First elected to the Central Goldfields Shire Council in 2020, Cr Long is Dutch by birth and migrated to Australia with her family in 1982.
Since 2003, she has been a primary producer alongside her husband Andrew and together they have three adult children and one grandchild. Fifth generation farmers (circa 1876), producing fine Merino wool, prime lambs, oaten hay and mixed cropping at Timor West, Cr Long has actively been involved in all aspects of farming including accounts management. She also works off-farm as a casual/relief Kindergarten Educator.
An active community volunteer for the past 17 years serving on the Bowenvale Hall committee and the Bowenvale CFA, she has acted in the role of Brigade Secretary since 2018. Passionate about educational opportunities for youth, Cr Long has served as President of the Timor Primary School Council and on the Highview College Board, notably as the College’s first female Chairperson.
With an immense love of the great outdoors, enjoying multi-day hiking as well as cycling around the Central Goldfields’ quiet country roads, Cr Long also enjoys photography, reading and spending time with her family.
She is currently completing the ADAPT Loddon Murray Climate Leadership Programme and is a 2018 graduate of Leading Excellence Maryborough. She also has a Cert III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.