After retiring from her busy and successful career in federal politics in 2007, Trish felt it was important to regroup and take time to reconnect with family and friends, as 2006 had been a very difficult and challenging year for the family overall.
During this time, apart from catching up with family and friends, Trish and her husband embarked on a number of projects around the home in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint into the future. The projects included installing rainwater tanks, establishing a vegetable garden, planting a range of fruit trees and installation of efficient drainage systems, as well as keeping chickens.
However, in the lead up to the 2010 State Election, Trish was approached by many people within the community as well as the Liberal Party to consider a return to politics. With the full recovery of her husband from his illness and the support and encouragement from the Leader of Opposition at the time, Martin Hamilton Smith, Trish stood for pre-selection for the state seat of Newland and won. Though Trish did not win the seat of Newland, she is very proud of her successful campaign on behalf of the people of the north eastern suburbs to save the Modbury Hospital from further cuts to funding and vital services for the community, promised by Isobel Redmond during the election campaign.
It has been a great honour and privilege for Trish to work with and on behalf of her constituents and to represent them in Canberra from 1996 to 2007, as well as to assist the constituents of Newland in the lead up to the 2010 state election .The main highlight of her career as the Federal Member for Makin has been to serve the local people of the North East and the nation under the leadership of the hon. John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia. Other highlights included working with community groups, local government, state and federal colleagues on important issues affecting South Australia. Receiving the prestigious Wilbur Wilberforce and Who’s Who awards served as further highlights over many years of marginal seat campaigning, where some of the lighter moments of life in politics were certainly appreciated.
Currently, Trish continues to be a member of the Liberal Party, enjoys mentoring, working for the community and supporting the volunteers in the Newland and Makin branches with their fundraising events and branch meetings. She is still a passionate supporter of her favourite footy team, the Adelaide Crows and is looking forward to the day when her grandson is able to try his first football boots. Trish believes her greatest achievements in life are her 3 sons, Chris, Graham and Michael.