Kara Cook has been the Councillor for Morningside since January 2018 and is committed to being a strong voice for the local community.Kara grew up in Regional Queensland learning the value of a strong community. Kara and her husband Josh, and their two daughters live in Morningside and have been local residents for close to 10 years.
Before becoming Councillor, Kara’s background in Law lead her to specialise in Domestic Violence, having founded Australia’s first expert domestic violence law firm, Cook Legal. Kara is also a committed volunteer in fundraising for domestic violence organisations and the Cancer Council Queensland. As the former Vice President at the Queensland Law Society and Principal Solicitor of the Women’s Legal Service in Queensland, Kara will fight for her local community on the issues that are important to the Morningside Ward.
Kara completed her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business Management in 2008. Kara has been awarded; the Women Lawyers Association of Qld Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year, one of the YMCAs 125 Leading Women, the Law Council of Australia’s Australian Young Lawyer of the Year, one of the Courier Mail 50 Best and Brightest in Qld, one of the Lawyers Weekly 30 Best Lawyers under 30 and most recently in 2017, NationalMumprenuerof the Year in the Emerging Category.
As the Councillor for the Morningside Ward, Kara is a strong supporter of her local community groups and is a member of a number of local community organisations, including Beelarong Community Farm and the South East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce.
Listen to our yarn as we discuss many topics, including her career background in Law, family and Kara’s personal experiences being immersed in Aboriginal culture, through being Married to Frist Nations man and QLD Barrister, Josh Creamer. We share stories that both Kara and I have experienced as mothers, the challenges of our children experiencing racism in the schooling system and what we can do to protect and educate our children and the educators.
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Recommendations throughout this episode:
Josh Creamer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-creamer-75616749/?originalSubdomain=au
When We Say Black Lives Matter (children’s book):https://www.hachette.com.au/maxine-beneba-clarke/when-we-say-black-lives-matter
Young dark Emu (childrens book): https://www.magabala.com/products/young-dark-emu
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