Rachel is a long term resident of the Adelaide electorate, having first moved to Prospect with her family in 1983. She attended St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School before studying Accounting at the University of South Australia. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting) she went on to work as an Accountant and Financial Manager. In 1994 she established her own business; Rachel's Model Management & Training. It began as a home-based business, then moved to O'Connell Street in North Adelaide to accommodate its growth and success. From there it relocated to North Terrace, Adelaide and then to Melbourne Street, North Adelaide until it was sold in April 2013.
In 2008 Rachel made the decision to enter the political arena. She was dissatisfied with the current state of affairs in South Australia and the future that the Labor government had mapped out for our state. She decided it was time to stop complaining and take action to change it. She was then preselected as the Liberal candidate for the state seat of Adelaide. On 20 March 2010 Rachel defeated a former Labor Minister with an impressive swing of 14.7%.
Since her election she has been a loyal and determined advocate for the constituents of the Adelaide electorate, schools and small businesses. She has fought hard to establish a second campus of Adelaide High School, and for the schools rezoning to include the residents of Prospect and Walkerville council area. Having been a business owner for over 18 years, Rachel has first-hand experience with the challenges that small businesses face and is passionate about improving business conditions. She is also committed to helping people on an individual basis regardless of how big or small their challenge is.
Active involvement in the community is a priority for Rachel. She has been delivering Meals on Wheels since 2010, she is a member of Friends of Prospect Library, Walkerville Historical Society, The North Adelaide Society, and the Prospect Blair Athol Lions Club. Don’t be surprised if you meet Rachel helping out at the Lions’ latest sausage sizzle!
In 2013 Rachel spearheaded the mission to establish a chapter of Operation Flinders in the Adelaide electorate. She was instrumental in raising funds and encouraging support from community groups. She holds an annual quiz night to fundraise to ensure that Operation Flinders remains available to the youth in her community.
Rachel’s continued hard work and dedication as State Member for Adelaide led to a successful re-election in the 2014 State Election. Shortly after, she was entrusted with the great honour and responsibility of her appointment as Shadow Minister for Families and Child Protection; Social Housing; Volunteers; Youth; and Higher Education, Science and the Information Economy.
This is a challenge that Rachel has embraced with enthusiasm and determination. She has spent countless hours meeting with officials, individual constituents, government agencies and community organisations. She also undertook a study tour to New York City to meet with various officials and agencies to broaden her knowledge and perspective on the issues that face Adelaide and her Shadow Minister portfolios.
Rachel is determined to be a driving force of positive change in opposition to the Labor Government and to strongly advocate for constituents of the Adelaide electorate and all South Australians.
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