Chrissy Sharp

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Dr Chrissy Sharp
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for South West Region
In office
22 May 1997 21 May 2005
Personal details
Born(1947-11-18)18 November 1947
London, England
Died18 May 2021 (aged 73)
Bridgetown, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Greens Western Australia
Alma mater University of Sheffield (BA)
University of Kent (MA)
Murdoch University (PhD)
Committees Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia (1989-1995)

Christine Sharp (18 November 1947 – 18 May 2021) was a former Australian politician.


Early life

Born in London, Sharp completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at the University of Sheffield, and a Master of Arts (Political Science) at the University of Kent. She travelled widely before coming to Western Australia in 1973, later completing a PhD at Murdoch University on politics and ethics.

In 1974 and 1975, Sharp was a journalist for the ABC, and during that time was a prominent activist in Western Australia's burgeoning forest movement. [1] In 1977, Sharp moved with her partner from the city to a farm in Balingup, where she started a local business as a tree farmer.

Sharp was a member of the Environmental Protection Authority from her appointment in 1989 to 1995.

Political career

Sharp served on the Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Council.

In the 1989 state election, Sharp worked for the Greens candidate for the South West Region, Louise Duxbury, on policy development.

In 1997, Sharp was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council as a Greens member representing South West Region. She held the seat until her retirement in 2005. [2]

She died in Bridgetown on 18 May 2021, aged 73. [3]

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  2. "Hon. Christine "Chrissy" Sharp MLC, PhD, MA, BA (Hons)". Former Members. Parliament of Western Australia. 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  3. "WA Forest Alliance". Facebook.