Jan Barham is a Greens Member of the NSW Legislative Council. She was elected in March 2011. Jan is also in her second term as the popularly elected Greens Mayor of Byron Bay.
Jan was educated at Figtree High School, Wollongong TAFE and East Sydney Technical College, she trained in fashion and worked in fashion and clothing fields from 1979 to 1994.
From 1995 to 2002 she worked as a parliamentary adviser and researcher to Greens MLC Ian Cohen. She was secretary of the Tweed Byron Greens in 1993-4 and in 1994 was assistant secretary to the Greens NSW.
Jan proudly lives in Bundjalung Aboriginal country and has worked closely with the Arakwal People since 1994. This has resulted in the first Indigenous Land Use Agreement in NSW and the establishment of the joint Aboriginal/National Parks and Wildlife Service management of the Arakwal National Park
Elected to the Byron Shire Council in 1999, Jan became the first popularly elected Green mayor in Australia. She has been a member of Cape Byron Headland Trust Committee from 1997 and on the Management Committee of the Arakwal National Park from 2001. She was elected as Vice President General of the NSW Local Government Association Executive and currently represents her council on NOROC. Jan has been a member of many state boards and committees including, Ministerial Advisory Council on Women, Great Eastern Ranges Committee, Ministerial Organic Agriculture Advisory Council, Natural Resources Advisory Sub Committee on Coasts and Natural Environment and the Northern Rivers Tourism Board.
Jan has 20 years of regional experience as a grassroots campaigner, working with locals to protect and preserve special places in her region from overdevelopment. Jan was also a member of the group that successfully took legal action against the Club Med development in Byron Bay in 1994. She is proud of the beautiful Byron environment, beaches, wetlands and forests and the vibrant cultural and creative as well caring and active community.