Ann was born in Milton and after spending over a decade teaching science in Canberra and America moved back to the South Coast to raise her two sons and one daughter and take on the challenge of operating a small business with her husband.

SLS Ann meets Aus champEntering the Kiama region small business community, Ann rose to the challenge and over 17 years transformed a small family fudge-making business into a thriving, successful business that employed over 40 people and established an international export market.

Ann’s passion for education was re-ignited after spending six months as a volunteer teacher in India. Upon returning to the South Coast Ann completed further study and became a tutor at the University of Wollongong.

Ann strongly believes in the importance of building communities and connecting people throughout the region. Throughout her life, Ann has been actively involved in the local community. Ann represented our community on local Council and has been a member of Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Boards and Regional Development Boards. Ann is also passionate about mentoring and developing the potential of young people, either through leadership programs or running a Venturer Scout group.

Ann always seeks better outcomes for local residents, community organisations and local enterprise. She believes that by helping people to be the best they can be, their full potential is unlocked – which is good for individuals and good for our community.

Ann Sudmalis and Julie BishopAs a former teacher and small business operator Ann knows the importance of hard work, empowering people to succeed and fighting for what she believes in. This makes her a strong voice in Canberra as part of the Turnbull Government and someone who will not stop fighting for our community’s needs.