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

For the Northern Beaches Council election, you will be asked to vote for Councillors based on which ward you live in. The Mayor is elected by the Council and not through the election process.

There are five Wards in Northern Beaches Council:

  • Curl Curl Ward
  • Frenchs Forest Ward
  • Manly Ward
  • Narrabeen Ward
  • Pittwater Ward

Not sure which ward you are in? Check the Ward Map here.

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.

CURL CURL WARD

Brandt Clifford

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

Brandt Clifford, Curl Curl Ward, Australian Labor Party

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I live and run a small business on the Northern Beaches, and volunteer with Surf Life Saving at Dee Why, Warriewood, North Curl Curl, and Manly.

My favourite places on the northern beaches include Allenby Park, the hidden oasis of Brookvale, that features waterfalls and is an amazing escape for native animals like black cockatoos as well as us residents.

North Head National Park features lookouts across Sydney, showing the size and scale of the larges metropolis in Australia while illustrating the peace and beauty of the Northern Beaches. It has dive sites, swimming and fishing spots, a connection to indigenous culture through Gayemagal stories and sites, a connection to immigration Australia through the Quarantine Station, our military and defence history with Army Barracks, Warm Memorial, and gun sites, and incredible native animals such as penguins, long-nosed bandicoots, and echidnas. It is truly a special part of Australia, not just the Northern Beaches.

I love Freshwater beach. It is a stunning bay between natural beauty, with a great surf break for the family, as well as the best ocean pool in New South Wales.

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

I feel a strong connection to the community, and feel this, along with my experience in design, healthcare, governance, and leadership will allow me to be a fair dinkum voice of our community on council. I want to build a strong and connected local community.

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

COVID-19 has shown we have a small amount of accessible and usable green space, and an ever-increasing population that want to use it. The largest issue facing our electorate is the need for healthy and accessible spaces, that allow for physical and mental wellbeing, and for environmental health. These green spaces must address the tree canopy that is lacking in

our urban areas to improve air and water quality, and provide vital access for everybody to the natural environment. This can create improved micro-climate temperatures, and provide enriched social and aesthetic aspects of our community. Playgrounds must have increased tree canopy to provide shade, create habitat for native animals, and improves gross motor development of our children. North Curl Curl has the worst tree canopy on the Northern Beaches with 19%, followed by Curl Curl and Queenscliff with 20%, and very closely next is Brookvale at 21%. All of the worst areas on the Beaches are within the Curl Curl Ward. We have limited shade, poor native habitat, and have created heat islands all around us. By simply matching our surrounding areas such as Allambie at 31% or even stretching to Frenches Forest at 44% we will see a localised improvement in surface temperatures of up to three degrees.

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

Having a small business, I have the ability to be flexible with my time, allowing me manage my team and my time as needed. This will allow the perfect balance of family, work, recreation, and council responsibilities.

I run a small consultant business that provides human engineering, systems design, safety, and engineering services to safety critical, high risk industries. This includes healthcare, public transport, workplaces, and the built environment. Our goal is to ensure safe and effective designs, enhanced operational performance and promote human and social wellbeing.

The skills I have developed in twenty years of working in this field will provide an advantage to the Northern Beaches Council, and assist in ensuring the complex systems of roads, planning, and the interactions we all have as people, will consider us as users and rate payers, and not the bureaucrats, big design architect companies, or large developers.

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 Australian Labor Party. I joined to fight for the fundamental principle of a fair go for everyone. That no one in our society should be held back, and that no one can ever be left behind. To promote equality, to involve the everyday people in the decision-making processes of our land, including council. We all have the ability to achieve if given the opportunity.

I am not a member of the real estate industry, nor a property developer.

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

Both in my profession and as a leader, I believe in people centred design and evidence-based decision making. I am not one to sit behind closed doors and make evaluations in isolation. I will engage through actively listening to people who live and breath life here on the Northern Beaches. Through community forums, through open dialog, through fair dinkum consultation, not websites and letter box drops and closed door outcomes.

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

You can email me – brandt@brandtforthebeaches.com.au should you wish to ask a detailed question. You can come and see me at a mobile office with Abby Harris and Brandon Hale in the community. You can follow me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/brandtforthebeachesCurlCurl send me a DM on Messenger, or follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laborforcurlcurl/ Join my mailing list from my website www.brandtforthebeaches.com.au

Kristyn Glanville

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

I’m Kristyn Glanville, the lead candidate for The Greens in Curl Curl Ward.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I moved to the Northern Beaches when I was in primary school, and fell in love with our beautiful beaches and wildlife. While I love many places on the Northern Beaches, some of my favourites include Freshwater Beach, Clareville Beach, and the walk around Long Reef Headland.

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

I am standing as a candidate in this election as I feel passionately about ensuring Council is delivering good outcomes for the community and environment. I would bring to this role both local knowledge from having lived in various parts of the Northern Beaches for over 20 years, as well as professional understanding from my career as an environment and planning lawyer. I have advised a range of clients on issues such as development, waste, biodiversity, and contamination, and have a well balanced understanding of the views and needs of differing stakeholders.

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

Two of the key issues for Northern Beaches Council I’d like to tackle are promoting sustainable development and environmental protection.

Sustainable development is a complex issue with many intersecting and often competing challenges. Unfortunately, some of the new development which has happened in our area has been “overdevelopment” in the sense of being out of scale with the surrounding area, inadequately supported by services such as transport and schools, and with poor standards of sustainability and architectural design. This has also had flow on effects for our natural environment, such as pollution from sub-par environmental controls during construction, and loss of established street trees, wildlife corridors, and bushland. Despite an increase in the number of new homes in our area, this has not had any meaningful impact on housing affordability. Now is a critical time for addressing some of these longstanding planning and environment issues and preventing new ones, as a new Local Environmental Plan for the Northern Beaches is being prepared which will shape development in our area for the next 15 years. My background as an environment and planning lawyer makes me perfectly suited to being involved in shaping a new Local Environment Plan that delivers a thriving and sustainable local area.

Development is not the only challenge for protecting our local environment. In some places, local nature is being ‘loved to death’ from issues like litter or unauthorised use, while other areas suffer from a lack of dedicated planning and resourcing to address problems like invasive species or coastal erosion. Council, for example, is behind in developing and resourcing new coastal management plans for coastal zones in the Curl Curl and Manly wards, despite new legislation having been in place since 2016 for this to take place. As a Greens councillor, I would push for proper planning and resourcing to protect our local beaches, bushland, lagoons, and urban trees.

I don’t pretend these are the only issues facing our local area. Three lockdowns has been very difficult for people’s mental health, our cohesion as a community, and the prosperity of most of our local small businesses. I don’t promise to have all the answers, but I do promise to listen and to try my best to take action.

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 studying full time a PhD in environmental regulation at UNSW as a Scientia Scholar. I primarily work to my own deadlines, which I can schedule around Council commitments.

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 as lead candidate for The Greens, as this reflects my values of environmental sustainability, social justice, and grassroots democracy. I am an active member of various local environmental groups, including the local branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Save Our Coast opposing the PEP11 petroleum project off Manly to Newcastle, and various other resident action groups including Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee. Through this I found that local residents care deeply about our local environment, and want to better understand how to protect nature and live more sustainably. I am not employed in the real estate industry.

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

I currently use Facebook, Instagram, and the Manly Greens mailing list to provide updates to the community about my campaign, and will continue to use these to engage with the community. As COVID restrictions continue to ease, I’d love to engage in person with local community groups, schools, and local small businesses to discuss their ideas and suggestions for creating a thriving and sustainable local area, and would love to schedule regular time to meet with these different groups if elected.

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

I am on Facebook @kristynglanville, Instagram @kristyn.greens, or people can sign up to receive updates on our website www.manlygreens.org.au.

Ben Grozier

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

Ben Grozier, Curl Curl Ward, Your Northern Beaches Independent Team

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I have lived on the Northern Beaches for 14 years and prior to that would frequently visit the Northern Beaches from where I grew up in Epping. The Dee Why – Long Reef stretch is my favourite part of the area. Whether it be a walk up the headland, a surf at the Point or a round at Long Reef, GC. I believe that we truly live in the best place on earth. Speaking of secrets, Manly Dam would be a ‘must visit’ spot in any global city. However here it remains a semi-secret. It shows how spoilt we are with natural wonders. Finally, I love Bungan Beach and the opportunity to feel a million miles away (and then you have to walk back up the driveway!)

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

I like to think of myself as one of the Northern Beaches best customers. Whether it be myself, my family or friends, we try to make the most of our natural environment. I am passionate about getting the most community benefit out of it whilst protecting it. A careful balance needs to be struck. I am also a former teacher who has spent over 20 years in small business and a tech start-up. As we emerge out of the pandemic I believe that a huge opportunity exists to drive business collaboration to new heights in ways where everyone will be lifted up. Finally, the mental health and wellbeing of our kids and adults is a topic very close to my heart.

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

The lockdowns of 2020/1 ‘forced’ us to stay in our own backyards. This drove a huge increase in use of public space and amenities. Many who might have walked to the beach once a week in between five return city commutes and kids sport on Saturday, are now working from home and walking to the beach, walking a dog, taking a bike ride 2,3 4 times as much. This is a good thing! It does however need careful management and an adjustment of policy, and I feel I can contribute striking a good balance in this new world order.

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 CEO of a technology company called ClassCover. Our software helps over 2500 schools and 90,000 teachers to manage the booking of casual teachers effortlessly. Our business has just turned 10 and we are purely an outcomes focussed business. That means, we set our goals and we achieve without the constraints of being fixated on a 9-5 existence. This liberates my time to engage with causes I am passionate about. I strongly encourage everyone else on the ClassCover team to take the same approach.

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

Your Northern Beaches Independent Team is my political party of choice because of that very word – choice. Every member of that team has a choice about how to vote – no one tells them what to do or how to think. That’s very important to me, that there is no block voting. I admin the Dee Why, 2099, Community Facebook page that has over 4k members. I am not involved in real estate.

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

I will do my very best to be an excellent listener by partaking in community groups and forums when invited. In the digital age, many of the most impassioned and engaged people are in social media groups. I will commit to being visible and accessible on and offline.

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

https://linktr.ee/bengrozier  www.yournorthernbeaches.com.au

 

Louise Hislop

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

Louise Hislop – Curl Curl ward – Your Northern Beaches Independent Team

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I am deeply connected to the people and places of the Northern Beaches – I live and breathe this place. My family has been living here continually for four generations. My great grandparents moved to Henry St Dee Why and my parents met at the big white church in Oaks Ave as teenagers and have told me lots of stories about how life used to be – in fact, I have fond memories of visiting my grandparents in Dee Why when the suburb was still full of lovely old beach cottages, like the ones all my extended family lived in.

