Marion is a proud Kamilaroi woman, born in Moree NSW.
Marion has worked in various positions within the Aboriginal community for more than 40 years. In the early 1990’s Marion was elected to the Aboriginal &Torres Strait Island Commission, serving four terms, including two terms as Victorian Commissioner. As an ATSIC Victorian Commissioner, Marion worked across the state, nationally and internationally. She represented Aboriginal people at the United Nations (UN) in New York on numerous occasions, and in Geneva.
During her tenure at ATSIC, Marion secured funding to establish Djirra (initially known as Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service) which was established in 2000 and launched in 2002. Marion is Djirra’s chairperson, elected in 2004, and she has been re-elected over subsequent terms.
As part of her active service in the community, Marion has worked in a number of organisations, including Galiamble Men’s Rehabilitation Centre based in St Kilda, Ngwala Willumbong, Department of Health and Frankston City Council.
Marion has taken a lead role in advocating for the prevention of family violence in Aboriginal communities. Marion’s leadership in this area is well recognised through her representation on key state-wide forums.
In 2022, Marion was inducted on to the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll in recognition of her ongoing work, commitment and strength