop strategies to take action in their communities.
I was first introduced to organising through the environment collective at my university and became heavily involved in the Australian Student Environment Network from 2005 to 2011 organising around climate change and food co-ops. From 2008 I was involved in creating Six Degrees, the coal and climate collective of Friends of the Earth Brisbane, and with the best crew around pulled off some fun and impactful actions learning about campaign strategy and building alliances along the way. My next organising foray was centred on food sovereignty from building community food groups to inclusive community gardens.
In 2017 I started with Solar Citizens as the NSW Community Organiser where I work on engaging and training our supporters to become more active in our campaigns. Our vision is of an Australia powered by 100% renewable energy where everyone can generate, share and access clean, affordable and reliable power.
At the moment our campaign in NSW is focused around securing a Fair Price for Solar where the many benefits of rooftop solar are recognised in a mandated minimum feed-in tariff. We are targeting the NSW Premier, Energy Minister and marginal Coalition State MPs where there is high solar uptake. Our main tactic is centred around an online and offline petition that we will deliver to target MPs when we have a significant stack.
Over the past two years I have worked (as a volunteer) on a number of grassroots environmental campaigns, predominantly with 350.org. I assisted with the Pollution Free Politics and Mana Moana campaigns before taking on the Training Coordinator role for the Power For Change campaign. These roles involved organising training workshops, strategy development, actions planning and coordination, and holding community meetings.
I’m currently working part-time as a Producer with Seven Network and studying a Master of Political Economy. My research is focused on the study of social movements from a political economy perspective. I am particularly interested in the potential for social movements to influence the Australian political economy through the reframing of norms, values and perceptions.
Earlier this year I began volunteering with Repower Sydney to help launch a grassroots campaign in Coogee. Our goal is to use people power to pressure state MPs into adopting a more ambitious renewable energy target. As it is early days, our focus has been on strategy and building our supporter base in Coogee.
As a young person in the movement, I am proud to be at the early stages of my community organising journey. I started as a volunteer with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and now spend a lot of time in the Northern Territory organising communities.
I currently work for Seed, Indigenous Youth for Climate Justice. I work mostly organising and implementing for our campaign to a ban fracking in the Northern Territory. For the past year I have been going home and working with my mob and also with Aboriginal people from all across the NT. I have been working to implement Seed’s campaign strategy on the ground in the Northern Territory. Where we have surveyed an entire community, Borroloola, to eventually declare themselves frack field free.
Rakchanok Sothanaphaisan (Nokkie)
I have been an organiser with United Voice for almost 12 years. United Voice is a union that represent many different industries. I came from one of the industries that are covered by my union (cleaning) and I was an organiser in that industry for 9 to 10 years. For the last one and a half years I have been organising at the Star Casino in Sydney, where I organise many different types of workers. We have just finished negotiating an enterprise agreement with the Star. The star Sydney is a very large worksite, it has 8 operational areas and we cover over 4000 workers. Our campaign at the star has focused around 3 key words for our vision #Reward #Respect and #Recognition. We try to identify leaders and support workers in all areas and occupations at The Star.
While in high school I learnt about climate change, at the same time as seeing our elected leaders failing to take the action we needed to protect people and planet. I got involved with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition campaigns for many years: from the schools program to organising youth-led votes. I remember starting the Reef campaign in 2013 and the disbelief of people on the street who thought no one would ever do things to harm the GBR and our climate. Over the years this has grown and grown into an unstoppable people powered movement through grassroots community organising all across Australia.
I’ve been working in Canberra the past few years in bike rider advocacy. I’ve recently moved to Melbourne to start coordinating the Sustainable Cities Campaign, an initiative of Friends of the Earth. I’m passionate about tackling climate change through our cities and transport networks.
As our electricity sector has transitioned to clean renewable energy, this has left our other sources of climate damaging emissions to grow. Unless we rapidly transform areas such as transport, we will fail to tackle climate change. I want to build skills about creating campaigns that will change the transport network and give people sustainable choices. It is how we want to create a city that is connected and liveable for everyone. It needs system wide change, and that’s why I believe community campaigning is the way to make this happen.
I cut my campaign teeth as a campus organiser with Fossil Free ANU before working for 350 Australia as the National Campus Coordinator. I love the combination of relational skills and almost mathematic approach that good organising requires, and I’m also a bit of an organising nerd and really get into the theory and history of it. These days I spend my time trying desperately to keep up with the rapidly growing and endlessly creative #StopAdani network. I currently work for GetUp as a #StopAdani organiser in QLD, supporting #StopAdani groups to grow their power and have impact.
I work part-time as a GP within a suburban general practice. I am the WA chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia and was instrumental in the convening of RenewWA, a collective of organisations advocating for action on climate change leading into this years state elections. Over the next 12 months I have committed myself to greater involvement both within DEA and RenewWA. I am exploring how DEA can function better as a state body. This will include recruitment of new doctors and students, and better engagement with older members, defining roles, and building a stronger sense of community within the organisation
I also run regular mindfulness classes for the community and am interested in the intersection of values and activism.