Three places I love:

  • Curl Curl Beach is a really special beach and the rock pool at the south end of the beach holds a special place in my heart. I’ve swum many, many laps there and I love the little community of swimmers there too.
  • Brookvale Oval – I bleed maroon and white and have so many wonderful family memories of The Sea Eagles playing at Brookie over my lifetime. We are so lucky to have our local team still playing there and to have the centre for the use of the community too.
  • Narrabeen Lagoon – I grew up roaming the ancient bush around Narrabeen Lagoon with my brothers and school friends. Fishing and rowing in the lagoon was a favourite pastime of ours. I love the fact much of the bush is still there and the changes that council have made to make it more accessible, as well as the fact thousands of people now get to enjoy what we once had pretty much to ourselves.

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

I am standing for council because I want to keep the council strong and independent. Through Voices of Warringah, I have a proven ability to listen to, engage with and advocate for the community and actually get results. I bring a deep connection to the people and place I love, the Northern Beaches, and a lifetime experience of running a family business. As a passionate environmental volunteer with Curl Curl Lagoon Friends for almost 30 years, I have the experience to ensure council and environment groups are working together for the best outcomes. I will use my co-operative nature to work in collaboration with all people and every level of government in a positive way, as I believe there is no place for petty politics on council. I will spend my time listening to and empowering local people and businesses and will work hard to ensure our post-pandemic future improves the local economy, the arts, our environment, and our quality of life.

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

There are many important issues but I think at the crux of it is that many people have a feeling of disconnect from council and the decisions that they make – especially around development, and change.
Council have implemented leading consultation processes, but many people do not necessarily engage or are unaware of the consultation until something happens.
One of my goals once in council is to proactively connect with people in new ways. I didn’t have to wait though, as my suggestion of online listening events was embraced by the whole Your Northern Beaches Independent Team, including Mayor Michael Regan, and we have been running these suburb-based online events throughout the Northern Beaches during this campaign. I hope to do more listening and connecting once on council and will find new ways of engaging people, which is one of my strengths. The best solutions to issues come when the community is involved, and I’m here to listen!

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

After decades of running our family business, and then two years working as an electorate officer, assisting businesses and community members with a wide range of issues, all while bringing up three kids and volunteering for the community, my husband and I have downsized and simplified our life. These changes will enable me to have the time to focus on what I love best, if elected. That is, I will be engaging with the community, listening, and working hard to represent you on the issues that matter to all of us. I consider myself very fortunate be in this position. Giving back to the community is one of my core values in life and time is the biggest gift I have to give.

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 have been an active member of Curl Curl Lagoon Friends for nearly three decades, including times on the executive committee.
  • I co-founded Voices of Warringah.
  • I am a member of the Your Northern Beaches Independent Team. Although it was necessary to form a party to compete with the major parties, it is in our constitution that we can vote independently of each other, not along party lines. My independence is very important to me.
  • I am not, nor have ever been, involved in the real estate industry, neither has my family

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

Engaging the community is one of my strengths, having co-founded the Kitchen Table Conversation group, Voices of Warringah in 2018. I have a record of engaging with a disengaged community and advocating for their voices to be heard on the issues that matter to them – and achieving results.
If elected, I will not sit back and wait for people to come to me. I will engage in traditional and innovative ways that will include the widest variety of people. I will proactively seek the views of those in the community who may not have the resources, time or ability to engage in formal consultation and in ways that will ensure they are heard. The Your Northern Beaches Online Listening Events and the Kitchen Table Conversation model are examples of initiatives I have undertaken for the community.

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

You can follow Your Northern Beaches Team here: Your Northern Beaches Team | Linktree and me on Facebook and Instagram and here’s the team’s website with everything you need to know!

 

David Walton

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

My name is Councillor David Walton.  I have been a Councillor since 2017 in the Curl Curl Ward.  I am a member of the Liberal Party of NSW.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I live in Queenscliff, my three adult children have grown up and been schooled on the Northern Beaches and we have all been active members of Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club for over 20 years.  I am a former Police Commander of the Northern Beaches and was based at Dee Why Police Station.  I love all the suburbs from Queenscliff to Dee Why.

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

I am the only Curl Curl Ward Councillor re-standing for election in the Curl Curl Ward, representing Dee Why, Narraweena, Nth Curl Curl, Curl Curl, Brookvale, Freshwater, Nth Manly and Queenscliff.

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

I have 20 plus years’ experience on commercial and government Boards, I am a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Harvard Business School alumni.  I am focused on stopping the annual above inflation rate increases to ensure residents save money to spend on their families.  I will cut red tape and bureaucracy to help local businesses and local jobs.  I will stop the waste and ensure more of council’s budget is spent on footpaths, parks and sportsfeilds.

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

I am now a retired Police Officer, but I am a Board Member of the NSW State Archives and Records Authority, overseeing records management across the NSW Public Sector and $1.1Billion of records and artefacts dating back to First Fleet on behalf of the NSW community.  I am also a Sessional Academic with Charles Sturt University in the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security running the Financial Crime and Risk Management subject.

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 of NSW.  No to the other questions.

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

Over the last four years, I have answered thousands of phone call, emails from residents and met face to face often.  I will continue to be available to the community.

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

Facebook: Councillor David Walton or drop me an email for any help at david.walton@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

 

FRENCHS FOREST WARD

Sarah Baker

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

Hello everyone, my name is Sarah Baker and I’m running in the Frenchs Forest Ward (encompassing the suburbs of Frenchs Forest, Forestville, Davidson, Belrose, Beacon Hill, Killarney Heights, most of Allambie Heights and a small part of Manly Vale ) with the Your Northern Beaches Independent Team.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I moved from the UK to Australia and have been on the Northern Beaches for 16 years – and in Frenchs Forest for over 10 years. My children (now teens) were born and raised here. As someone who loves being out in nature hiking, I have found many hidden gems to explore. My favourite would have to be the Deep Creek Valley Trail and Slippery Dip Trail. My kids love the beaches and we are really spoilt for choice! We tend to go to Dee Why – mostly because of the close proximity to friends in the area and for the gelato! A new favourite of mine is the open air produce market in Belrose – it’s only been open for a couple of weeks but is already a buzz of activity and great food choices!

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

Over the last decade, I have watched on as many changes have taken place in our community – new State infrastructure with the Northern Beaches Hospital and the new under and overpass – as well as the many Council initiated improvements to our quality of life (inclusive playground at Lionel Watts, new skate parks and sporting fields, new library, Narrabeen Lagoon trail, resurfaced roads and footpaths….the list goes on) Over the next few years – the new Frenchs Forest Precinct and the Forest High relocation to Allambie will provide a critical and golden opportunity to shape our community further. I want to ensure that any future development deepens our sense of community connection and belonging – to each other and to our unique environment – and that the bustling villages continue to be the beating hearts of this community.

My strengths are compassionate, open and inclusive engagement with all members of the community as well as respectful, solution focussed relationships with other councillors across the Northern Beaches. My ability to confidently engage will help to achieve the best outcomes for our electorate when lobbying the State government.

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

One of our key challenges on the Northern Beaches is that there is not enough affordable housing – with rising house prices the way they are, we all acknowledge that many of our critical community members – nurses, teachers, shop workers, hairdressers – simply cannot afford to buy a home and raise their families here – they are being priced out of the market. The Northern Beaches Council is working hard to ensure that the % of affordable housing in new developments is high. I want to ensure that we keep that target as high as possible. With the population predicted to more than double in the next 20 years, we also need to ensure that new developments are appropriate for the area (ie. only where already urbanised and without sacrificing any more of our precious bushland)

With all the development proposed – particularly around the Frenchs Forest Precinct and new school zone in Allambie Heights, a key challenge will be to ensure that our needs are met as a community. I plan to engage with the community and community groups and get a really good feel for how we envisage using these spaces so that we can lobby the State government in an effective and productive way and create the spaces that work for us.

Another key issue that I’d like to address is reducing our emissions on the Northern Beaches. I would advocate for a review of council procurement processes so that all future contracts are assessed through a net zero lens and I would look at the role Council could play to ensure all newly approved developments on the beaches are set up to operate on renewably sourced power. I would also explore incentive schemes for businesses to convert to renewably sourced power.

One of our biggest challenges is also one of our greatest opportunities – getting to net zero as quickly as possible. We have the opportunity to not only play our part but to lead the way. The Northern Beaches Council is already 85% of the way towards its net zero pledge by 2045 thanks to switching to renewably sourced electricity for council buildings and street lighting. I would advocate for a more ambitious target so that we reach net zero sooner than that.

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

Following a successful corporate career in Healthcare Finance which saw me working in China and India as well as all over Australia, I decided to delve into the world of business ownership. After building my business up over a number of years and selling it several years later, I am in the incredibly fortunate position to be able to take some time out. Since I’ve had more free time, I’ve thrown myself into voluntary community work so that I can give back wherever I can – predominantly in relation to civil liberties, human rights and strengthening our democracy. I hope to use my available time to serve my community further.

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 Your Northern Beaches Independent Team which was set up as a means to support Independents wanting to represent their local communities. We are a coalition of Independents who share campaign resources, key values and we are supportive of each other but are in all other ways an Independent voice for our local communities. We are free to support and advocate for our community as we see fit. I am an executive member on the committee of NSW Council for Civil Liberties and a member of #OurDemocracy. I am also a supporter of the grassroots Voices of Mackellar community organisation as it encourages people across the political spectrum to share their voices in the community. I’d like to see more community participation and engagement at all levels of government.

I am not a property developer or real estate agent, however, I was the co-owner of a small property development company building homes in Queensland over 10 years ago. I still pay attention to the sector – mainly watching the sky rocketing prices and thinking how on earth will our children ever be able to afford to own a property anywhere on the Northern Beaches when they’re older!

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

I would engage in a number of ways – firstly, my email address and phone number are publicly available – and that was a decision I made to break down any barriers to people wishing to contact me. I have often had to jump through hoops and wait for 28 days for a response from some politicians which doesn’t really encourage community engagement! I would also make myself available for one-on-one conversations 2 days a week (happy to grab a coffee and have a chat) or by appointment on other days. In this age of social media – I would continue to engage with community groups on and off Facebook – keeping abreast of everything that’s going on, sharing information as soon as I have it and encouraging and gathering feedback via polls or comments. I would hold live monthly Town Halls which would give residents the opportunity to share their concerns or engage in a Q&A forum. If you have other ideas of ways that I could engage with you, please let me know.

