Corina is a Biboolmirn Yorga connected to the Banksia clan of the Beeliar region. She traces her family back many generations and is directly related to Calyute, one of the few survivors of the Pinjarra Massacre.
She’s a mother of two, an avid Dockers supporter, and loves going camping. Passionate about preserving and promoting Noongar culture, she received a NAIDOC “Community Person of the Year” award in 2016.
Corina has campaigned to stop the de-listing of historically and culturally significant sites which the state government has done to pave the way for Roe 8. She said, “It shows that our State Government clearly lacks respect for the cultural significance of country to Aboriginal people”.
With many years experience in human services as a community health worker, child protection officer, youth worker and Aboriginal liaison officer, Abraham has a sharp sense of the terrible impact that cuts to services by the Barnett government are having on the poorest and most vulnerable in our community.
Corina lives with advanced diabetes and requires home dialyses four times per week. She explained, “I’m a Department of Housing tenant on the pension with an annual electricity bill of over $2,000 per year. Everywhere that electricity has been privatised prices have gone up. We can not afford to privatise Western Power. Instead we need to be assisting the poorest households to have energy efficient dwellings”.
Corina is determined and positive about making Australian society fairer and more inclusive despite her own challenges. She said “I’m receiving care for end stage renal failure. But I believe you’ve got to get out there and fight for a better future for your kids and everyone else’s kids”.