I have been part of communities and organising action for shared visions since I lived in my first intentional community in Scotland in 1996. I was the coordinator for Resource Work Co-operative where we inspired the community and ran campaigns to reduce waste in the Hobart area. I have also been part of ‘Be The Change’ and a facilitator of the Work that Reconnects and Awakening the dreamer, changing the dream program. In my current role, I work with specific groups to bring about change in our community including Climate Action Darwin and NT Waste Free (Plastic Free Markets).
As the Director of the Environment Centre NT I am responsible for all campaign planning and campaigning activities to best achieve our strategic plan goals. Our goals include the protection and restoration of the environment, strong action on climate change and support for sustainable living. My role is also to develop alliances with diverse stakeholders to deliver campaigns and projects, generate revenue, and expand our influence through our campaigns. Areas we are currently campaigning include advocating for an aspirational and effective greenhouse gas emissions target, strong actions for meeting our NT renewables target, anti-fracking campaign, calling for the closure of McArthur River Mine, strong protection and policies for the Darwin Harbour, advocating and educating for a plastic free Darwin markets and stopping deforestation of the native vegetation in the Northern Territory.
I am currently working at the Australian Wind Alliance as a Communications Coordinator. At the moment we are campaigning for solid renewable energy policy beyond 2020. I have varied experience through both paid and unpaid roles for a number of (predominantly environmental) organisations. I have had extensive experience organising volunteers, but not necessarily in a movement building capacity.
I am one of two paid part-time Community Organisers for the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. This involves organising people of faith on the transition away from coal and towards renewable energy. Most of my work at present is on the Stop Adani campaign.
Previous campaign experience includes a grassroots campaign to stop a motorway extension through the centre of Wellingon (Campaign for a Better City), as an organisers and media spokespeople for a campaign against French nuclear tests in the Pacific in 1995. I went on to work as a media officer for the New Zealand Green Party.
I’ve worked a little in the world the performing arts on climate change as well. In 2015 I organised five short comedy videos about climate change made for the lead-up to the Paris summit. I was involved in the acting, writing, storyboarding and shot-listing.
For some years I’ve been involved in organising on climate change within a worldwide Buddhist community called the Triratna Buddhist Community.
I have a background in science, conservation, politics and environmental campaigning. My professional life has focused on advocating for the natural environment, which has led me into the community organising space. I have been involved in community organising in Tasmania for over 25 years – both inside and outside parliament. I have been involved in many community campaigns, which have included community organising, such as the Tasmanian forests campaign, the Gunns Pulp mill, the Ralphs Bay Quay development by Walker Corporation Pty Ltd, significant tourism and urban developments at Freycinet on Tasmania’s east coast and more recently on the Planning Matters campaign.
I am the Founder of the Freycinet Action Network, a community group advocating for the protection of the natural and cultural values of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast. I have been advocating for the Freycinet area on local planning issues including advocacy, appeals and community engagement for over 25 years. During 2016, I lead the campaign to stop tourism operator RACT from expanding into Freycinet National Park, with profound success. As an individual and founder, I helped coordinate a multi-faceted community engagement, corporate and media campaign. This led to a win-win outcome for the Freycinet National Park, RACT, and for the campaign to protect Tasmania’s parks and reserves from inappropriate tourism development.
I am also the Coordinator of Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania. Informed and motivated by my long experience in the planning space, I have led the mobilisation and coordination of a growing network of over 50 community groups from across Tasmania opposed to proposed Tasmanian planning law changes. This, together with the successful delivery of many significant public events and positive political engagement, sets the scene for planning to be a defining political issue in the 2018 State election. PMAT is campaigning for a strategic, sustainable and integrated planning system which will serve to protect the values that makes Tasmania such a special place to live and visit.
I am currently employed by Lock the Gate Alliance as regional coordinator for the Wide Bay Burnett in Qld. I was plunged into the world of community organising in 2013. I have been coordinating the campaign in the Wide Bay Burnett since then. The campaign against shale gasfields in the region has grown steadily and consists now of many locals from diverse backgrounds working together towards a common goal.
I love to watch the shift in people as their awareness grows on an issue. I get very excited watching locals put their differences aside to protect the places and people they love.
My community organising experience was like being thrown into the deep end & learning to swim. It started with the catastrophic Hazelwood Mine fire. During this unprecedented disaster, the community’s health concerns were largely ignored by local, state and federal government organisations. We came together with outraged community members to speak up for our community when we were told ‘the air was okay, just don’t breathe it’. A community advocacy group called Voices of the Valley formed and called for the the first inquiry. Collecting data we quickly realised that the fire had caused deaths, and so we called for the second inquiry, participating in and influencing change. Voices of the Valley’s advocacy work has led to, notably, the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiries, which found that the mine fire contributed to 13 extra deaths in the Latrobe Valley. Voices of the Valley were finalists in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s sustainability awards in the Environmental Justice category and in 2016 winners of the Premier’s sustainability award for Environmental Justice, as well as 2016 Vic Health Award for Health Equity.