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

You could follow me on Facebook (Sarah Baker – Your Northern Beaches Independent Team) or on Instagram (sarahbaker_ynbteam) or you could go to our website (www.yournorthernbeaches.com.au) and sign up for our newsletter.

Chris Burns

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

My name is Chris Burns and I’m running for the Greens in Frenchs Forest Ward.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I spent my early childhood in Killarney Heights when it was first developed and after living interstate and overseas came back to Sydney. For the last 25 years my wife and I have been in Forestville raising three sons. I love the Lyrebird Track at Carrol Creek, the birds at Dee Why Lagoon and the falls at Mc Carr’s Creek, especially when they’re flowing full throttle after heavy rain.

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

I’m standing for council because I believe we should be doing more to protect our environment. My career as a librarian has taught me the value of co-operative problem solving and listening. I think they’re good skills for a councillor to have.

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

The biggest issues facing Frenchs Forest are :

  • overdevelopment which we’ll address through the new Local Environment Plan and paying special attention to the proposed “new town centre ” at Forest High;
  • the loss of mature trees and bushland which we will address by creating a register of significant trees and notifying neighbours of tree removals and 
  • local traffic issues thatt are seriously affecting the amenity of the area which we will address by prioritising creating more active transport links and advocating for improved public transport.

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 semi-retired librarian working one day a week in at the State Library of NSW, so I’ll have plenty of time to focus on council matters.

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’ve been a member of the Greens since 2013. I am not involved in the real estate industry and have never owned an investment property.

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

I would like to provide regular opportunities for residents to discuss their issues with me and will attend (if invited) meetings of local community groups

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

People can stay up to date with our campaign here:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/GreensNorthernBeaches
and https://www.facebook.com/chrisburns.FrenchsForest2021/
WWW: https://greensoncouncil.org.au/chris-burns/

Roslyn Harrison

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

Roslyn Harrison, Frenchs Forest Ward, Your Northern Beaches Independent Team.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I have spent my whole life on the Northern beaches and I have served two terms on Council. I love the bushland around Frenchs Forest, my local village shopping centre at Forestville and North Curl Curl Beach as it holds many happy memories of my youth.

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

I am standing to ensure that we keep the politics out of local government. I bring knowledge and experience of council and I represent the community not a political agenda or party line.

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

The biggest issues are affordable housing and the environment. I will continue to advocate for both of these issues as I have done so for the past two terms on Council.

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

I am number four on the ticket so I can’t be elected but I am standing on the ticket because I believe in the team of people who are running for Your Northern Beaches in the Forest Area.

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 Your Northern Beaches Independent Team.

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

I will continue to support elected Councillors and the community behind the scenes even when not on Council. I understand how Council works so can use that knowledge to elevate issues and help connect the community with Council.

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

People can visit: yournorthernbeaches.com.au

David Lovell

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

David Lovell – Frenchs Forest ward – Liberal Party’

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I was born and raised on the Northern Beaches. I grew up in Terrey Hills, my wife and I bought our first home in Dee Why, and now live in Frenchs Forest with our young family. I love the uniqueness of the Northern Beaches, from our world-class beaches to the bushland that surrounds the Frenchs Forest ward, there is nowhere in the world better to live and raise a family.

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

I’m passionate about making sure Frenchs Forest and the Northern Beaches remain an incredible place to live for my children and future generations. To do this we need to do what we can to ease pressure on household budgets by fighting for lower rates and ending wasteful spending. With over 15 years of experience in the technology sector across Australia, Asia, and Europe I bring years of commercial experience to make sure the rate payers of the Northern Beaches are getting the best value for their rates.

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

The biggest issue facing the Frenchs Forest ward is the large-scale projects in the pipeline, with the greatest being the implementation of the Hospital Precinct plan and the relocation of Forest High School. Being able to relentlessly champion the needs of the Frenchs Forest ward while working with State and Federal MPs will be critical in the coming years.

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

During the day I work as the Marketing Director for a technology company. Outside of work I am a volunteer firefighter and serve on the board of Northern Beaches based charity StreetMission. Working across these roles has required diligent time management. This is a discipline that I will have to employ to manage my duties as a Councillor should I 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 a member of the Liberal Party, and have no connection to residential action groups, nor am I in the real estate industry.

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

Organisations like sporting clubs, schools, volunteer organisations, small businesses, and resident groups are the foundation of our community and are where I will engage with the local community. I think it’s important to listen to the community, I plan to take every opportunity presented to hear the views of the local community.

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

The best place to learn more about our team and what we stand for is to visit  https://www.beachesliberals.com.au/frenchs-forest

Jose Menano-Pires

 

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

Jose Menano-Pires running in the Frenchs Forest Ward with the Your Northern Beaches Independent Team.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

Me and my wife have lived in Frenchs Forest for 38 years. We raised our family locally and are now proud grandparents of a 3 year old.

Favourite places:

  1. 1Garigal National Park, especially the track from Roseville Bridge to Bantry Bay, passing by the former armoury.
  2. West Head, Pittwater / Broken Bay, unsurpassed views.
  3. North Head, Manly.

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

Following my term as Warringah Councillor and Deputy Mayor, I feel I still have a lot to offer our Community.

My corporate, small business and Local Government experience will be very useful in the Northern Beaches Council.

My main ideal is to help achieve true integration of the former LGAs, into a solid and proud Northern Beaches Council.

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

The current main issue is, no doubt, to help our Community in general, and our business community in particular to recover from the Covid pandemic.

We need to pay special attention to young people in this recovery phase.

Re-current issues are appropriate development (including a mixture of different types of housing to allow older people to remain in the area and young people to move in), infrastructure, and effective financial management to ensure that Council is in a financial position to provide our residents with the services they desire.

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

Following 20 plus years of a corporate multinational career, I’m currently a partner in a IT Consultancy company, specialising in the data base / data management area.

I subscribe to the old executive saying that “if you want a task done, delegate it to a busy person!”.

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’m a member of the YNB Independent Team. A member of the Frenchs Forest (South) Action Group and NOT involved in the real estate industry.

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

Provided you are willing, as a Councillor it’s very easy to engage with the Community, either “in-person” or on-line.

The main thing is to be available, to take phone calls, answer emails, attend events etc.

Never before has the community the current capabilities to contact their representatives. It’s critical that we as representatives are available to the community.

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

The Your Northern Beaches Independent Team website: www.YourNorthernBeaches.com.au

Michael Regan

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

Michael Regan – Frenchs Forest Ward – Your Northern Beaches Independent Team

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I have been coming to the area since I was a boy. I was then lucky enough to move here, buy a house and start a family. I “accidentally” became the Independent Mayor of Warringah in 2008, and was then re-elected in 2012. When the three Councils merged in 2016, I was humbled to then be elected as the Mayor of the very fiirst Northern Beaches Council. As for the 3 places I love in our area, its honestly way too difficult to say. I know, typical Politician, but think about it. I love DY beach. So many great memories there with my kids growing up there. But how good is Freshy where I got married, Clontarf where we had our reception or Palmy with the light house not too far away to walk up to. Narrabeen Lagoon trail, Newport Beach and Narrabeen Beach where I came as a boy and learnt to body surf or play cricket on the sand. And then the Forest where I first moved to. The spectacular bushwalks. The people. The Northern Beaches is the World’s best kept secret. 3 is just not possible I am afraid. Haven’t even mentioned Manly Dam or …. seriously, how lucky are we to call this place home?

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

The new Council is now finding its feet and doing its job of reinvesting the significant savings back into rebuilding infrastructure, paying down the debts of the former Councils and increasing service levels more generally. The time is right to look ahead for the next 10+ years. Further, the State Government has approved a massive town centre around Frenchs Forest, a new High school at Allambie to replace Forest High and a flood proofing project of the Wakehurst Parkway. These are potential challenges but also significant opportunities for our community. Being independent and with the positive relationships I have with all in Government, I want to ensure that we maximise our opportunities with the State in particular for the betterment of our Community. You simply cannot do that if you are part of the big party machines. We get one chance. Apart from that, we have to tackle affordable housing and continue building capacity in our open space and keep on protecting and enhancing our natural environment.

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

It is what the community don’t see coming. We have some major State Significant projects coming our way – particularly in the Forest area. We are slowly growing in population. Post Covid, what does that look like? More people at home working? Open space is already at a premium. Housing affordability is out of reach for most. Roads are frequently at capacity. I will continue to work with our State and Federal leaders to deliver on their promises of infrastructure ahead of growth. Right now, Infrastructure Australia has said they will prioritise significant game changing works along the Seaforth – Mona Vale corridor. The B2 bus connection between Dee Why and Chatswood is here and ready to grow as capacity builds. The bus fleet is being electrified as we speak and what about the opportunity that is making Brookvale a world class destination with its brewery and art scene? There is so much ahead for us. We just need a solid Independent Council with a positive vision to make this happen.

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

My job has been full time as Mayor from Day 1. It can be up to 90 hours a week to be fair with the various committee meetings, Council briefings and of course the great community events and functions I am invited to. I’m not complaining at all as you learn everyday something new about your community and see and meet some amazing people doing amazing things for us. I love and have been humbled to be able to be the Mayor and to drive the positive changes within Council and our 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?

I am a founder “Your Northern Beaches Independent Team” – which I guess you could describe as a “Coalition of Independents” on the Northern Beaches. We are a group of locals that became a registered party because the rules say you have to if you want your name above the line on the ballot paper. So to take on the major parties and to keep the local in Local Government, that’s what we did. We made sure our constitution says we do not block vote. We work together collaboratively, with our broad local community and our staff and if anyone takes a look at the voting records, history shows most decisions are unanimous on Council and when not, it is mostly a clear majority and a mix of councillors from all backgrounds and persuasions. We just use our name and pool our resources to take on the major parties who I believe have no place in Local Government. We work with, not against whoever is in Government for our community’s ultimate benefit. I’m not an official member of any action groups or progress associations but as Mayor, I’m lucky enough to be in touch with them all. And no, I am not involved in the real estate industry – except as a tenant!

