north sydney local government election

The North Sydney local government election is coming up on Saturday December 4, and it is compulsory to vote.

For the North Sydney Council election, you will be asked to vote on the selection of Councillors based on which ward you live in. Based on the results of a referendum at the last local government election, residents will no longer vote directly for Mayor – instead the Mayor is elected by the Council and not through the election process.

There are two Wards in North Sydney Council:

  • Cammeraygal Ward
  • St Leonards Ward

The boundaries of the Wards have also changed slightly since the last election. To find out which Ward you’re in, search for your address on the online map or see the PDF map.

Below are responses from candidates broken down by ward – thank you very much to those candidates who have responded. All candidates who listed their email address on the NSW Electoral Commision website were contacted and received the same questions. Any candidate who has not yet responded may do so at any time and we will add to this list – just contact info@thelivingcollective.com.au

Candidates are listed here in alphabetical order according to the Wards they are running in.

CAMMERAYGAL WARD

 

Hugo Bauer

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

My name is Hugo Bauer and I am running with Team Jilly as a Councillor for North Sydney – Cammeraygal Ward.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I was born and bred in Larkin Street Waverton and also went to school in the North Sydney area. I love Luna Park because it brings back happy memories from my childhood. North Sydney Oval has a special place in my heart – I’m looking forward to watching Australia vs England women’s test match. Berrys Bay is also one of my favourite spots to walk.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I am standing for Council to bring youthful ideas, energy and a fresh approach to problem solving. I want to give back to the community that has provided me with so many opportunities.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Preserving and expanding public open space, particularly in Berrys Bay.

Protecting our conservation streetscapes.

Preserving iconic outlooks from public viewing platforms and parks.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

At present I work in the construction industry. I have a flexible approach to time management and will happily set aside plenty of time to fulfill my commitment as a Councillor.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No, I am fully independent, as are all members of Team Jilly.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

We need to maximise social media to engage with people like myself in their 20s. Also, we should be out walking and talking to residents and small business owners – face to face engagement is how we stay on the pulse.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

I am part of Team Jilly and you can follow us on our campaign website at jillygibson.com, or our campaign page at facebook.com/jilly1mayor

MaryAnn Beregi

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 
 
My name is MaryAnn Beregi. I am a current Councillor running for re-election – Cammeraygal Ward. I am an Independent candidate.
 
2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
 
I have lived in the North Sydney LGA for over 20 years. My children were born and raised here and attended Neutral Bay Public School. I have held many volunteer roles including at the Forsyth Park Playgroup, McMahons Point Occasional Child Care Centre and Neutral Bay Public School.
 
Hard to reduce it to three places that I love but I would say Wendy Whiteley’s (not-so) secret garden, Hayes Street Wharf (particularly Thelma and Louise) and the Cremorne Point walk.
 
3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?
 
I am standing as we need to return our Council to truly independent hands rather than an extension of the State Government. We need to have a Council which represents the views of its community without fear or favour and stands up/pushes back when needed. We also need a Council which respects the ratepayer dollar, manages it money prudently and efficiently, and stops asking the ratepayer for more money when it hasn’t controlled its own budget.
 
4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
 
One of the big issues which needs is addressing the $30m debt and deficit. If you don’t have a financially sustainable Council, then anyone can promise anything, but it will never be able to be delivered. I am determined to address this by re-establishing the Finance Working Group for Councillors and having transparency in decision making so we can bring the budget and finances  under control.
 
The ongoing loss of open/green space needs to be halted as do the extreme levels of overdevelopment, much of which is unnecessary. We also have a lack of community spaces and sporting facilities which need urgent action. We need to be much more engaged with our neighbouring councils and work in partnership with them as well as demanding more from the State Government who have taken, and continue to take, so much away from our community with little regard for the affected residents and environmental impacts.
 
5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?
 
I have my own business and will continue to manage this role alongside my duties as a Councillor as I have done over the past term of Council.
 
6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?
 
No
 
7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?
 
I will continue to engage with the North Sydney community as I have always done. I am always happy to meet and speak with residents about their concerns. I also enjoy participating in kitchen tables and forums where everyone’s ideas and suggestions are welcome.
 
8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?
 

 

Nathan Bernasconi

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 

Hi, I’m Nathan Bernasconi, running for Council in the Cammeraygal ward. I will not be Mayor, but will be absolutely up-front that Labor have endorsed me.

I became disillusioned with our Council’s status quo a year ago, looked at the Greens, the New Liberals, the independent Voices campaign and felt ultimately I could have the best impact within Labor.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

Despite disappearing off to London for many years in my twenties, I live and work in North Sydney. Will admit, I cherish Cammeray Oval in St. Leonards ward, where I kick a footy around with my Willoughby-based father regularly. Otherwise, closer to home, it’s hard to go past St. Peters Park, which always does wonders for the soul, and the Destination Roll just off’ve Mount St which feeds me almost as regularly as my fiancée. My North Sydney United teammates may complain at me leaving out Anderson Park though!

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I understand the impact Local Council has on the quality of our lives and the lives our children will have. I am one of the majority of North Sydney residents living in apartments, and without our own small patch of grass, it is incredibly important that we protect beloved green spaces such Wendy Whiteleys, Sawmillers,  Clark Park (when businesses aren’t stealing it!) so that all can use these. I already run the Clean Up Australia Day event in Smoothey Park and I am proud to have told Chris Minns and other Labor MPs in no uncertain terms our local opposition to the Western Harbour Tunnel, which would give us locals nothing but dead trees and air pollution. NSW Labor adopted our view; we’re the ones who have to live it.

I just want to kick a footy around with my kids, the same place my father kicked one around with me. I will fight for that.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

The biggest issues facing our Council are deceit and infighting. I would encourage anyone to watch how Council is run and judge for themselves. But for our electorate? Climate Change, same as every other electorate. Trent Zimmerman had some wonderful ideas on Council (yes, I know I’m running for Labor) about how to mitigate this, and I think supporting EVs, planting trees, making it easier to cycle and turning waste into renewable energy are all steps we must embrance.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

As a Business Analyst, I am very used to being flexible about my hours in order to best serve my clients, rarely have same-day deadlines and with the increased flexibility that has come with Covid, I have never had an easier time coordinating people on the go. As a Councillor, I would be able to carve out time for Council, the Traffic Committee, hte Sport & Recreation Group and, depending who else was elected, at least 1-2 more of these to protect North Sydney’s interests.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

Although a recent member to Labor, I wear its best values on my sleeve. I joined under Jodi McKay, participate in my local Precinct Committee and have no involvement in the real estate industry.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

If elected, not only would my mobile number and email address be publicly avaiable, I would actively seek out the community organisations that make North Sydney the place it is today. It is important to me that I help give voice to the people and workers of North Sydney, not just explain away the decisions passed down to me by the State Government. Decisions that effect our lives, should have our input. But I’m already listening, online, at community groups, when playing for North Sydney United, and I hope I reflect those learnings.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

The North Sydney Labor page (https://www.facebook.com/NorthSydneyALP) is your best bet, followed by https://northsydneylabor.com/, but other than Kirribilli Connections (where Jilly Gibson blocks any potential threat), you can find me and my reasonably unique name participating in most local Facebook groups and are welcome to engage me either publicly or via message. I will definitely be tracking the North Sydney Living post about this!

