Mary has been intrinsically involved in the commercial fishing industry since the mid 1970’s. At the time of the Award, Mary and her husband Graham jointly owned and operated two commercial prawn trawlers. She was an associate member of the Hawkesbury Trawl Association and a member of the Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community. She was also the Chairperson of the Wisemen’s Ferry Aged and Community Care Association.
Mary is committed to the environmental sustainability of the fishery within the Hawkesbury-Nepean River and recognizes the importance of the catchment’s environmental sustainability to the industry’s viability.
In 2001 the Seafood Industry Council asked Mary to represent Hawkesbury and Shoalhaven River fishermen on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Management Forum, whose terms of reference included a review of the environmental flow requirements of the river system.