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

When I started in 2008, there was a daily local newspaper on our doorstep every morning. Now we have multiple monthly publications, some very local, some across the entire LGA. We have Social media now and the platforms keep evolving. And we still have email and the Postman. It is tricky and we continue to trial and error and work with our community to make sure we evolve and move with them. During COVID – it was especially important to keep in touch with the community and we used various platforms and methods to that. But yes, it is harder now than it ever has been. That is just the simple facts. But I have an open door policy and I like to think I make myself available – just ask my wife. I’m up all hours answering emails or responding to social media queries, early morning coffee meetings. It’s important that I’m constantly listening.

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

Keep your eyes open on the letterbox for one of our Orange Flyers. Say hello to us in the street if you see one of us in our Bright Orange Shirts with our logo or join our newsletter and or join us on our social platforms.
www.yournorthernbeaches.com.au
www.facebook.com/YourNorthernBeaches
insta #ynbteam

 

Chris Sharpe

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

Chris Sharpe – Forest Ward – Independent

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.
I have lived and worked on the Northern Beaches nearly all my life, and all my schooling and junior sports was conducted locally as well. My favourite places within our LGA are: Dee Why Beach precinct, Narrabeen Lakes and Manly Dam.

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

I’m standing as there is to be so much development and construction within my ward which needs to be carefully managed along with diligent community engagement about the future traffic impacts. I have a Bachelor of Business and an MBA along with over 30 years of commercial and managerial experience which is what I will bring to the future council.

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

Sustainability of council services, protection of local environments, careful management, and oversight of all major infrastructure projects. To achieve this will be my ability to work collaboratively with both council staff and other councillors. I don’t believe in bloc voting blindly and prefer the use of a consensus and respectful approach to gain support from others.

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

Currently a self-funded retiree so I have plenty of time to dedicate to 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?

Member of the ALP and not involved in the real estate industry in any way.

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

Face to face as much as possible and by electronic means like email and/or social media.

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

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chrissharpe4forestward – Instragram –
chrissharpe4forestward

Stuart Sprott

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

Stuart Sprott, Frenchs Forest Ward, Liberal.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I was born in Mona Vale Hospital and have lived in Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches my whole life. The three places I love, Frenchs Forest, Frenchs Forest and Frenchs Forest.

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

I first ran for Council because I was concern about the lack of open space that was being proposed in the new town centre. I campaigned and lobbied and have now achieved 15000 sqm of open space for the community to enjoy added to the town centre proposal. I also fought to have the forest put back in Frenchs Forest and campaigned about the importance of retaining trees and tree canopy which is what makes Frenchs Forest such an amazing place to live.

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

The biggest issues facing my electorate of Frenchs Forest is making sure the the new town centre is a quality sustainable build with net zero buildings that we will have for the next 100 years. I also want to see the inclusion of the correct infrastructure to be built so we are not trying to add it later. As for the electorate as a whole, I see our biggest problem is over-development and protecting our fragile environment from it. I see climate change as a real issue and we must act on this quickly in a financially sustainable way.

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

I am self-employed and having already been elected in the previous term as a Councillor so I know how much work is involved.

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 do attend community groups on a regular basis as that is part of being a Councillor. I have no ties to the real estate industry

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

As previously mentioned I attend many community groups and currently sit on 6 strategic reference groups and community groups engaging with the community through Council.

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

Through my facebook page Councillor Stuart Sprott at Northern Beaches Council or the www.beachesliberals.com.au website

MANLY WARD

 

Candy Bingham

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

Candy Bingham, Manly
Manly Ward
Lead candidate for the independent Good for Manly Team.
Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement
Long-standing Councillor & Deputy Mayor. Served on 10 Council committees and active in numerous Cuncil committees and community groups. Successful small business operator for 30 years specialising in marketing and public relations.

Running Mates:

Scott Porter, Balgowlah Heights
Technology and Small Business
An experienced executive in digital & technology sectors including senior management at Microsoft both here and overseas. A passionate cyclist and volunteer on a number of community organisations.

Sonia Walsh, Seaforth
Management and Finance
More than 20 years of management consulting experience including with PWC. A mum of two, who is active in local school, football & surf lifesaving committees and charities.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

As a third-generation Manlyite I grew up in Manly and Balgowlah Heights. I’m passionate about our wonderful area have served on Council for 8 years, three as Deputy Mayor, working on a large number of council & community committees including chairing the Save The Manly Ferries Alliance. My three favourite places are:

  • Cabbage tree bay (near Shelley Beach)
  • Manly Dam
  • Manly to Spit Walk

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

COVID has shown us the importance of community and I want to bring back the vibe to our local villages as well as Manly’s CBD.

One of my key initiatives is to transform Manly Town Hall into a Performing Arts Centre with multi-use spaces for theatre, concerts, exhibitions, comedy as well as a cinema. I am chairing a community committee and we have developed plans to show how this can be done. There is a lot of support for the idea which will bring back entertainment to the heart of Manly.

The protection of Cabbage Tree Bay (Shelly Beach) is also high on my list. Banning boats anchoring in the area must be done to not only protect the seagrasses but also the thousands of people who now swim from Manly to Shelly daily.

And finally to focus on the basics. Maintaining a high level of services including sporting and playground infrastructure, upgrades to our playgrounds, cycleways and parks … and more footpaths!

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

Climate change will continue to affect our day to day lives on the Northern Beaches with storms, flooding and bushfires a real threat and cost to our Council & community. Working towards Net Zero by 2030 is very doable by Council. Rolling out electric charging stations, uptake of solar panels, using renewable energy in all our buildings and education programs.

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

I’m retired from running my own public relations and marketing firm for 30 years so have the time to dedicate to the role of councilor.

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

We are a group of Independents running under the banner of Good for Manly and are not involved in the real estate industry.

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

We stand for open, transparent and accountable administration. We will engage in genuine public consultation and will be active in our representation for the Manly Ward within the bigger council.

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

Web – www.goodformanly.com.au
FB – www.facebook.com/goodformanly/
IG – www.instagram.com/good_for_manly/

James Brodie

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

James Brodie, Manly Ward. I am running as an Independent

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I have been coming to Manly since I was born, as my grandma bought a house in the area in 1971. I moved to Manly in 2007 after finishing school and have loved the place ever since. You can’t go past Little Manly, North Head and Queenscliff beach as my favourite spots.

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

I believe it’s time for change and about time the community saw a younger crowd involved in the Council that have a closer connection with our considerable younger community and understand the pressures they are under, especially as this has been exacerbated with Covid.

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

I feel like small business isn’t given transparency around how their hard-earned dollars are spent by the Council. I believe the Corso needs to be revitalised with a vibrant feel that draws people there and supports our hard-working local businesses. I feel the many locals involved in community sport need to be supported for the many thousands of hours they put back into their community, and to assist in growing participation numbers and making it more affordable and accessible for kids in particular that miss out due to financial pressures in the home.

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

I own and operate a gym located on the Northern Beaches. I am in a position where I can dedicate time to projects I am passionate about (especially the environment) during the day outside of our busy times and I look forward to giving my time and energy to the community by being elected, much the same way I do through my sponsorship and support of a number of local community charities and frontline organisations.

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 an Independent candidate for Manly Ward.

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

I am already heavily involved in community sport through our gym. I am also heavily engaged with local charities in providing financial support and my time.  I will continue to listen to people, understand their needs, and fight on the community’s behalf.

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

Jump onto @manly_1st on Instagram and search for us on Facebook as Manly 1st.

Pamela Dawes

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

I’m Pamela Dawes, the lead candidate for The Greens in Manly Ward.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I grew up in Seaforth for 20 years and my 3 kids called Manly home for 20 years, so my connections to the Northern Beaches and it’s adjacent bushland are very strong. My favourite places are Shelly Beach, North Head and Manly Dam.

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

I am standing as a candidate: to protect the local Northern Beaches environment and biodiversity from destruction and overdevelopment, increase planting of endemic trees in urban areas to reduce heat, reduce pollution and waste, support the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and always act for the community’s best interests for health and wellbeing.
As a Medical Photographer, Carer, scout leader and netball coach, I bring understanding of health, youth and elderly challenges and as an environmentalist and local bush regenerator I have a deep knowledge of local bushland and urban areas and will work to improve the liveability of the Northern Beaches.

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 integrating the population growth, which state government is imposing on us, with sustainable building design and density location which will support this increasing population with public transport, sport, entertainment, music and nature connections. Reducing carbon emissions and pollution, saving water and power, increasing water retention and re-use, dealing with climate change implications and housing affordability are all issues which we face as we strive to achieve Net Zero emissions, preferably before 2035.

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

I have just retired but work as a volunteer, so will easily handle the extra responsibilities being a councillor would bring.

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 Greens, Climate Council, Urban Bushland and Waterways, Australian Conservation Foundation, and Wilderness Society. I am not involved in the Real Estate industry.

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

I plan to engage with local community groups and school P&C where possible.

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

I have a Facebook page; ‘Pamela Dawes- Candidate For Manly’, or people can sign up to receive updates on our website www.manlygreens.org.au.

Sarah Grattan

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

Cr Sarah Grattan; Group B, Manly Ward; Your Northern Beaches Independent Team (YNBIT)

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I have lived on the Northern Beaches since the 1990s and I am raising my three teenage girls here. I love the beautiful and secret beaches and bushland along the Spit to Manly walk; the fabulous variety of restaurants in Manly and surrounds; the serenity of Manly Dam.

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

Firstly, I strongly believe in grassroots democracy, independent of major political parties. Our local government should put the community first, rather than interests dictated by Macquarie St or Canberra. I have a strong track record in advocacy on behalf of the community at the local level – be it bus route changes, the Beaches Link tunnel or local infrastructure. I recently assisted HSC students to success in delivering the “study and friendship bubble” for all students of NSW

Secondly, I am a qualified Director and bring my professional experience in finance, risk, governance and strategy to the oversight of this $5Bn Council. I can provide comfort to community members as to appropriate oversight of rate payer’s funds, strong financial management, accountability and transparency of decisions.

Third, I have spent 4 years on Council helping to the develop key strategies for build our community for the future. I want to now work on seeing their implementation – be it the Transport Strategy, Environment Strategy, Community Strategy or Arts & Creativity Strategy to successfully implement the great opportunities within our reach.