 

Estelle Blair
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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

My name is Estelle Blair and I am running for Councillor in the Cammeraygal Ward with The Real Independents.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

My family has lived in Kirribilli for over sixty years, so I was born, raised and educated in the North Sydney area. My three favourite places in North Sydney would have to be Milson Park, Balls Head, and Wendy’s Secret Garden.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

As a long time local, I know in my heart that Council needs to be back in the hands of the community. We know what’s what- how things work, how thing’s shouldn’t go… I believe that being a present, engaged, and long term member of the North Sydney community, I bring authentic passion, engagement, and friendship to our community and will do so no matter what obstacles are in my way.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

I believe that the single biggest issue facing our electorate is transparency. Transparency should be at the core of every single action taken by Council, and I just don’t believe we’re getting that right now. Transparency encompasses authentic community consultation, break downs on decision making processes and ultimately holds Council accountable. If we had true transparency, with all voices being openly heard and respected, then we could truely allow for the best possible version of North Sydney to be put forward.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I am a casual teacher, who specialises in Indigenous education. Working on a casual basis gives me the opportunity to schedule teaching days and Councillor duties if elected.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No to all questions.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

Community engagement should be at the heart of every single decision made by Council. The Real Independent’s aren’t there to push personal projects, or implement things on behalf of the big political parties. We are your neighbours, the people next to you in the line for your morning cup of coffee, your friends from the dog park… We are one of you, and we are listening to you, and acting for you. It’s as simple as that.

 

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

Our friends, family, and neighbours throughout North Sydney can find us at

Jilly Gibson

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

Hi, I’m Jilly Gibson (independent), the current Mayor of North Sydney and I’m running for both a position as Councillor and Mayor. My team is called Team Jilly and we are running a full team in both Cammeraygal and St Leonards Wards.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I have lived in the North Sydney LGA for most of my life. My two daughters, Alanya & Maija, started school at Neutral Bay Public School and still live close by with my grandchildren Rosella, Monty, Jack, Toby & Daisy. I have lived in Neutral Bay, Kurraba Point, and I now live in Kirribilli on Carabella St with my long-time partner Martin Williams who is an artist.

I love Hayes St beach and regularly grab a coffee and bite to eat from the nearby Thelma & Louise cafe. I love Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden where my daughter Maija and her husband Dan were married. I love our new outdoor plazas in Young Street Neutral Bay, Miller Street in the CBD and Burton Street Kirribilli.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I bring my love, passion and commitment to my community as a candidate for this election. I have performed my role as Mayor of North Sydney with enormous energy, public visibility, and personal connection to a wide range of local residents and small businesses.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Overdevelopment continues to cause angst for local residents. I have successfully led campaigns to save family homes from demolition. Another issue is the lack of open space for our growing population. As Mayor, I have rolled out The Platform at the Waverton Coal Loader site and used creative thinking to turn underutilised sections of road into high-quality urban plazas where locals happily gather. Pedestrian safety is also key. I have rolled out new pedestrian crossings right across the municipality. Cammeray Village needs some urgent attention to improve pedestrian safety, and we particularly need to focus on school zones such as those around Cammeray Public School, Anzac Park Public School and Middle Harbour Public School.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

My full-time job is Mayor of North Sydney. Being the Mayor of a densely populated area with a thriving CBD doesn’t leave me time for a second job!

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No, I am not a member of a political party, nor is any member of Team Jilly. I do not belong to any action groups or progress organisations, which can be more politically charged than a registered political party. I am not involved in the real estate industry.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

If re-elected I will continue to provide my personal  mobile number (0437 454 523) to all local residents and small business operators.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

Information on Team Jilly is available at jillygibson.com You can also find me on Facebook (facebook.com/jilly1mayor and facebook.com/groups/kirribilliconnections) or Instagram (@jillygibson) And keep a look out for the Jilly-mobile covered in pink stickers!

Ian Grey
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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 
 

Ian Grey, running for Councillor, Cammeraygal Ward, running for The Real Independents.

 
2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
 
I moved here with my parents in the 1960s and returned here in 2014. I love the Olympic pool, the walk from Waverton to Wollstonecraft station and the Cremorne Point walk.

 
3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?
 

I am standing so the Council reflects community views, not those of property developers or the Liberal Party. I bring excellent skills and experience for the role

 
4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Overdevelopment, financial mismanagement, lack of green open space. Our literature / website tells you how we’ll tackle these issues
 
5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I am retired from paid work
 
6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I am not in any political party. I am the current Chair of my local Precinct and CoConvenor of the Combined Precincts of  North Sydney
 

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council? 

By talking to people community groups and Precincts and interest groups
 
8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

 

Bruce Grimshaw

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

I am Bruce Grimshaw. I am running as a Councillor in the Cammeraygal Ward, as part of the NSW Labor team for that Ward.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I am married and have a daughter. I am a practicing Lawyer.

I have lived in Waverton and North Sydney for the past 16 years.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

In that time I have become increasingly concerned about a number of issues but principal amongst them are overdevelopment as opposed to sustainable development together with Council unresponsiveness.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I am running for Council to be a Voice for the Community, not a voice for vested interests.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

Georgia Lamb

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 

Georgia Lamb, Cammeraygal Ward, Lead candidate for Sustainable Australia Party

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I appreciate that North Sydney’s urban environment is full of natural beauty and scenery, particularly the Coal Loader including the amazing community gardens. I work in Waverton, which has some very special green areas that work well as hot spots for coffee and socialising. Kirribilli is also a wonderful place with a unique mix of history and culture, where I enjoy relaxing with a coffee under the Harbour Bridge, or Harbourside urban walks, particularly during lockdown!

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

North Sydney’s urban environment is full of natural beauty and scenery. If elected, I will fight to protect this because I value sustainability, environmental protection and equality. As a person in my 20s, I am also looking to bring a new perspective to Council meetings.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Overdevelopment is impacting on our natural and built environments around North Sydney. Justice for all, including our environment is part of who I am, and drives me to work for our community.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

Along with studying Social Policy and Regulation at UNSW, I work in hospitality in Waverton and office administration in Crows Nest. If elected, serving the community will be my number one priority.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I am running for Sustainable Australia Party. Sustainable Australia Party is an independent community movement from the political centre, with a positive plan for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. We support a science and evidence-based approach to policy – not a left or right wing ideology. We represent the community. None of our candidates are property developers or involved in the real estate industry.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

I am a ‘people person’ with a hands-on approach. If elected, I look forward to community events and meetings where we can discuss issues face-to-face to therefore better understand what the community wants and needs.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

Our website campaign page has all the contact links including Twitter and Facebook: www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/northsydneycouncil

John Lucas
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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 
 
John Lucas. I am a running for election as a Councillor in the Cammeraygal Ward with The Real Independents. I am an Independent candidate.
 
2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
 
I have lived in Cremorne for more than 30 years ago.
 
My three favourite places are Cremorne Point and any park/playground that my grand daughter wants to go to.
 
3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?
 
My focus will be to fight for the local area and negotiate the best outcomes for the community against the increasing pressures of overdevelopment and traffic.
 
4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
 
Impacts of State Government projects on the local amenity, overdevelopment, traffic and increasing debt are some of the biggest issues facing the new Council. My strong strategic planning and implementation background as well as experience in managing budgets and finance policy will provide a solid platform to address these issues.
 
5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?
 
As I am now retired, I will be more able to fulfil my duties as a Councillor.
 
6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?
 
Not a member of a political party. Not involved in the real estate industry.
 
