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Marino, Nola Bethwyn (1954 - )

18 February 1954
Brunswick Junction, Western Australia, Australia
Businesswoman, Community advocate and Parliamentarian


Nola Marino was a regional winner of the ABC Rural Woman of the Year Award in 1996, for the South West district in Western Australia.

A member of the Liberal Party of Australia, Nola was elected to the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament as the Member for Forrest, Western Australia in 2007. She was re-elected in 2010.


Nola was born and brought up in Brunswick Junction, a small country town in the south west of Western Australia, the youngest in a family of three sisters and one brother. She was educated in Brunswick, Harvey and Bunbury.

After leaving school she worked in a public accountancy firm. On the day she was married, she and her new husband, Charlie, bought their first dairy and beef property in Harvey. Nola has taken an active, physical role in developing and growing their family business. Her son Kim and daughter-in-law Deanna work in the business while her. Daughter, Kylie, lives and works in the region.

Nola has been actively involve in her community for most of her life. She was President of the local football club for ten years. She was awarded Life Memberships to the Peel Football League and the Harvey Football Club - the first woman to be so honoured - and is the Secretary of the Harvey Town Hall Preservation Committee.

Nola has worked on numerous agricultural and regional bodies and groups, was an inaugural member of the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust Board and a Director and Vice-Chair of Dairy Western Australia.

Nola received a Certificate for Outstanding Service to the Community in 1997 from the Harvey Shire Council and a Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Award (WA) in 2004.


Nominated for ABC Rural Woman of the Year in W.A.

Sources used to compile this entry: ABC Radio, '1996 ABC Rural Women of the Year Regional Winners', in 1996 ABC Rural Woman of the Year Award, ABC Radio, ABC Radio & ABC Online, 1997,

Rosemary Francis

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