Leeanne Enoch is the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for the Arts.
Ms Enoch is a proud Quandamooka woman originally from North Stradbroke Island, and on winning the seat of Algester at the 2015 state election became the first Aboriginal woman ever elected to the Queensland Parliament.
Previously, Ms Enoch has held portfolio responsibilities for Housing and Public Works, Innovation and the Digital Economy, and Small Business.
During her previous term in government, she was also the driving force behind the hugely successful Advance Queensland initiative.
This transformational agenda supports innovation and entrepreneurialism in vital Queensland sectors such as the environment and science.
Off the back of positive job creation and results achieved tackling challenges like reef protection, improving water quality and disease treatment, funding for Advance Queensland now exceeds half a billion dollars.
As a mother to two sons, Ms Enoch understands how important it is to protect our state’s most valuable asset—its natural ecosystems—for this generation and those to come.
Through the roll-out of future-focused, environmentally-conscious initiatives such as Queensland’s plastic bag ban and container refund scheme, and the introduction of stronger nature conservation and environmental protection legislation, she is committed to carrying on the good work of previous Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles.
Prior to entering politics, Ms Enoch worked with the Australian Red Cross, guiding humanitarian policy and programs to improve the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable.
She also spent more than a decade as a high school teacher throughout south-east Queensland and east London.