I was a spokesperson for the Committee for Zone C representing my community in the negotiations for the B-Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). This committee was formed by a group of businesses and residents concerned about the negative impact of the B Line project on our local amenity.
 
7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?
 
I have been actively involved in Harrison Precinct and with the Committee for Zone C as per above. I enjoy engaging with my community through various ways, with a preference for meeting residents in person so I can truly understand their concerns.
 
8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?
 

David Martin

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

My name is David Martin and I’m running for council in North Sydney’s Cammeraygal Ward with CommUnity 1st.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I was born in Greenwich, went to Crows Nest boys high and have lived in the Neutral Bay/Cremorne area since 1986. I love Cremorne Pt, The Neutral Bay Tennis and Bowling Club and going to the footy and cricket at the beautiful North Sydney Oval.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I’m standing for Council because I want to give back to a community that I’ve grown up in and loved. Being that I’ve lived in this area my whole life I believe my knowledge of its history and it’s values will be an asset to what I can bring to the table.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

The over development of our community, protecting our parks and open spaces and to make our roads as safe as we can in the North Sydney LGA. If elected I would work closely with council to achieve the best possible outcomes for the above.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I’m self employed in the construction industry and if elected as a councillor I will adapt my day job to fulfil my commitments so I can serve the community to the best of my ability.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I am a member of the Liberal Party but be rest assured my views about council are totally independent as they have to be to serve the community correctly. I am not involved with the real estate industry.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

Through social media and being out and about talking to people.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

I’m part of the CommUnity 1st team and you can find us at thecommunity1st.com and on https://www.facebook.com/community1stnorthsydney/

 

David Mickleburgh

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 

David Mickleburgh Labor candidate for North Sydney Council in the Cammeraygal Ward. Running for Councillor position.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

Have lived in Sydney for 4 years and have always been in the North Shore area. Have fallen in love with the North Sydney area and never get sick of taking my greyhounds for walks around Cremorne Point, St Leonards Park and Forsyth Park.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I have a passion for the North Sydney community and improving community and social outcomes. I volunteer my time with a community legal centre and feel that I can positively contribute to people’s lives at the local level through Council activism.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Overdevelopment and sustainability are inversely linked. Promoting innovative and granular changes to promote sustainability and resist overdevelopment and unsustainable congestion.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I work as a volunteer solicitor and for the Federal government but there is no barrier to me devoting the time required to Council duties.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I am a member of member of the Labor Party and regularly attend Mosman branch meetings.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

Social media but also engaging regularly, in person, with community groups.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

www.northsydneylabor.com and the North Sydney Labor facebook group.

Timothy Moon

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

My name is Timothy Moon and I am running for councillor in this year’s council election. I am proud
to be part of the Community 1st as an independent for the Cammeraygal Ward

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I went to school in North Sydney and have lived in Neutral Bay for over 7 years with my family. My favourite places to enjoy in this wonderful area we have are Anderson Park, Hayes Street beach and Cremorne point

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in this election? What would you bring to our community?

I am proud to stand as a candidate with Community 1st in our Council’s elections. I want to be part
of a Council that is both transparent and responsive, reflecting community concerns. Our team
genuinely puts the Community 1st, it isn’t just words.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Over development without transparent and open communication with the community. There should
be better communication from council when larger development plans are put forward to council,
particularly plans which will severely impact the wonderful village community that we are proud to
be part of.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I am a national customer service manager who has a high level of multitasking within my role. that
Over the years I have been able to ensure both work and additional responsibilities for my
community are of an equal level of focus.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

Whilst I am not part of any political party, or involved in the real estate industry, I have been part of the Neutral Bay Precinct group that meets monthly to discuss and resolve local community issues. I find this very rewarding as it gives me an opportunity to make a real positive impact for our community.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

During these times the community need a representative that will listen to them and act on issues
that affect everyone’s way of life. It needs to be a genuine and sincere approach with a physical face to face engagement. Community 1st prides itself on putting this at the front of our mission, Our
Community, Traffic and Transport and our environment.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign?

We have a website and Facebook page set up that our friends, family and community can keep in
touch with us.
https://thecommunity1st.com/
https://www.facebook.com/community1stnorthsydney/

Ian Mutton

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

I am a councillor and running for re-election in North Sydney’s Cammeraygal ward.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I love:

  • to stand under the Harbour bridge in Bradfield Park and look over to the opera house – it’s a scene like no other in the world.
  • to walk along the old rail line from Waverton to Lavender Bay and dream about what it could become – Sydney’s very on high line.
  • To look out over Berrys Bay and picture the western foreshore as one of the great harbour fronting parks.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

I’m standing because there’s a real need to protect North Sydney from the attacks from state government that will see the:

  • loss of Cammeray Golf course,
  • traffic funnelled down our narrow streets to the expressway and tunnels,
  • the imposition of planning madness that has resulted in the stretch between St Leonards and Crows Nest – development with scant regard to the need for parks and playing fields.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I’m a lawyer. I set my own hours and make time available  for the things that are worth fighting for. What’s important is working to keep North Sydney a fabulous place in which to live.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I left the Liberal Party because of its policy on Vietnam – have not been back and, to be candid, don’t want to go back . Voted Whitlam in and Howard out. Don’t think the major parties have much to contribute

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

North Sydney has a precinct system – it is, perhaps, the best way to stay in touch with our community

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

I can be found at www.ianmutton.com

Elle Prevost

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

 

Elle Prevost, North Sydney Council, running for Councillor, Cammeraygal Ward

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

 

I have lived in the area for over 10 years- starting in Waverton, then Milsons Point, Cremorne, Neutral Bay, and back to Waverton. I know the area well! I love walking around Balls Head, the nature and stunning views are world class, and where I take all my foreign visitors. With the kids in tow, it’s a toss up between The Coal Loader and Berry Island!

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

 

I’ve been active in managing local online community groups for a few years now, and I know from the members feedback they are looking for a change. I didn’t see myself, or the group members values represented on the current council.
There’s a real push for some fresh ideas and a commitment to a highly functioning council with a lot of the news candidates- so it’s a great opportunity to enact some real change. I am in the unique position to hear from our group members every day online- and I am representing the people who can’t get to a council meeting or precinct meeting to share their ideas or concerns.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

 

Green space- we are so lucky and it certainly feels like we have plenty of green space- but in fact we have one of the lowest amounts of green space per capita of any LGA. There is a big push to increase the green space in this area, and we need to support proposals that to cease green space and investigate further opportunities.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

 

I recently had a baby- so right now I am a full tone Mum, but prior to this I held the role of Business Analysis and Strategy Manager at a global Corporate Travel Agency.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

 

I am a member of the Liberal Party, and was also a part of the Berry’s Bay Working group (stepped down due to running for council). I am not a member of the Real Estate industry.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

 

As the moderator of the Cremorne and Neutral Bay, Wollstonecraft and Waverton, Milsons and McMahons Point community Facebook groups, with almost 16,000 members between them, I will continue to use this platform to ascertain community views, concerns and new ideas.
In addition, through this campaign elope have been reaching out to me via email and SMS, which I’m more than happy to receive.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

 

The best way is to join www.Facebook.com/ellefornorthsydney, for the latest updates, or send me a message or email if you would like to get involved, or have ideas to share!

Katie Richmond
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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 

Katie Richmond.  I am running for Councillor as an Independent for the Real Independents in the Cammeraygal Ward.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

 I have lived in the North Sydney LGA for 11 years and went to school in Kirribilli.

