Perth has been Alannah MacTiernan's home since the 1970's. She came here from Melbourne as an 18 year old, decided it was the best, and stayed.
To make her life here, Alannah worked in bars, shops and factories and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Western Australia
From 1977, Alannah worked for the Commonwealth Government's employment department, first at Morley CES, then providing Aboriginal Employment and Training services to communities around Western Australia.
In 1987 Alannah began work as a commercial lawyer and became a partner of a leading Perth firm Dwyer Durack in 1992. She helped found the Western Australian Franchisee's association, which fought for a better deal for small businesses.
During this time Alannah moved to Highgate and founded and operated a local newspaper, the Mount Lawley - Maylands Express, which eventually became the Guardian Express. She also commenced studying for a Law degree.
Having established the Inner City Residents Action Group, Alannah was elected as a Perth City Councillor in 1988 and served until 1994. She was appointed as an inaugural member of the WA Heritage Council in 1990.
In 1993, Alannah was elected as Member of the Legislative Council in the State Parliament, and in 1996 as the member for Armadale in the Legislative Assembly.
Alannah served as Western Australian Minister for Planning and Infrastructure from 2001- 2008. She oversaw many major projects and reforms including roads, ports and construction of the successful Mandurah Railway line, despite strong opposition .
Alannah who is married with two children and two grandchildren, is currently serving as the City of Vincent Mayor.