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

i) Protecting our harbour, coastal and bushland environment from inappropriate development. The new Local Environmental Plan is a key focus on the next Council term in addition to building out the NBC’s Resilience Strategy that includes mitigating against climate change. Net zero emissions of Council by 2030 – we are well on the way with 100% renewable energy and increasing access to electric vehicle infrastructure.

ii) Traffic, transport and parking issues continue to be a major frustration point for the community. I have chaired Council’s Transport & Travel Strategic Reference Group and will continue to work hard to deliver active transport networks; reductions in congestion & parking stresses; improvements in safety and quality of our local roads.

iii) Our Local Economy and businesses need to recover from the pandemic. The Manly town centre has particularly suffered from loss of tourism. I will implement a thriving civic precinct for central Manly, providing a community hub centred on an expanded, modern library together with the town hall for creative or performing arts. This will support an ‘all day’ economy rather than one bookended by ferry commutes.

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 Chief Operating Officer of UNICEF Australia. I have managed this full time job together with Council responsibilities including meetings, briefings and committees which are mostly out of hours. I make time during the week if required to meet with the community members, but I do rely heavily on email and social media to keep on top of community issues. Unfortunately, the Councillors’ allowance is token such that a full-time job is still required when you face the costs of raising a family!

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 part of the Your Northern Beaches Independent Team, which is only a party so that we can secure an above the line spot on the ballot paper. We are a bunch of individuals that work together for our communities. We don’t always agree, but we are quite like minded on many issues – including how fantastic it is to live on the Northern Beaches and our desire to ‘give back’ and safeguard our local community for our kids’ futures. No real-estate involvement here!

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

I am connected with local precinct groups in Manly Ward, and in 2017 created a “Manly Executive Forum” for representatives of these groups to meet with Ward Councillors and the Council CEO once a quarter. This has been a very effective forum that has provided direct access for community groups to the council. Many of your readers will also be familiar with my active presence in local community facebook groups – and email works well as I can respond and get answers for those with questions. I enjoy consulting with and supporting our community.

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

You can find me on https://www.facebook.com/crsarah.grattan.7 or Instagram crsarahgrattan and there are lots of details about myself and running mates on our website: https://www.yournorthernbeaches.com.au/manly-ward. Also look out for a flyer in your letterbox … I’ve been wearing out the shoe leather.

Chris Jackson

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

  • Chris Jackson
  • Your Northern Beaches Independent Team
  • Manly Ward

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

Our life on the Northern Beaches began almost twenty years ago when my Wife and I moved to Manly.

Three places in the LGA I love:

  1. Manly Beach
  2. Grotto Point
  3. North Head

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

I’m running for Council to help support the community I love. As a former soldier I advocate for a healthy lifestyle and its benefits for physical and mental wellbeing. I was also a professional musician for more than twenty years and I am a strong supporter of live music and the arts.

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

There are multiple issues facing Manly Ward.

  • Threats to cut some public bus services were averted by resident’s action and the intervention of Council lead by Councillor Sarah Grattan. There is also the ongoing issue of the Manly Ferry. These are State issues but through good relations with State members of Parliament solutions can and must be found particularly for local businesses.
  • Development must be appropriate, sustainable and new developments should be carbon neutral. Council has already stated its goal of carbon neutrality and with LEP/DCP set to be implemented appropriate and sustainable development will become the norm.
  • Now the $66 million debt left by the previous council has been paid down to $9 million, thanks in a large part to the efforts of Councillor Sarah Grattan, work can continue on upgrading and building infrastructure that had become dilapidated.

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 bus driver at Forest Coach Lines in Terrey Hills. In my experience management has been very supportive of my endeavours outside of 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 a member of Your Northern Beaches Independent Team.

I am not a member of a residents action group.

I am not a real estate agent nor am I a property developer.

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

I plan to connect with communities via social media, email, telephone and face to face meetings.

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

People can contact me here: chrisjackson.manly@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100070755098056

John Kelly

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

John Kelly, Manly Ward, Independent.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I have lived on the Beaches for nearly 40 years, the last 26 years in Manly Vale. I have raised my family here, coached rugby with Manly Roo’s, Vikings, and the Marlins, been a volunteer lifesaver and Nipper manager atNorth Steyne Surf Club, and currently am the Executive Director of Community Northern Beaches, and prior to that the Diocesan Executive Officer for St Vincent de Paul Broken Bay.

As a Manly Vale resident I love Manly Dam for the many activities you can do, the Queenscliff to Shelly walk and coffee reward afterwards, and Manly Oval during rugby season.

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

I bring over twenty years work experience in the charity sector supporting and fighting for our community, as well as fourteen years in local government. I have volunteered extensively for many years in the community. I see a real need for Council to focus more on the day-to-day challenges that our residents face and provide solutions to these problems. This can be financial stress on families, mental health, drugs and alcohol, youth suicide, disability, homelessness, housing unaffordability, safety, our environment. These are real issues that can be tackled at the local level and impact on so many of us. And it doesn’t take a bucketload of money to be thrown at it, but it does need the understanding of how to effect change which the current Council lacks.

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

I have listed the biggest issues I believe face our community above. They can be addressed by implementing policies that support our local community organisations; sporting, cultural, service clubs, businesses, frontline service organisations, etc. Reducing Council charges on sporting field users and providing them with better facilities for players, volunteers and supporters of all ages, slashing costs to businesses and reducing unnecessary red tape, using Council’s expertise and media coverage to support volunteer based organisations attract new members and highlight their work, support frontline service organisations financially and by facilitating Community Hubs in Council buildings under the leadership of community organisations, that provide a wide-range of services for the community to easily access for support (e.g. legal aid, Centrelink, AOD, mental health, disability). These are practical and easily implemented solutions that require the will, determination, and cooperation of Council to succeed.

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 Executive Director of Community Northern Beaches. We provide services and programs for the homeless, victims of DV, migrants and refugees, families, children and youth, and volunteer services. It is busy but I have fourteen years prior experience working in local government, especially working with the elected representatives, so I feel I have a head start in understanding the processes and machinery of Council. My children are grown up, and I have a very supportive and understanding wife who knows my motivation for standing for 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?

I am an independent candidate with a considerable track record of community involvement.

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

By being available and listening to the community.

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

We can be found on @manly_1st on Instagram and Manly 1st on Facebook

 

Maryanne Novakovic

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

Maryann Novakovic, Manly Ward, Totally Independent Vote 1 BOX D above the line.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

As a child every weekend and holidays were spent in Manly. As soon as we saw the Man on the Tyre, we knew we were back in Paradise. A resident since 1987, my husband and I raised our family in Manly with our kids going to local schools, I worked at Manly Council in a number of roles for 11 years.
Love all of Manly, but favourites for a walk and swim are Delwood, Shelley and Collins.

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

WE need to make Manly 1st in all decisions of Council, something we have lost since amalgamation. We pay higher rates, with less services and support. Everyday living for Manly ward residents is less enjoyable due to Council’s neglect of our needs. Parking, ranger services, infrastructure planning all need urgent attention. I won’t stop fighting for what is right for Manly Ward!

I bring 40 years of local, state government senior management expertise, including 11 years at Manly Council in open space planning of sporting fields, playgrounds, cycleways, tourism and cultural planning.

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

We need good management of Manly as one of the world’s top tourists’ destinations, we need to balance the needs of both local and international tourism while maintaining the enjoyability of living in the most beautiful place on earth. We need to have parking, feel safe, protect our environment and be proactive not reactive to local activities such as the The Office, and other major crowd points around Manly.

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

Recently retired as the Grant Writer for an NGO I will devote all my time and energy to my duties as a Manly Ward 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 and No

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

Throughout my long career my skills for consultation and engagement have stood me apart from other Council and State government managers, I listen and develop projects and policy that actually improve the community. I will be available via mobile, email and meetings.

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

Please go to Facebook Manly 1st or @manly_1st on Instagram

Sam Pigram

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

  • Name – Sam Pigram
  • Party name – Labor
  • Ward – Manly

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I was raised on the Central Coast, but I am a lifelong Sea Eagles fan and have always enjoyed visiting the Northern Beaches from a young age. When I returned from overseas there was only one place I considered living, and that was Manly. My youngest son was born in the Northern Beaches hospital and now I find myself running for Council, so I definitely feel a strong connection to the area. My 3 favourite places are Sydney Harbour National Park, Manly Dam and Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

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

I am standing to give the community an option other than the status quo. I want to highlight some important issues facing our community and this platform gives me the chance. I bring a younger and more progressive attitude to the table. My problem-solving skills and diversity of working environments have put me in good stead for assisting our community of Manly ward & the Northern Beaches in general.

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

The environmental and financial impact of the Beaches Link tunnel is the biggest issue we face as a community. If elected to council I would advocate for Council to oppose the project in every way possible. I would use my platform, as a Councillor, and that of the state opposition to educate the community on the impacts of the project and to pressure the state government to stop the project.

Climate Change is an issue all communities are facing. I will protect and improve our natural environment by taking strong actions on climate change by improving our urban tree canopy and assisting residents and businesses to transition from fossil fuels. This would be achieved by expanding Councils “Charge Ahead” program to include the full electrification of households and businesses and the removal of gas. Council should mandate that future residential developments have a strong focus on environmental sustainability and smart technology, including compulsory rooftop solar panels and the banning of gas appliances.

Many shops have closed their doors due to COVID, yet the council has increased rates and waste charges by $8.8 million in 2020/21.If elected to council I would support temporary ratepayer subsidies that cover all rate and waste charge increases since 2020. A mechanism would also be included to ensure that lessees received part of the benefit and not just the landlords.

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 Chemical Engineer by trade and my current role is the Technical and Operations Manager for a junior lithium mining company. Thanks to having children I have learnt how to function without much sleep! I also have the support of many people behind me willing to provide assistance and guidance where or when needed.

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

Member of the NSW Labor party. I am not involved in the real estate industry.

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

Engagement works best face-to-face, and I will certainly be interacting with the local community groups, attending their meetings, and listening to their concerns. Being a bit younger than most candidates I will also be engaging the community via social media. I am cognisant that no one person has all the solutions, and the best ones tend to come from the community.

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

www.facebook.com/samforlabormanly
samforlabormanly@gmail.com

 

Georgia Ryburn

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

Georgia Ryburn, Manly Ward – Group A, representing the Liberal Party.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

My great-grandfather purchased a house in bushland Balgowlah in 1940 – our family has called it home ever since. Both my parents attended primary and high school on the Beaches, as I did, attending Balgowlah Heights Primary then St. Luke’s Grammar. Whether it be (attempting) surfing at Freshie, riding bikes around Dobbie, picnics at North Head or summer BBQs at Clonny – the beaches are home.

  • The many excellent cafe and hospitality venues in Manly – you can’t go past breakfast in Market Place, lunch on Manly beachfront, or sunset drinks on the wharf.
  • The Spit to Manly walk – nothing better than our gorgeous bushtracks, nature, Indigenous history and stunning beaches followed by a big feed in Manly!
  • Snorkeling at Shelly. All our beaches are world-class, but I have a particular soft spot for the gropers at Shelly.