Three places I love:

• Balls Head in Waverton
• McCallum Pool Cremorne

• Toriciya Japanese Restaurant Cammeray

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

To bring values of transparency, compassion, innovation and sustainability back into Council and the voices of our community back onto the Council floor.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

The increasing lack of transparent and responsive governance.

Financial decision making, financial management and financial sustainability

The risks to green open space and local amenity

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

Chief Development Director at Good Return.  I work part time and will devote certain days during the week to council and community work

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

 

Through the wonderful precinct structures; regular kitchen tables/consultations; via email and phone.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

https://www.therealindependents.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/therealindependentsfornorthsydney/
https://www.instagram.com/the.real.independents/

Shannon Welch

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 

Shannon Welch lead Labor candidate North Sydney Council Cammeraygal Ward running for councillor position.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

Lived in Neutral Bay since 1998. Love Primrose Park tennis courts. Love the foreshore walks especially around Cremorne Point. I love our local restaurants.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I led a public campaign to have the Primrose Park tennis courts refurbished. It gave me some insight into how the council works and that I could make a difference.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Congestion, overdevelopment, housing affordability and inadequate bike infrastructure.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I am a retired ICU nurse. I will have no problem devoting time to Council duties.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I am a member of the Labor Party. I regularly attend Neutral Precinct meetings and I am registered with AHPRA as an RN. I am not involved with the real estate industry.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

I’m active on social media and a member of numerous community groups. I would like to continue to attend precinct meetings as an observer. It is a great way to find out what is happening in the local neighbourhood.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?


https://northsydneylabor.com/

 

Faye Westwood

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

My name is Faye Westwood, I am running as a Councillor, in the Cammeraygal Ward. I am proud to represent NSW Labor as part of a group of candidates for that Ward. The Labor candidates are Shannon Welch (Lead Candidate), Bruce Grimshaw, Nathan Bernasconi,  myself and David Mickleburgh.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I grew up in the Mosman/North Sydney area. When my son was about 18 months old, I returned to North Cremorne with him and my partner, Guy, after living in Bondi, and down the south coast. Our son went Middle Harbour Public School and Mosman High, which is a wonderful high school, and we now all live in Kirribilli. The three places I love are:

  • All the shops, cafes, and restaurants in Broughton Street, Kirribilli and the local Post Office because the staff are so caring, and the locals are so friendly. There is still a sense of community, which is rare in a big city;
  • The views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour;
  • Milsons Park because we can take our dog there, and enjoy nature. I love dogs!

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I am a local Theatre Director.  As Artistic Director of Sharkbite Theatre I spend my time creating, directing and co-producing original Australian plays, and have worked with young people to create plays in Sydney and country NSW. The arts industry really suffered during the COVID lockdowns, and we have not done a production since 2019. If elected, I would like to see Council create opportunities for local theatres, musicians and artists, so that North Sydney becomes a Vibrant and prosperous Centre for the Arts. I would support the Ensemble Theatre, and local community theatre groups.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

  • Sustainability – we can take practical steps at a local Council level to tackle Climate Change and build a Sustainable Community. The Black Summer Bushfires, was personal for me as I used to live in Malua Bay, and this was a wake up call to every individual Australian citizen to do their part to reduce global temperatures;
  • Rebuilding after COVID – it is sad to see empty shops, and offices in North Sydney, and a stark reminder that not every business survived COVID, and not everyone kept their job. Council can support the Arts, and local businesses, and provide employment opportunities for  those who need help getting back on their feet;
  • Affordable housing – I would work in partnership with the State Government to tackle this growing crisis in North Sydney/Sydney. NSW  Labor has plans to solve this problem. Everyone should be able to afford a home, but that is now out of reach of many people;
  • I support The Uluru Statement from the Heart, and its call for Voice, Treaty and Truth which is supported by Federal and State Labor. Council can play an important role in supporting local initiatives that promote First Nations’ history, culture, achievements and aspirations.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I work part time as a Solicitor in a small legal practice, and work mainly as a Criminal Defence Lawyer, and also as an Employment Lawyer. I have the flexibility to organise my own workload, and this is how I would manage my duties, if elected. I have a commitment to social justice. I am particularly interested in providing affordable legal advice to young people about a range of legal issues. I also want to help employers and employees, navigate the complexities of issues surrounding COVID, and how to move forward together.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I am a member of NSW Labor, and am actively involved in my local Mosman Branch, and with members of North Sydney Branch.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

I think COVID taught us all the importance of personal communication, rather than by technology. I would set aside time each week, for people to contact me by phone, and arrange to meet with them in person, to discuss issues of concern. If COVID restrictions came back, I would still link up personally by phone, or Zoom. Council needs to be transparent and accountable to the people of North Sydney, and to make decisions that are progressive and inclusive.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

People can go to https://www.facebook.com/NorthSydneyALP. The Labor team will also be doing public intercepts over the next month at train stations, and local markets, including the Kirribilli Markets on Sunday 14 November 2021.

Sophie Winton

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.
Sophie Lyn Winton / Running for Councillor (no mayoral election in North Sydney LGA) / Running as an Independent but am a proud member of the Liberal Party. Sadly, the Liberal Party chose not to endorse any candidates for the 2021 North Sydney Local Government Election. I am completely transparent about my Liberal affiliation, it is something I am very proud of.
2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
I grew up on the North Shore having participated in musicals and theatre with Shore School throughout my highschool career. Shore was my “brother school” while I attended Ravenswood School for Girls. I love Milsons Point and St Leonards Park having spent many wonderful times in the area throughout my life. Crows Nest is also a favourite of mine, having lived in the area for five years. I proposed to my partner in one of the local restaurants (Xenos) which is a favourite place of mine for a coffee.
3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?
I’m standing in this election to provide a voice to young families. I recently became a mother and know this experience will enable me to bring insight to local council for young mums in the area.
4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
Biggest issue is green space – I want to provide more of it and better facilities.
5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?
I’m a public servant. Serving the community is what I do.
6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?
Not involved in real estate. I’m proudly a member of the Liberal Party. I’m on the Executive of the Liberal Women’s Council, an organisation hoping to encourage as many women as possible to get into politics at all levels.
7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?
I’d engage with the community in the ways I already am. Visiting local markets on a Saturday, chatting to people in local restaurants and participating in local events such as Parkrun.
8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?
Follow me on
* Facebook www.facebook.com/sophie.winton.14

 

ST LEONARDS WARD

 

Nicole Antonini
north sydney local government election
1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 
 
Nicole Antonini running for Councillor in St Leonards Ward. I am an Independent Candidate
 
2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I am 3rd generation Cammeray local, I live in what was once my grandparents home. All the local kids like to practice their balance walking along our front fence, just as my mother did as a child, then me and now my children. I love Cammeray village. I love our open green spaces and my all time favourite view is Broughton St look out.
 
3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I want to see a return to the independent North Sydney Council. I want to see a council that defends it’s community and acts in their best interests. I want to see a more innovative & sustainable council.
 
4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

North Sydney LGA is facing some tough times ahead with the incredibly destructive tunnels projects as well as continual push for poorly planned overdevelopment, I want to ensure our community is looked after as best as possible. That we not only up hold the liveability of our beautiful area but we improve it.
 
5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I run the office our of our small family business as well as running a local fruit & veg co-op that is very much focused on sustainability. As a mum of two little people I’m use to juggling various tasks and I love to be involved in improving the future for our children.
 
