Persistence pays off for Greens MP

Gareth ThomasAlbany Advertiser

It has been a long campaign for the Greens’ Dianne Evers but after 15 years and five attempts, the Albany businesswoman has secured a seat in the State’s Upper House.

Ms Evers is the State manager of Green Skills, a community organisation that undertakes environmental works and community development projects.

The certified accountant immigrated to Australia from Chicago in 1984, first to Sydney before settling in WA, where she was one of the inaugural councillors of the City of Albany and a board member of several organisations including the Great Southern Development Commission, the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee.

After her successful election to the City council in 1998, Ms Evers was introduced to the possibility of running in State elections.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


In 2001, the first year incumbent Labor member Peter Watson ran, Ms Evers was a candidate for the now-defunct Liberals for Forests, a centre-right party with a focus on environmentalism and in particular stopping the logging of the State’s forests.

“In that election, there was already somebody running with the Greens party, so I didn’t consider that,” Ms Evers said.

In the time after her first State election tilt, Ms Evers began to become more involved with the Greens and her husband Tony Evers was the Greens’ candidate in the 2005 election before Ms Evers returned to the contest under the Greens banner in 2008.

The next round of elections was a busy time for Ms Evers as she contested both the State and Federal elections in 2013 in the Lower House before switching to the Legislative Council in the State’s most recent election.

Ms Evers is due to take office on May 22.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails