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Leonie Schween for Mornington

Leonie Schween is your Animal Justice candidate for Mornington, land of the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation.

With an earlier career in secondary teaching, Leonie is now a practising lawyer. She has extensive experience in varied areas, including legislation and policy, law reform, planning, environment, local government, privacy, health, aged care/retirement living and financial services. For the past 6 years, Leonie has also worked as a volunteer at The Briars historical estate in Mt Martha, caring for the much loved pigs and chickens.

Leonie lives in Mt Martha with her husband, 65kg Newfoundland dog and the local wild birds. She considers the Mornington Peninsula her 'happy place' – with its beautiful natural environment and wildlife, beaches, bushland, walks and fabulous places to visit – complemented by thriving businesses and industries. Leonie believes it is a place to be protected for future generations.

Having participated in a range of local campaigns over the years, Leonie has had a say in various planning matters; Council’s 2022 draft Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP), 'Save the Cape Schanck Kangaroos' campaign, plus local initiatives such as Plant a Tree Day and Clean Up Australia Day. She has also been following the legal aspects of the Hillview Quarries/Ross Trust Boundary Road proposal.

As an active advocate for animal welfare, Leonie is a long-time supporter of local animal welfare and rescue organisations. Leonie cares deeply about the treatment and welfare of all animals and is not afraid to speak out to seek change.

When elected, Leonie's priorities include taking action to better protect green wedge areas and native bushland, and increasing protection for wildlife. She also wants to see better support for wildlife rescuers and carers, and an end to cruel intensive animal farming practices.

Leonie urges that time is of the essence to act now if Victorians wish to save their unique wildlife and natural environment. “Victorians need to set an example with their vote and tell the government what really matters to you", she says. "We have a responsibility to be kind and compassionate to all species of animal who share our lives and country – just as we do for each other".

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