6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?
 
I am not, nor have I ever been a member of a political party. I have been involved over the years with various local groups that have fought the tunnel projects. I am not a developer or nor do I have any ties to the real estate industry.
 
7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?
 
I would hope that the community would find me an approachable person. I’m happy for anyone in our community to contact me to discuss their concerns. We’ve made an impressive digital presence and I think it’s a great way to keep people up to date with what’s going on in our council. Integrity & transparency are paramount to me.
 
8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?
 

Zoe Baker

north sydney local government election

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 
 

Cr  Zoe Baker, Councillor, St Leonards Ward, North Sydney Council running as part of The Real Independents, true community-minded independents.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
 

I was born at the Mater Hospital, went to school at North Sydney Demonstration School and Neutral Bay Public School then to North Sydney Girls’ High.  I was a lucky child who roamed freely around the bush reserves and harbour foreshores of North Sydney.  I returned to live in North Sydney when we had our daughter and at that time decided to run for Council in order to make a difference, particularly on environmental and planning matters.

It is almost impossible to whittle it down to just three (3) places I love, so in no particular order:

• Balls Head, Berry’s Bay and the Coal Loader Platform, Waverton
• Badangi Reserve, Wollstonecraft – the incredible angophoras and western  harbour glimpses
• Crows Nest – the human scale of Willoughby Road shops, the Stage 1 expanded Hume Street park works and the Holtermann Conservation Area
 
3, Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?
 

I am standing again as part of the Real Independents team as we need to bring North Sydney Council back to true independent representation. I have been particularly concerned by many of the decisions this Council has made which I feel have been more in the interests of the State Government and developers rather than the residents and ratepayers of the North Sydney LGA whose interests we are elected to represent.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
 
Overdevelopment with consequential loss of open space and inadequate community facilities (schools, libraries, parks, playing fields) – continue to lead on planning excellence and resist State government and developer-led pressure, put in place planning controls to protect the scale and character of our villages and ensure new development delivers public benefits to address existing loss of public open space, community facilities , affordable housing (so that key workers and young people can continue to live here)
Council finances – rates have gone up by more than 20% over the last three years, service levels have noticeably fallen and the decision to enter into more than $30m in debt  represents huge opportunity costs for other services and projects (from open space embellishment and expansion to footpath renewal)
Climate action – Council declared a climate emergency but has not really implemented any new policies, projects or approaches (beyond pre-existing commitments) to “walk the talk” – North Sydney Council used to lead the way on environmental sustainability, we need to shift the focus back – from waste services to water saving and recycling projects, to sustainable transport initiatives including electrical vehicle charging pilot projects.

Public participation and transparency –  return community voices to all Council policy and decision-making processes.

 

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?
 

As a current councillor, I am confident that I will continue to manage work, family and Council commitments with care and diligence.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?
 

I am not now, and never have been, a member of a political party nor involved in the real estate industry.  As a serving councillor, I am not a member of a resident action group or local progress association as I want to be able to speak and advocate on behalf of community interests without having a conflict of interest due to such a membership.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

I will continue to engage with the community I represent in every manner possible.

 

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?
 

Stephen Barbour

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

Stephen Barbour, I am running for North Sydney Council, the Mayor will be decided by the Council after it is elected. I am the lead Candidate for  North Sydney 1st in the St Leonards Ward. I am a member of The Liberal Party but unendorsed by the party as is the majority of my team. I will  continue, as I always have and as my voting history demonstrates…to vote for what I believe is best for our community, even if it clashes with  what the Liberal Party may espouse is best,,,Opposing Amalgamation in the past is one example.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I began living here almost 30 years ago with my first wife with whom I ran the very successful Hayes Street Parties for many years and was  Chair of that Precinct for 4 years, winning Community Awards for our efforts. We lived in Young Street, Wallaringa Road and Ben Boyd road to  name a few places. I have worked in Neutral Bay, McMahons Point and Crows Nest. I joined Council13 years ago but sadly after my first year  my wife Brigitte passed away from Breast Cancer during which time I cared for her at home. Later I would remarry and now have 5 year old and  3 month old with my second wife. Living near May Gibbs Nutcote at one point I became active in supporting them and over the years have been  Chair and a volunteer helper at Nutcote. So I love May Gibbs Nutcote, Tunks Park with its Playground and fields for my son to kick a ball with  me and finally The Coal Loader for the Adventures we have exploring and bushwalking there.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I am standing again as a Candidate after being 5 times Deputy Mayor, to hopefully see a new Council with a new Mayor and a more cohesive,  less combative and costly Council for the rate payers. I have assembled a very diverse and professionally capable team to contribute to a new  version of Council for the rate payer that is cohesive and responsive to the public in a more meaningful and efficient way. Being nominated by  my peers on Council to be Deputy Mayor 5 times didn’t happen because I was a divisive presence on Council. I would like to lead Council to a  much more professionally functioning entity from which all our ratepayers benefit. Having said that I also have a strong track record in Social  responsibility to our community having served on things like the Board of James Milson Village.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Over development, I believe and always have in sensible Development with Community Benefits but not rampant over Development with no  benefits. A lack of Open Space in a Post Covid world is more pressing than ever, a better utilisation of our current Open Space…I was the one who introduced the Adult Exercise Equipment in our Open Areas, that has been so heavily used during lockdowns.There is room also for more pocket parks in our area and the reclaiming of new open spaces.

Parking, always a hot topic and yes there are improvements still to be made to our parking and traffic management through better Policy and the use of better Technologies. Small business support needs serious help. As a supporter of our Chambers of Commerce, mostly the only Councillor at many of these events and things like the Business initiatives in Crows Nest, my team would like to see a dedicated North Sydney Council Staff member to assist in helping our Businesses more easily tackle the interface with Council to create a thriving, more enjoyable environment for all.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I am an Associate Producer on the highly successful Reality TV Show, The Block giving me a thorough understanding of the world of families  wishing to renovate their homes for a better lifestyle, Previous to the I worked for the BBC in Australia and several other TV Channels where I  have won Australian and International Awards for my work. As mentioned I have worked in the Film and Tv Industry and on Council concurrently  and successfully for 13 years now, so know how that’s achieved.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I am a member of The Liberal Party as is the majority of my Team though we are unendorsed by the Party which is a Party Policy stance for our  area. I am not in the battle to be the most independent, independent as my Council history shows I vote for what I believe is best for our  Community after consultation with it. That is and will remain my track record.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

My beginnings where doing local events like Street Parties and Easter egg hunts for my Local Community and was a Precinct Chair for 4 years  so have come from the ‘Grass Roots’ as it where. As a local of 30 years standing, Councillor for 13 years and 5 times Deputy Mayor, I have  been an Area Supervisor for the Red Shield Appeal, twice, Nutcote Chair, JMV Board Member, Chamber of Commerce supporter, Chair of  Shorelink Library Network, NSROC representative and more where I have attended Community Support initiatives to overhear people say ‘We  have a Councillor here?” And proudly hear the reply.. ‘He’s the only one that ever bothers!” I will continue and expand on my Community base  by continuing to attend all the Council meetings I am able, continuing to attend Citizenship Ceremonies, Community Events and engaging with  our rate payers to support them to the best of my abilities. I am a team player and have a brilliant team of experience, diversity, new ideas and  the skills to enact them for you.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

NorthSydney1st.com.au or on our Facebook page……Thank You.

