NT election 2020 candidates – Danielle Eveleigh

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The NT Independent is providing you with a light-hearted look at the candidates for the August 22 NT general election. We’re not looking at policy or platforms at this time, but rather at the person behind them.

Our Q&A should help you get to know the humans of NT politics.

Today’s profile is independent candidate for Drysdale, Danielle Eveleigh.

Danielle has been in the Territory for 16 years, living in the Drysdale electorate for 15 of those. She did most of her primary years schooling in New South Wales and the remainder ,as well as high school, in Queensland.

After living and working in London for two years she returned to Brisbane and came to Darwin for a six month working holiday. She fell in love with the place and then fell in love with an army man who is now her husband. Her hubby left the army after returning from Afghanistan and went on to study psychology at CDU while looking after their newborn during the day and working at night with customs. They now have two kids aged six and eight.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?

“You can do anything you put your mind to, you just need to believe in yourself like I believe in you.” This was from my dear friend Kylie.

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.

I am the NT coordinator of Walking Off The War Within, an annual suicide prevention and awareness walk held at East Point. Walking Off The War Within is held in memory of Nathan Shanahan, a returned solider and firefighter, and other fallen service men and women who have taken their own lives after battling mental health issues. The Walk is for emergency service personnel, Defence Force personnel and the community to come together to share the burden and march as one.

How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?

An energetic, passionate, intelligent, high achieving mother of two kids who is consistently supporting local community groups through selfless service.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?

Movie: The Power of One directed by John G. Avildsen.

Book: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb.

Album: Foo Fighters’ Greatest Hits.

If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?

Emmeline Pankhurst. She was a powerful woman who continued to fight for women’s rights to be part of the parliamentary vote even though she was imprisoned 13 times. She never gave up for what she believed in and led with her motto of “deeds, not words”. I continue to live by this and always encourage actions over statements.

A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.

Tea or coffee?


Folder or scruncher?



Both. The Dockers and the Dragons.

Wet season or dry season?

Both. I like the beautiful dry weather and amazing storms.

Coles or Woollies?

Whichever is closest to home.


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