Carla joined the Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) in mid-2020, working as the Rural Youth Projects Coordinator, prior to this Carla worked directly with the flame impacted community of East Gippsland throughout the 2019-2020 bushfires in the evacuation centre and brings a lived experience of disaster to her work in this space. Carla’s role involves the development of a youth-centred approach to bushfire recovery and mental health engaging directly with young people and community members in rural and regional areas about their experiences of, response to, and recovery from the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires across Eastern Victoria. This provided young people, with the opportunity to share their ideas for recovery, rebuilding and preparation for a better future. For the past 15 years Carla has worked in the Youth Sector in Local Government, Generalist youth work, employment, and homelessness. Carla lives and was raised on the lands of the Gunai Kurnai People and acknowledges that sovereignty was never ceded, and this always was, and always will be aboriginal land.