William Bourke

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 

William Bourke, St Leonards Ward, Lead candidate for Sustainable Australia Party

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I have lived in the North Sydney Council area for around 20 years and during that time operated a small business in Crows Nest. I love North Sydney’s natural environment, including Berry Island, St Leonards Park and also the village feel of Crows Nest.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I am standing because our community and environment is under threat from rampant overdevelopment. I want to return real planning powers to local communities – and fight for better democracy. We need councillors and politicians that represent their local community, not the high-rise property industry or state government.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Again, rampant overdevelopment is impacting on our natural and built environments. We need our councillors to start pushing back on the state governments overdevelopment agenda. Sustainable Australia Party will do this by contesting both local and state elections over the next 18 months. Unlike the major parties, we are not tied to vested interests such as property developers.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I run a small marketing consulting business and also manage Sustainable Australia Party from our national office in Crows Nest. If elected, I will quickly phase out my small business consulting work and focus on serving the community.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

Yes, I am president of Sustainable Australia Party. Sustainable Australia Party is an independent community movement from the political centre, with a positive plan for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. We support a science and evidence-based approach to policy – not a left or right wing ideology.

I am not involved in the real estate industry, but am very concerned about the amount of influence the property development industry has at both state and local council level.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

I will be available for the community through the normal telephone and digital media channels. I will also be continuing my regular attendance at community events and market stall bookings, including the Crows Nest markets.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

Our website campaign page has all the contact links including Twitter and Facebook:
www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/northsydneycouncil

 

Efi Carr (Farmakalidis)

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1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

My name is Efi Carr (Farmakalidis) and I am running for Councillor in the St Leonards Ward for North Sydney Council. I am with the CommUnity 1st team led by Jessican Keen, a sitting Councillor. I am not representing a political party.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

We (my husband and I) moved to the North Sydney area about 7 years ago after spending many years working overseas having spent time in Bangkok, Amsterdam and Singapore. I am a member of the Board of the Kirribilli Neighbouhood Centre and do a lot of other volunteer work around the LGA. We absolutely love the area. In particular, I enjoy the Cremorne Foreshore walk, the Kirribilli Markets and our village atmosphere, and the walk from Lavender Bay and Wendy’s Secret Garden to the Coal Loader and Balls Head.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

 

I have strong views about protecting our communities. We need to maintain our village atmosphere, prevent overdevelopment, and protect our green spaces (given we don’t have many) and the environment. I bring significant commercial experience, having spent many years in senior leadership positions, negotiation skills, disciplined decision making capabilities and significantly a strong passion for the community I live in.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

 

The biggest issue first and foremost is post Covid recovery for our small businesses. In addition, significant issues facing the North Sydney LGA are overdevelopment and loss of green space, our environment and infrastructure projects. Entwined with all of the topics I mentioned  are traffic issues and pedestrian safety, lack of sport fields, and revitalizing the North Sydney CBD.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

 

I held senior regional roles and when we returned to Sydney, I decided to work only part time. I will make sure I have plenty of time available to focus my attention on Council duties. I believe this is important as I take the role of being a Councillor very seriously.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

 

I am not involved in real estate in any shape or form. I am a strong willed, free thinker and despite the fact that I do belong to the Liberal Party, I am first and foremost a concerned and passionate resident.  Besides,  Local Council matters are local and are not governed by the State Government of the day. Political Parties have no role to play here, in the North Sydney LGA.

 

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

I hope to engage with as many residents as possible. Please reach out and speak with me on any matter that you are concerned about. Provided I can do something about it, I will do my best. to address the issues raised.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

 

You can follow our team through our website at thecommunity1st.com and our Facebook page CommUnity 1st for North Sydney.

Tony Carr

north sydney local government election

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 
 
My name is Tony Carr. I am a current Councillor running for re-election – St Leonards Ward. I am an Independent candidate.
 
2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
 
My family have been property owners in North Sydney since 2002.
 
My three favourite places are the Coal Loader, Primrose Park and St Thomas Rest Park.
 
3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?
 
We need a Council that will stand up to the State Government and be true independent representatives of the community. Enhancing the community’s sense of place and belonging through increasing North Sydney’s identity, whilst preserving its distinctive heritage has been and will continue to be a key focus for me.
 
4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
 
Loss of green and open space, overdevelopment and spiralling debt are some of the biggest issues facing the new Council. Having been career banker working in both the banking and the not for profit industry for the last 30 years, I have the necessary skills to address these big issues.
 
5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?
 
As has been the case for the past term of Council, I will continue to manage my professional roles alongside my duties as a Councillor.
 
6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?
 
No
 
7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?
 
I am always happy to meet and speak with residents about their concerns. I believe in each member of the community having a voice and the importance of local issues being met by an independent, community-based advocate.
 
8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?
 

 

Diana Davidson
north sydney local government election
1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 

Diana Davidson,  Councillor, St Leonards Ward, North Sydney Council running as part of The Real Independents, true community-minded independents.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
 

I have lived and worked in North Sydney for more than four decades.

Too many to choose from, but here are  (3) places I love:

• Folly’s Point, Cammeray – gorgeous trees and access to Middle Harbour
• Luna Park – brilliant Art Deco precinct on the harbour
• Films at the Cremorne Orpheum
 
3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?
 

I am standing because the North Sydney I love to live and work in is not being protected or well served by this Council.  My rates have climbed significantly and services are lower – the library is charging a $2.50 fee to reserve a book now! – and everywhere I turn another ugly flat building is taking the place of trees and character-filled houses.

• What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
• Overdevelopment
• Council finances
• Lack of commitment to culture and the arts

• Climate action

 

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?
 

I am an artist and Master Printmaker.  I  co-founded Whaling Road Studio one of Sydney’s oldest fine art editioning studios and have been working from the North-Sydney based practice with Australian artists (including  Brett Whiteley,  Dorothy Napangardi, John Firth Smith,  Peter Kingston, Ann Thompson,  David Serisier, Laura Jones,  Luke Sciberras) since 1978

 
6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No.

 
7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?
 

By listening to and talking with the community.

 
8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?
 

Alanya Drummond

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 

Hi my name is Councillor Dr Alanya Drummond. I am 100% independent, running to be re-elected as Councillor for North Sydney, St Leonards Ward as part of Team Jilly (I will be supporting Jilly for re-election as Mayor of North Sydney)

2.Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I have lived in the North Sydney area for most of my life. As a child I lived in Neutral Bay and attended Neutral Bay Public School. I have lived in Kirribilli as a teenager and now live in Cremorne with my husband and two children who are 6 and 8 and attend Middle Harbour Public School. I have now spent the last four years as a Councillor for the area that I love, which sits on Cammeraygal land.

I love Brightmore Reserve, dubbed “the scooter park” by my kids, who happily spend hours zooming around the track. I am proud that we offer local families spaces that can entertain all ages – there are swings for toddlers, climbing frames for bigger kids and open green space (speckled with some informal bike jumps!) for teenagers to ride and throw a football.

I love North Sydney Oval. Bring back the Bears!! My family and I have spent many a sunny afternoon on the hill watching the women’s rugby and cricket. My kids’ favourite bit is running on the field at half time – it’s hard to get them back off again!