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

I am fighting for lower rates, better services and stopping the waste. I am fighting for better value for your money on Council.
I’m a fourth-generation local who deeply cares about the Northern Beaches, our environment and our communities. I will bring a new and energised voice to Council.

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

I want to support businesses and communities bounce back from the impacts of COVID. In particular, I want to revitalise Manly and turbocharge the Corso into a thriving, modern retail and hospitality CBD – cutting red tape and outdoor dining fees, and boosting tourism into the area. This includes fighting for lower rates – for businesses and residents – and getting more value from Council.

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 Senior Manager at a professional services, management consulting firm in the city. As of November, I am on maternity leave expecting my first child… I’ve always said if you want something done, give it to the busiest person. If elected, I’m looking forward to using my year “off” to engage community groups, focus on council matters, and joining local mum’s and parents’ groups.

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 of Australia. I am not involved in the real estate industry.

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

  1. Social media – we’ve seen through COVID how effective local facebook bulletin pages and Instagram accounts have been to communicate with one another
  2. Through active engagement of businesses and participation with local community groups and meetings
  3. Open door policy – email, phone, meetups… I believe Councillors should know their community and have a variety of modes and ways of starting a conversation.

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

www.faInstagram @georgia.ryburn
FB @beachesliberals
Website beachesliberals.com.au
cebook.com/samforlabormanly

 

NARRABEEN WARD

 

Matt Adderton

northern beaches local government election

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

Your name: Matt Adderton
Ward: Narrabeen Ward
Party: Your Northern Beaches Independent Team

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I have lived on the Northern Beaches for over 23 years with my wife Sam. Together we raised our two boys Josh and Liam in the best place in the world. We have met some amazing people/friends along the way through schools, coaching and playing sports, surfing and my local business that has been running for over 15 years.

  • Being in the surf at Long Reef, Narrabeen or Warriewood with mates or my sons.
  • Any Football field on the Northern Beaches (home ground St Matts)
  • Walking around Long Reef headland

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

I have a belief that local decisions should be made by local people. It’s vital that our elected officials have the Northern Beaches best interest at the heart on all decisions and not their personal career path or big party politics.

I will bring a different viewpoint, understanding, and simple non-political point of view to the way the council currently operates and makes decisions. My family and I love the Northern Beaches. I would like to simplify and improve the way the council communicates and seeks consultation with residents so they feel more involved and part of the decision-making.

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

After many hours and kilometres letterbox dropping and chatting to locals in their front yards across the Narrabeen Ward, residents want to ensure the NBC Council delivers and continues to improve the services in all areas not just the beach side suburbs. Including appropriate development, local roads and footpaths, maintaining and investing in parks and playing fields, local environmental issues and waste disposal.

Support Small Businesses to maintain and grow jobs, services, and investment in the Northern beaches LGA.

Improve Mental Health services and help build resilience for all ages from youth right through to our senior residents.

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

I currently run my own Promotional Marketing business from home in Cromer. Before committing to run as a candidate, I spoke with a couple of Councillors about what the workload was liked and the time required which I considered and can came to the conclusion I do have the capacity to be 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?

I am a member of the YNBIT, I am on the NBC Economic and Smart Community SRG and have been Volunteering for MWP Care for the past 6 years. I have now joined the MWP Care Board. No, I am not involved with the real estate industry.

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

Feedback from the community so far during my campaign is that politicians and Councillors are only seen or speak with the community whenever there is an election coming up. I plan to continue engaging with the community on a regular basis via regular online forums and in person townhalls.

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

People can follow my campaign at the below social pages:

https://www.facebook.com/YNBITNarrabeenWard
https://www.instagram.com/ynbitnarrabeenward/

Tammy Cook

northern beaches local government election

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

Tammy Cook, Narrabeen Ward – Independent – Group E

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I grew up in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, and met and married my husband in 2000, I moved into his unit in Collaroy and have lived here ever since. We had our kids and moved to our home in Cromer and have loved it ever since! We have the best neighbours and we usually have street celebrations for Anzac Day and Australia Day. We also did street trivia every 2nd Sunday during lockdown to prevent boredom. My favourite places on the NB are: Narrabeen Beach Surf Life Saving Club – we spend ALOT of our time here, and focussing on our youth membership growth has been so rewarding! Bilgola rock pool is my favourite out of all 15 of them (yes I have swum laps in every one of them) and Narrabeen Lake walking track, how lucky we are to have such fantastic facilities here on the Northern Beaches.

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

I am passionately involved with youth, mental health and wellness, surf life-saving and community sport. I have qualifications in business, am a mother and have extensive experience in the corporate world as well as over 20 years service to the community through an array of sporting and community organisations, particularly Narrabeen Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches, Cromer Cricket Club, Dee Why Lions Club and Cromer Netball Club. My qualifications and experience will help bring back Council to become focussed on the community and efficient management. A full time working Mum of local teenagers, Business qualifications , with extensive experience in the corporate world, along with over 20 years service to the community through an array of sporting and community organisations, particularly Narrabeen Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches, Cromer Cricket Club, Dee Why Lions Club, Cromer Netball Club and Collaroy Plateau Netball Club. My qualifications and experience will help bring Council back to its core basic function of delivering for the community, and efficient management.

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

 It is essential that Council focusses its  attention on supporting local businesses, sporting and community organisations, to get back on their feet after the significant impacts experienced during Covid. Cutting of red tape, improved funding support, governance and innovation is essential by Council, to facilitate re-activation in our community to ensure business and organisations serving our community can succeed.  A fresh approach on Council is needed – it is time for a change.  Northern Beaches Council has been governed by Michael Regan and his Your Northern Beaches Party for over four years and he and his Party governed Warringah Council from 2008 to 2016.  Over this long-time rates and fees have gone up every year and rate-payers’ money wasted on seemingly unnecessary  projects.  Changing culture so that rate-payers money is no longer wasted and spent on more capital works and services instead of exorbitant salaries for unnecessary positions and management layers, and projects the community does not want will be my major priority.

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

Sub contracts manager in the defence industry.  As a busy mother and community leader I am use to juggling events.  I love the saying, “if you want something done, get a busy person to do it”.

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 a member of any political party and as an Independent in Group E in the Narrabeen Ward free to speak and vote how I like.  Our group is the only group of Independents in the Ward not members of a political party.  I am not involved win the real estate industry.

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

I am an experienced communicator and listener, I talk “with” people, not at them.  I will engage via social media, phone, email and in person.

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

My bio and The True Independents – Group E – can be followed at https://www.facebook.com/crvincentdelucaoam

Bianca Crvelin

northern beaches local government election

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

Bianca Crvelin, Narrabeen Ward, running on behalf of the Liberal Party

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I have lived in the beaches all my life, I grew up in Belrose/Forestville, once married lived in Belrose and Frenchs Forest, and we now live in Cromer. I feel so blessed to be living in the Northern Beaches. I’m grateful that my parents stumbled on this area once they got married. I could not imagine raising my family anywhere else. The community on the beaches is wonderful, the people are so kind, and caring for one another. I have frequented many of the parks in the area (with my boys) and there is always someone willing to have a chat and exchange stories.

Three of my favourite places are:

  • Many of the parks, but my kids would say the Tramshed park is the best.
  • Narrabeen Lagoon for paddle boating is a gem and a great way to exhaust the kids.
  • We also love the bike tracks down to Dee Why Beach.

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

I am standing for election to represent the community; I feel that as a mum I bring with me a certain set of observations which many in the same boat have. I want to be an advocate for many like me and help bring about improvement to our area. I bring with me my years of corporate experience, my family orientation and love of our community. This gives me a great tool kit to use in helping council deliver in key projects all the while ensuring that community consultation takes place.

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

The biggest issues facing our electorate is the going concern of how business will recover post COVID-19. Council needs to support businesses through this recovery. Many people have incurred great losses during this time. It has tested us all.
More locally we need to remedy the Wakehurst parkway flood management, and the entrance of Narrabeen Lagoon.
I believe it is Council’s responsibility to work with the community to understand their pain points and work cohesively as a group to address them.

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

My day job entails me being a Financial Controller at a Fintech start-up. It’s a very exciting industry to be part of. I am also a mum to two boys and a wife. I will manage my council duties with precision and efficiency. I am nothing if not organised. This is a skill one learns through life, and I am not one to dilly dally.

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 NSW. I am not involved in any other resident action groups, local progress organisations, and I am not involved in the real estate industry.

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

I plan to engage with people in various ways from taking my kids to parks and sporting events, to talking to business owners within the area. My door will always be open, I will always be a phone call, email or social media message away. If I am elected to council I will be an advocate for my ward and ensure we are represented with a voice that is heard.

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

The best way to reach me will be via our group facebook page: 

https://www.facebook.com/Northern-Beaches-Liberals-100446202430180
Website: beachesliberals.com.au
Email: bianca@biancacrvelin.com.au

 

Vincent De Luca

northern beaches local government election

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

Vincent De Luca OAM, Narrabeen Ward, Independent – Group E

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I was born and lived here all my life. I love our area and community, particularly Dee Why Rock Pool which is “our family place” – my late grandmother, Marjorie Smith OAM swam in the first race of Dee Why Ladies’ Amateur Swimming Club in 1922 and spent her life teaching kids and people how to swim there, we spent every Saturday there during summer. Warriewood Wetlands and Narrabeen rock pool are also my special places.

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

I stood for election in 1999 as an idealistic 21 year-old because I wanted to make a difference – nothing has changed. Our community was suffering an over-development onslaught, I was President of Curl Curl Youth and Community Centre and was worried that the Northern Beaches had the highest incidence of youth suicide, serious drug and alcohol and family violence issues. I was passionate to stop this and am still working hard on these serious issues facing our community to overcome them. I bring over 20 years of experience as a Public Official, proven integrity and commitment to putting the community first. As a Lawyer, welfare worker, recipient of the Order of Australia for outstanding service to the community through charitable and sporting organisations, I bring diverse skills and experience to advocate for the community and hold Council accountable so that rate payers’ funds are spent in the community’s interests. Our Independent Group E, is also the only group of candidates in Narrabeen Ward that are not members of a political party, so I’m free to speak and vote how I like and am not dictated to by faceless party apparatchik.

