Karen Overington (1951-2011)
Politician and passionate supporter of the disadvantaged and the people of Ballarat
Karen Overington was an Australian politician and Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1999 to 2010, representing the electorate of Ballarat West.
Born Karen Marie Brown in Ballarat, she attended Sacred Heart College and worked as an electorate officer from 1984 to 1992, and Uniting Church outreach worker from 1994 to 1999.
She had a lengthy career in local government before her election to parliament, serving as a councillor for the Borough of Sebastopol from 1982 until 1994, and as mayor in 1990–1991. The council was then merged in 1994, and with Karen winning election to the larger City of Ballarat council at its first election in 1996, a role she served in until her election to parliament
Karen was the Member of Parliament for Ballarat West with the Labor Party from 1999 until she stood down in 2010 due to ill health. During her political career, she worked to improve living standards for the community’s disadvantaged and was described friends and colleagues as a passionate representative of the people of Ballarat and the people of Victoria.
“She stood up for her community, lobbying strongly to deliver better education, health and other services that have made a real difference to families in Ballarat West.” The Hon Daniel Andrews, Premier Victoria
Karen died at the age of 59 in 2011 after a long battle with ill health and is buried at the Ballarat New Cemetery.