I love Foley’s Point, it’s a hidden gem. We are a kayaking family and it is the perfect spot to launch. The chairs on the shore left by locals show just how friendly a spot it is.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

Having loved the past four years spent representing my community as a Councillor, I am running again because there is more work to be done. In terms of the built environment (which is my professional discipline) I am proud to have delivered big wins for our community, such as the redevelopment of our North Sydney Olympic Pool. Passionate about fostering the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community, I am also proud of milestones that Team Jilly have actioned, such as flying the Aboriginal flag in Council chambers and at citizenship ceremonies in acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of the land on which our residents live and work.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

North Sydney Council often overlooks the needs of renters. Almost half of our residents rent their home in North Sydney, some briefly and others for their lifetime. All are valuable members of our community who deserve to be heard. It is critical that we take into account the varying needs of those who choose home flexibility.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I am an academic. I lecture at the University of New South Wales in the Built Environment, teaching primarily design practice courses. I have also held the position as UNSW Disability Champion, advocating for the mental health and wellbeing of students, as well as a leadership role as the Director of Student Experience for Arts, Design & Architecture. With architecture, urban and interior design best practice in my daily vocabulary, and wellbeing at the front of mind, I bring my knowledge and care for both people and place to my role as Councillor. Random fact – the population of UNSW is about equal to the population of North Sydney LGA, so I have double the experience at overseeing the needs of 75k+ people!

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No, I am fully independent, as are all members of Team Jilly.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

We must engage with our community in a rapid and flexible way. Everyone is busy, and few of us have time to attend town halls or write long responses to surveys. I have had a lot of success connecting with new and existing residents over social media – I love being able to put a question out to the “facebook universe” and get a sense of the community’s perspective within minutes. This kind of temperature testing is critical if we are to stay on top of what our constituents want and need.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

I am part of Team Jilly and you can follow us on our campaign website at jillygibson.com, or our campaign page at facebook.com/jilly1mayor

Michelle Hertz

1.Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

Michelle Hertz, running for Councillor, in the St Leonards Ward for North Sydney Council. I am running as an Independent as part of the wider CommUnity1st team which is a collection of local residents.

2.Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I moved to the North Sydney area over 20 years ago as a fresh university graduate to work for Andersen Consulting who had their offices on Walker St. Three places I love in our LGA are: 1. The North Sydney Pool – I know it’s being rebuilt but it’s left a big hole in my and my family’s life and keen to see it reopen as soon as possible. 2. the Crows Nest and Kirribilli Markets & the North Sydney night market in summer and 3. The Coal Loader – it’s a good spot to let my daughter run free while we grab a coffee and watch.

3.Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I’ve been a local resident for just over 20 years and have been concerned about the loss of small businesses in our villages, the safety of our kids near schools and roads, and the limited supports I had in the area when I was a new mum – a process I’m about to go through again. There are also the various cycling infrastructure issues more recently – I’d really love to get it resolved.

I bring the perspective of a parent with young kids (I’m 8 months pregnant with a 6 year old), 20 years of strategy execution experience, 6 years of board governance experience and a passion for solving the ‘hard to solve’ problems. I have worked across private industry, government and not for profit organisations and can bring my connections through my working career to solve problems for the local community if and when appropriate.

4.What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

I would say most candidates will say overdevelopment of our area, preservation of green space, and financial accountability and transparency of council. I’ll support and work with the wider team on those issues as they seem to be the big ticket items, but my focus is a little more niche being the safety of our kids near schools (and smokestacks), improving services in the area for new parents, and finding ways to better support our small businesses to stay in the area. Part of this is applying my parent perspective to any new developments near schools and advocating what won’t work for our kids, working with our community centres, children’s activity providers and NSW Health to better utilise our community spaces, and being creative with ideas that can work for small business (or just using some common sense like extending the outdoor dining fee waiver).

5.What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I’m a strategy executive working for an infrastructure company that is focussed on asset operations and maintenance with its head office in North Sydney. I discussed this with my leadership before sticking my hand up and they are supportive and want our people to be active in the community. My company does sell facilities maintenance and asset management services to local councils however so if a contract of that type were discussed I’d need to declare a conflict of interest and step out of the discussion. Mind you, there’s plenty of ideas around sustainability I get from my day job that I think could spark some good outcomes for council and the community.

6.Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No and no. What I will say to be transparent, is that the CommUnity 1st team has four Liberal Party members, and six independents. I am one of the six independents that has no political party affiliation.

7.How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

I kind of am now through my existing social groups in the LGA who don’t normally involve themselves in council affairs, but given I’ve mentioned I’m running they let me know what’s top of mind. I personally think Council should make better use of social media, redesign the website to be more user friendly and that is one platform, but I intend to be more involved with precincts from next year, and also my local primary school (North Sydney Demonstration School).

8.How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

Two ways, the CommUnity1st Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/community1stnorthsydney/) , and my page Michelle Hertz for North Sydney Council (https://www.facebook.com/michelleleehertz78)

Chris Holding
1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 
Chris Holding – Councillor, St Leonards – Independent – as part of The Real Independents.
2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I’ve lived in Cremorne for over a decade with my wife and two daughters. Some of my favourite local spots are –  Cremorne Point Walk, The Orpheum and Tobruk Avenue down to Primrose Park for a sunset walk (maybe venturing on to the Oaks afterwards) – sorry thats four!

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

Primarily large scale high density overdevelopment across the LGA – and specifically Neutral Bay Town Centre – also the potential permanent loss of Green space at Cammeray for the Western Harbour Tunnel. 

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

The Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link (NSW government) and the Military Road Corridor Planning Study to re zone Neutral Bay into high density apartments (with no rail connection)

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I’m a Freelance TV and digital content Producer – I’ve been running a community group for the last 5 years called Brightmore Precinct and I’ve been told (by mutiple sitting councillors) that the work load is similar. Also inaction is not an option – too much is at stake!

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No – never have been, Yes was Chair of Brightmore Precinct for 5 years – I am not in Real Estate.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

All the traditional methods and maybe a couple of new – TBC!

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

Instagram (which is very active!!) Facebook and our Website.
I’ve been producing some short films/vlogs for each of our team to help explain some of the key issues facing North Sydney.
How do we know what the issues are? – because the community told us. 

Jessica Keen

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

Jessica Keen
North Sydney Council
St Leonard’s Ward

Liberal Party member however unendorsed so unable to run as a Liberal in the electorate.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I have lived here for over 20 years – all of my married life and my 4 children went to the local school and play in the sporting clubs.

My favourite places:

St Leonard’s Park
Neutral Bay village
Crows Nest community

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I would like the opportunity to serve a second term of Council – I have learnt a lot in the past 4 years and would welcome the opportunity serve my community for a second term. Consistency is important time for the next term of Council with so much going on in North Sydney LGA.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

Overdevelopment – we need to preserve our community and our villages.

We also need more facilities for community sports and the arts.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

I manage the training and development division of a tourism company – I have successfully managed my career, family and Council obligations for 4 years. I dedicate time every week for my Councillor duties and you will see from my attendance record I have attended all Council meetings and briefings.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

I am a member of the Liberal Party

I am very transparent and have consistently declared conflicts of interest on the floor of Council which is publicly available.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

I have a number of forums – I am a big supporter of the Precinct System; I have my own social media platforms and to be honest just being available to the residents is an important part of the role.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

www.thecommunity1st.com
https://www.facebook.com/community1stnorthsydney
https://www.jessicakeennorthsydney.com/

John Lepouris

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 
 

My name is John Lepouris (independent) and I am running with Team Jilly for Councillor in North Sydney – St Leonards Ward.