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

Protecting the environment and stopping over-development

I voted against the recent Housing Strategy, as I believe it forces overdevelopment, threatens our environment and the very reasons why we live here. I am concerned that Mayor Michael Regan declared a pecuniary conflict of interest and could not vote on it. This document dictates the future of our area and lifestyle. Our community doesn’t want Chatswood like development. Proposed development at Ingleside is a safety risk. We simply don’t have the infrastructure to cope with high and medium density development. I have a proven track record over the decades of stopping over development and inappropriate development. I will continue to put the interests of the community above developers. 

Holding the bureaucracy accountable, keeping rates down and increasing services and infrastructure

Since the amalgamation, rates have gone up by $30 million. Amalgamation was promised to reduce rates, red tape and bureaucracy. Every year, I have voted against Mayor Regan and his Your Northern Beaches party’s rate rises as they simply cannot be justified. Particularly as people are struggling due to COVID-19 and associated financial pressures due to lost jobs and businesses. I will work to cut the huge bureaucracy and exorbitant salaries.  I have campaigned for reform of the excessive salaries, with some bureaucrats paid more than State Premiers. 40% of Council’s entire budget, $138 million is spent on salaries and benefits. Our CEO is on over half a million dollars – $522,321 and is entitled to a vehicle. Millions of dollars of rate payers’ money is spent each year on several levels of management bureaucracy: Directors (which were doubled from three to six upon the CEO’s request) cost $2,248,008, Executive Managers cost $5,893,810, Managers cost $15,208,330 and Team Leaders cost $18,593,901. I am delighted that the NSW Government has finally taken up my and others’ requests for reform and considering introducing an independent panel to set salaries. 

Increased Policing and stopping sale of Mona Vale Police Station

Our community has experienced gang attacks on a Police Inspector at Warriewood and children bashed, threatened and robbed on a weekly basis, drug dealing, home and car break-ins, vandalism, stabbings and a vicious cowardly gang attack at Newport that received National condemnation. I have been the only strong voice on Council against any possible closure of Mona Vale Police Station and the need for greater Police presence. I initiated a Petition and a public campaign. My media interviews and lobbying resulted in the Police Commissioner initiating a special operation into gang and youth crime. My encouraging victims to come forward has led to arrests and convictions.

Caring about our community 

I will continue to be the leader in Council focussing on social issues, pursuing mental health and wellness and domestic violence prevention. During COVID lockdowns Caring about the community our community has suffered unprecedented trauma and financial loss due to COVID-19. I lead the charge, initiated a Petition, wrote to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Premier, Treasurers, Ministers and Members of Parliament and liaised with Federal and State decision makers to ensure more services on the Northern Beaches and better access to benefits for struggling residents and small businesses. The lines at CentreLink Brookvale were Kms long. My calls for better services also helped lead to the CentreLink’s Call back service as well opt in online service for expression of interests for benefits.

Narrabeen Lagoon strategy 

Millions of dollars have been wasted on ad-hoc, often ineffectual openings of Narrabeen Lagoon often causing flooding to residences and increases in insurance premiums. I have worked to ensure a long-term solution. I’ve ensured the public had its say on the Options Paper issued in February on possible future management strategies of the opening of the lagoon, such as the installation of low flow pipes, ebb-tide channels and other proposals. I have continued to encourage Council’s bureaucrats, of the need to be proactive and open the Lagoon prior to predicted rain falls to prevent flooding – this has occurred. I will continue to advocate that the manual opening based on a set level height of the Lagoon is ineffectual and too costly and that long term solutions need to be urgently installed to prevent flooding and waste of ratepayers’ money. I also made representations on behalf of constituents to insurers regarding increases to their premiums.

Wakehurst Parkway Flood Mitigation plan and Mona Vale Road improvement works 

I moved Motions at Council and lobbied for State and Federal Governments’ funding to be urgently advanced and works expedited, noting that works should have been completed prior to the closure of Mona Vale Hospital and the opening of the Northern Beaches Hospital. Flooding still prevents access by the residents of the northern part of the peninsular from travelling quickly to the new hospital. I have also emphasised that any works must be undertaken sensitively with care to prevent damage to Aboriginal heritage sights, fauna and bushland.

Ingleside Place strategy 

I have serious concerns regarding the current proposal by the Department of Planning and oppose it. The fact the State Government has not allocated funding in its Budget for infrastructure or improvement to Powderworks and Mona Vale Roads, makes the proposal untenable. Traffic is already chaotic on Powderworks and Mona Vale Roads as well as the Wakehurst Parkway. Having nearly one thousand new homes will only exacerbate this. The small lot sizes and destruction of bushland and cultural heritage is also a concern. The State Government, in its previous proposal, also proposed a new school – this has been removed and ratepayers’, will be paying for new infrastructure as well as the future infrastructure the proposal is not in the public interest. I was absolutely shocked when the Department of Planning revealed that there would not be assisted evacuation in the case of an emergency. “Unassisted evacuations” are proposed to be via the already choked Powderworks Road. I have a genuine fear for public safety in the event of a disaster and feel the government needs to review its current plan. I have worked closely with residents and the Department of Planning, to ensure residents can have their say and that issues of concern and questions are properly considered and answered.

Off Leash Dog Areas 

I have lobbied hard for new off-leash dog exercise areas after requests from residents. I believe we need to cater for dogs and their owners and promote healthy lifestyles and will work for more areas.

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 Solicitor by qualification, am a public official and have served as an Advisor in NSW Parliament and an array of Government Departments such as the Attorney General’s Departments. I also, and much prefer, my voluntarily work as a Director and Ambassador of sporting organisations and charities, particularly in supporting womens’ refuges and safehouses, and as a cancer survivor an array of cancer and research-based charities. I have efficiently balanced these duties for the majority of my life.

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 a member of any political party and completely INDEPENDENT. Group E in Narrabeen Ward is the only group of candidates which are not members of any political party. I have served as President of the Friends of Warringah Association (residents against over-development) as well as other environmental groups, like Save Manly Dam as its Vice Patron and Patron. I am NOT involved in the Real Estate industry and have campaigned for many years that the State Parliament introduce legislation prohibiting Real Estate Agents and Developers from being Councillors.

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

I take my role very seriously, believe constituents are entitled to be heard and responded to, and have a personal policy of always responding to correspondence, meeting requests and issues expeditiously. I am also proactive on social media to hear constituents’ views and concerns and act accordingly.

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

https://www.facebook.com/crvincentdelucaoam and vincentdeluca.info

 

Jonathon Flegg

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

Jonathon Flegg, and I’m running in Narrabeen Ward as No. 2 for the Northern Beaches Liberals.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

My wife and I moved here once we started having a family and we just haven’t look back. Now we have two kids and are just so happy we have put down roots in the wonderful Northern Beaches community. My earliest memories of the Northern Beaches is my grandfather taking for special days out at Dee Why Beach. It’s hard to pick just three favourite ‘haunts’ around the Beaches, but if pressed I’d have to say: the Basin on the Pittwater for a camping weekend, the magnificent complete circuit around Narrabeen Lagoon, and going out with friends to our first rate local craft breweries.

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

My primary motivation in running is to offer my service back to the wider community, given that community has brought so many valued interactions to me in my life since I was young. Throughout my life I recall a range of people who made a contribution to enriching my own life through local clubs and organisations, and that is something I would be excited to do if given the opportunity to contribute to civic life on Council.

I’ve done a large amount of successfully delivering major projects and ensuring value for money is preserved for taxpayers. I would be a welcome addition to Council given the size and complexity of the initiatives that are being undertaken there now with such a large local government, and using my extensive professional experience to make sure maximum benefits are being realised for the community through the day-to-day activities of the Council.

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

I want Council to deliver on what was originally promised to our community as part of the juggernaut council amalgamation: lower rates, better quality services and stopping the waste. Unfortunately the current leadership of Mayor Regan has not delivered those benefits back to the community. An interesting fact is ever since Michael Regan first became Warringah mayor back in 2008, he has steadily increased rates on residents by over 42%, which is almost double the standard cost of living increase over the same period. But what extra does the Northern Beaches community have to show for such a huge tax grab from ratepayers? This is the most pressing issue for action in the new Council and this election is an opportunity to send a message about putting the community’s interests back at the centre of Council decision-making. It’s the least Council can do given how tough it has been for so many residents and businesses just struggling to get through this COVID period.

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

Professionally, I am currently a Director at consulting business C|T Corporate Advisory. I am an economist and hold two Masters degrees in both Public Administration and Public Policy, and which alongside my professional background is all highly relevant experience to being effective on Council. I have made clear plans to ensure I am adequately available for a role as councillor if I was to 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?

Yes, I’m running for the Liberals and I am not part of the real estate industry.

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

The simple answer is: regularly and often! I will continue to have an open door policy to anyone who takes the time to get in touch with me, and I’ll endeavour to listen and act on your issues, no matter how big or small. I’m also eager to hear what fresh ideas the community has to help the Beaches community flourish in the post-lock down future.

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

Please follow the Northern Beaches Liberals through our social media channels and if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me on jonathon.flegg1@gmail.com.

 

Robert (Bob) Giltinan OAM

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

Robert (Bob) Giltinan OAM, Narrabeen Ward, Independent – Group E

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

My family are long term residents of the Northern Beaches, my great grandfather, James Giltinan was instrumental in founding the National Rugby League and started the 18foot skiffs in sailing. As a former international pro-tennis player, I had my own tennis centre and coaching clinics locally for many years. With my wife, Linda, I have raised two brilliant kids on the Northern Beaches. Tennis Courts on the Northern Beaches are my spiritual home as well as Collaroy beach and Long Reef Headland.

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

I served as an Independent Councillor on Warringah Council for eight years and a term as Deputy Mayor. I was one of a couple of independent voices with Vincent De Luca OAM and we were effective and strong advocates for the community, environment, sport and NFP organisations. I strongly believe that the Northern Beaches Council is desperate for True Independents and should not be dominated by political parties. It has been controlled by a party machine, Your Northern Beaches party, led by Michael Regan which has voted on block to increase rates every year since it was elected – I want to stop this and add a true independent voice. I bring experience to properly consult with the community and stop rate-payers money being wasted on insensitive proposals like the up to $1.7m Covid Memorial that was pushed by one of Mayor Regan’s party’s Councillors which caused community outrage during the covid pandemic. I bring experience, sincerity to serve all in the community and a commitment to always putting the needs and interested of our community first.