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
 

I was born and raised locally and have spent most of my life on the lower North Shore. I speak fluent Greek and now live with my wife and daughter in Neutral Bay.

In terms of things that I love in North Sydney, apart from my family I would have say my café Against the Grind in Young Street, of course – come by anytime for a chat about local issues, I’m always in the shop.

My second love is Neutral Bay overall – I am an avid supporter of our Village and will dedicate myself to improving and enhancing the nearby community spaces for our North Sydney residents.

I also love our local playgrounds – so important for families living in apartments.

 

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?
 

Council has an operational budget of over $140m each year and are responsible for assets in excess of $1.2bn. If elected, I will bring fiscal knowledge to these huge budgetary responsibilities through my experience owning, managing and running a number of diverse businesses. Between earning a Bachelors degree in Economics and a Juris Doctor in Law from UTS, I spent fifteen years working in Europe. This international business knowledge will be critical to enhancing and improving our community assets.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
 

Improving the Neutral Bay Village. This area has been hugely overlooked in recent years (decades!) and is in much need of attention. Undergrounding the carpark and creating a public plaza above would be an amazing way to revitalise our public open space.

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?
 

I am the owner-operator of Against the Grind café in Neutral Bay. The two roles will work perfectly together – hospitality is a great way to stay connected to the community conversation and understand concerns.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?
 

No, I am fully independent, as are all members of Team Jilly.

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?
 

We need to engage with the North Sydney community in quick and efficient ways – in person and online. As well as formal submissions for major projects, a casual chat in a cafe or playground is also a critical way to recognise what is on the minds of our residents – it all counts

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

I am part of Team Jilly and you can follow us on our campaign website at jillygibson.com, or our campaign page at facebook.com/jilly1mayor

Godfrey Santer

 

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party. 
 

Name – Godfrey Santer
Running for – Councillor
Ward – St Leonards
Representing – Australian Labor Party

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
 

My family and I have lived in North Sydney for 27 years, with one of our daughters and her family also here and attending local schools. I started and ran a successful small tourism based business here, dealing extensively with Council while operating the business. I am Chairman of the Owners’ Corporation of our residential building and Convenor of one of North Sydney’s 25 precincts. I am passionate about our parks and open spaces, including Balls Head Reserve, Berrys Bay and the Coal Loader, Tunks Park and Flat Rock Gully Reserve, which we locals enjoy and which show great potential for visits by interstate and foreign tourists, and our precious St Leonards Park which has helped us all so much to cope with Covid.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?
 

Having lived and worked here for over 25 years I have come to appreciate North Sydney’s wonderful attractions and the opportunity they offer for our local businesses, especially in tourism and related industries.

We need to reinvigorate our CBD and the Harbourside areas and to take full advantage of the magnificent Harbour views which only the north side of the city offer. We need to encourage more small business to set up here and stay open in the evenings.

We need to care more for our living environment and our region, currently divided as it is by a freeway and its planned further widening and encroachment on our precious and diminishing parkland. Indeed, we need to expand the park and garden areas and overcome the division caused by the freeway and tunnel system.

We need greater recognition and protection of our Aboriginal historical and cultural sites. We must also focus more on North Sydney’s early settlement history. Not only is this morally necessary it also makes good business sense through increasing visits to our side of the Harbour.

We need to ensure we develop a city which is people oriented and enables local residents and businesses to have a vibrant, sustainable lifestyle within a cohesive, prosperous community.

Given my business experience and long term residency here, I believe by being a member of Council I can introduce policy initiatives to give effect to these needs, while combatting any interests of non-resident property developers which conflict with residents’ interests.

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
 

The biggest issues facing the electorate are the challenges to our lifestyle from developments which don’t take into account our local community’s needs, increased traffic congestion on our streets, growing air pollution near our homes and schools, inadequate treatment of waste – especially recyclable and compostable waste – unaffordable housing, a failure to promote public and private EV charge points, rooftop solar and community power sharing schemes and a reduction in our public spaces and amenities. On Council, I will seek to introduce policies to overcome these challenges

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?
 

I am currently retired and will be able to devote full attention to the requirements of an elected Councillor.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?
 

I am a proud member of the Australian Labor Party and active participant in my local Precinct. I am not involved in the real estate industry and, in line with Labor Party policy and my experience in considering DA’s under the precinct system, will combat against any interests of non-resident property developers which conflict with residents’ interests

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?
 

I actively support community involvement in the Council’s administration. I believe the Precinct consultative system with Council is currently under challenge, with attempts to reduce its independence from Council administration. As a Councillor I will seek to strengthen the Precinct system’s advisory role, free of Council interference, to ensure it remains a vehicle for the direct conveying of community concerns to Council. This includes regular attendance by Councillors at precinct meetings, as an observer, as part of their duties.

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election?

www.northsydneylabor.com and on social media.

James Spenceley

1. Please list your name, which Ward you are running in, and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.

James Spenceley, Councillor, St Leonards Ward. 100% Independent, personally not a member of a party

2. Tell us about your connection to North Sydney, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

 

I have lived most of my adult life in the North Sydney LGA including North Sydney CBD, Crows Nest, Cremorne Point and now Cremorne. 
1. Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest. Love coming to Crows Nest for dinner or a walk, there are such great places to eat and the street is beautiful. 
2. Cremorne Point. Walking around the park with the kids, or watching the city at dusk, this is one of the best spots in all of Sydney not just North Sydney
3. Cremorne Plaza, sure, yes it’s old and a bit run down but we love the community feel on a warm summer evening eating pizza at Fratellis and watching the kids run around

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the North Sydney local government election? What would you bring to our community?

 

I’m standing because I think council can do better. Council can listen to the community more in its decision making, cut out the politics and make the area a destination not a place people simply to pass by. 
I bring an award winning and successful business background with a great deal of experience in technology coupled with a desire to do the right thing for the community my family is part of. Being involved with a lot of businesses I’m used to reaching compromise and working together in the board room with differing views. I think council could benefit from a strong and successful business perspective coupled with a community focus. 

4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

 

Development, over development and protecting out streetscapes and heritage while still upgrading and improving much of the ageing commercial infrastructure. I believe we should have heritage impact statements for any house over 100 years before being demolished and we must have a holistic approach to development that means we don’t piece by piece, end up destroying the history and feel of our suburbs. 

5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

 

I am the Chairman of ASX listed Airtasker (ASX:ART) and a non-executive board member of ASX listed Kogan.com (ASX:KGN). I have a lot of flexibility with my roles as being a board member of companies is generally a part time role, they keep my buys but I don’t have the 9-5 or 8-6pm day to day commitment of a job which would make it difficult to fully perform the requirement and be flexible to perform the role well.  I pride myself on attendance and across all the ASX boards I’ve been on, I’ve never missed a meeting.

 

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation? Are you involved in the real estate industry?

 

 

No, not a party member, or resident group of organisation, I’m truly independent and not accepting donations. I am not involved in the real estate industry and have no connections to property developers.

 

7. How do you plan to engage with the North Sydney community should you be elected to Council?

Digital first but love face to face communications if people want to stop in the street, I have an email address and Facebook which has been really useful in getting feedback and being aware of issues and generally hearing from people. I don’t have all the answers and I love getting information and data to make my decisions and the best way to do that is via real and genuine feedback.

 

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the North Sydney local government election? 

Facebook search for “Spenceley for North Sydney”

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