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

Environment – Council controls its Housing Targets, bushland and waterways. I will strongly advocate that it reviews the Housing Strategy and Local Environment Plan to stop inappropriate development, and realign its budget to protect the environment. Youth – I’ve worked with kids and teenagers all my life, Council needs to refocus efforts on providing them with something to do, and not just the traditional organised sports. Green space and Playing Fields – we do need more playing fields and recreational green space parks and I will continue to advocate for these. Services for all and service levels – these have diminished under the new Council, buildings on Oaks Avenue housing community services were sold by Council. I will focus on getting Council back on track to its core role of maintaining and building essential infrastructure and services for community benefit.

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

Professional Tennis Coach and small business owner. Living a busy life I have had to be good at time management!

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 a member of a political party and am standing as an Independent in Group E because it’s the only Group of candidates in Narrabeen Ward that are not members of a political party. I’m not involved in the real estate industry.

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

I have always had an open door policy, and been accessible to the community by phone, meetings and email.

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

My bio and The True Independents – Group E – can be followed at https://www.facebook.com/crvincentdelucaoam

 

Sean Moran

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

Sean Moran, Narrabeen Ward Team, proudly running as part of the Your Northern Beaches Independent team.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I have lived in the Northern Beaches my whole life, and I am incredibly proud to be a part of this community. I love, and often frequent Collaroy Beach, Narrabeen Lagoon, and the Red Hill Bush Trail.

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

I am running as a candidate in this election because I want to bring an uncompromised voice to the table for our community. I firmly believe active engagement in the community is vital, and I believe robust community consultation is important to ensure I have a deep understanding of the perspectives, ideas and concerns of our community.

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

I believe the construction of the Collaroy seawall has been a contentious issue in the Narrabeen Ward. If elected, I want to ensure that there is a strong focus on beach nourishment using sand and vegetation to further protect our coastline from severe erosion.

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 performance and drama school for kids which I absolutely love. I also work as a Community Liaison Officer which I believe has equipped me with the skills and knowledge to be directly engaged with the pressing issues of our community. I would seek to devote substantial time to helping the community every week in my capacity as a councilor.

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 the Real Estate industry and truly believe independents, not major political parties, can offer the most uncompromised representation. Our community deserves the highest standard of quality when it comes to who represents them.

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

I plan to use my skills and experience as a Community Liaison Officer to best assist our community. If elected, I will warmly invite groups and individuals in the Narrabeen Ward to contact me to raise their concerns or ideas so we can discuss them in detail. I can then bring these matters to the attention of council, or even directly raise them with Members or Ministers in either State or Federal government who may also be able to help.

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

I kindly invite anybody interested in following my campaign to follow the @ynibtnarrabeenward Instagram page or find us on Facebook. We have been out and about meeting people a lot since emerging from lockdown, which has been fantastic. Make sure you follow us to keep up to date! We also have lots of exciting plans to meet and consult with the community through the rest of the campaign, and we would love to hear what is most important to you. Thank you!|

Ethan Hrnjak

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

My name is Ethan Hrnjak and I’m running in Narrabeen Ward for the Greens.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

I’ve lived on the Nothern Beaches for over 18 years and I love how there are so many really great places to connect with nature – a huge stress reliever. Very grounding. Narrabeen Lagoon walk and North Narrabeen beach/pool, Turrimetta headland bushwalk and Shelly Beach would be my three favourite places on the Northern Beaches.

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

I believe that young people deserve a voice in local government for a more equitable society. We are facing huge challenges and as stakeholders, young people should be involved in planning for their own future.

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

High rates of anxiety and depression among young people, lack of affordable housing, care and preservation of our local environment. Affordable housing – the Greens will put forward a 30% affordable housing target for new developments. High rates of anxiety and depression among young people – I will work with staff to maintain and improve the council’s mental health services. Care and protection of our local environment – I will fiercely protect Narrabeen ward’s bush reserves and tree canopy from inappropriate development.

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 completing my HSC examinations and have already been accepted into Macquarie Uni to study environmental management. I have always worked part-time to support my education, so I possess good time management and organisational skills which I would bring across to council 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?

I’m a member of the Australian Greens and a Youth Representative on the Northern Beaches Council’s Youth Advisory Group. I captain the senior debating and public speaking teams at school and have been actively involved with Stop PEP11 protests and the Student Strikes For Climate. I am not involved with the real estate industry.

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

I’ve already been able to doorknock, phonebank, letterbox and hold community stalls in our community and as your councillor will attend local resident meetings, engage socially with young people, join relevant community groups, maintain an active online presence and utilise the Youth Advisory Group to hear from young people and gain their input.

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

Website – https://greensoncouncil.org.au/ethan-hrnjak/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ethanfornarrabeen
Instagram –  @ethanhrnjak
Email – ethankhyehrnjak@gmail.com

 

Ruth Robins

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

Name: Ruth Robins
Ward: Narrabeen Ward
Party: Your Northern Beaches Independent Team

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I am a mother to two and a grandmother to 4 and as a Narrabeen Ward resident I have lived and worked on the Northern Beaches for over 25 years. During this time, I have volunteered for several local charities, committees and boards.

  • Narrabeen Rockpool
  • The Basin, Pittwater
  • Warriewood Headland

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

I love being part of my community and want to play a role in making sure it remains a great place to live.

I have extensive experience in local government in a range of areas from community service delivery, governance, and community consultation. My knowledge provides an excellent background and understanding of how to meet the challenges of working with council staff and the community to achieve the best outcomes.

I am passionate about providing excellent outcomes for the community for the generations to come.

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

I am concerned about keeping the character of our area intact – for example the Ingleside      Precinct Plan (draft) has raised environmental (bushland and wildlife), social (schools and community facilities and bush fire safety) and economic (Infrastructure cost to Council) concerns which are not addressed in the State Government proposal.

I am aware of the lack of affordable housing on the Northern Beaches and would encourage  proposed new housing focused in and near centres where people can easily access public transport or walk or cycle to shops and services.

Support and encourage local business to grow their investment in our local government area.

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

I work with the Boards of Community based organizations facilitating Governance and Strategic Planning. As this is not a full time role I believe I have the capacity to undertake the role of Councilor.

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

I am a member of the Your Northern Beaches Independent Team and a member of the Warriewood Residents Association and Residents Against Inappropriate Development – Ingleside (RAID).

I volunteer for Link Community Care and until recently volunteered with Women & Children First.

I am not involved with the real estate industry.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Northern Beaches community should you be elected?

Feedback from the community so far during my campaign is that politicians and Councilors are only seen or speak with the community whenever there is an election coming up. I plan to continue engaging with the community on a regular basis via regular online forums and in person townhalls.

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

https://www.facebook.com/YNBITNarrabeenWard

https://www.instagram.com/ynbitnarrabeenward/

PITTWATER WARD

Rory Amon

northern beaches local government election

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

Councillor Rory Amon, Pittwater Ward, Liberal Party

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

Born and raised on the Northern Beaches, it’s been Rory’s home for 30 years.  Rory has served as a Northern Beaches Councillor since 2017, is a family lawyer by trade, an active rugby union referee, Honorary Legal Counsel of the NSW Rugby Referees Association, and a Director of Pittwater Business Limited. A proud volunteer firefighter, Rory is a past President of the Davidson Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade, current Vice-President, and in 2020 was awarded the NSW Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation for his service to the NSW Bushfires 2019/20 Emergency Response. Rory is passionate about Council accountability, transparency, lower rates, cutting Council waste, and delivering better services.

Barrenjoey Headland, The Newport, Village Park (Mona Vale).

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

Pittwater is the greatest part of the greatest city in the best country on earth . I am running to ensure it is protected from the developments plans of “Indendendent”.

I am running for Northern Beaches Council has not realised the full potential of amalgamation. Over the past four years, rates have increased by $30 million at double the rate of inflation. Northern Beaches’ rates are 30% higher than comparable Sydney Councils. “Our Council is led by an “Independent” – Greens alliance that is more interested in wasting $13 million on unnecessary new bins or $1.7 million on a memorial to COVID, than figuring out how we can provide more footpaths or upgrade local surf clubs and sporting facilities.

Locally, I will fight to upgrade our local infrastructure – Surf Clubs, sports fields, and footpaths, stop Council Waste to reduce rates, stand against overdevelopment and encroachments on public land, and support fair access to open space for families with dogs.

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

Since amalgamation, Council rates have increase 20%, $30 million, at double the rate of inflation. This is having a significant impact on residents and local business. In Manly, business rates have increased over 40% and in Pittwater over 26%. Rate rises are killing local business. Council can stop rate rises by cutting unnecessary waste, like $13 million on new bins we didn’t need or upto $1.7 million on a memorial to COVID.

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 family lawyer in a busy practice. Having served on Council since 2017, I have maintained an active presence of Council. As they say, if you want something done, give it to a busy person … I am very busy.

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 various resident associations, have been President and Vice-President of the Davidson Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade since 2014, am a Director of Pittwater Business Limited, and Honorary Legal Counsel of the NSW Rugby Referees Association. I am not involved in the real estate industry.

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

Since being elected to Council in 2017, I regularly attend community events and have maintained a strong online social media presence. I have committed to updating the community regularly through social media, email newsletters and keeping local media informed of the good, the bad and the ugly on council. I am proud to have exposed Council’s excessive rate rises and dumping of old during the $13 million bin replacement. Council had promised all old bins would be recycled. This was untrue and I exposed secret council emails showing that council staff were directing contractors to dispose of old bins. Local government’s misdeeds can often go unnoticed, so it is vital that strong representatives keep the council bureaucracy and fellow councillors accountable.

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

Facebook: @roryamon
Or email me: rory@roryamon.com.au to be added to my newsletter list.

 

Michael Gencher

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

Michael Gencher, Pittwater Ward, running as the #1 Independent Candidate with Your Northern Beaches Independent Team.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

Originally from Canada, I moved here in 1991. I’m married with 5 kids, I live, work and volunteer in Mona Vale. I am a Vice President and Nipper Chairman of Mona Vale SLSC, a long service member, and still actively patrolling the beach. I am also the Program Manager of ‘Neighbourhood Watch in Pittwater’, and active in the community through sport, education, Rotary, and a number of charitable organisations.

Three places that I love? Only three? Well, in no particular order – and certainly not limited to;

  • Going to Whale Beach with the family on weekends
  • Walking the Narrabeen to Mona Vale cliff walk with my wife
  • Taking in the view from Barrenjoey Lighthouse

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

I’m running as an advocate for the concerns of Families, and for the interests of Local Business. I am passionate about working closely with the community, and continuing to build a more liveable, vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and supportive community while striving to provide the best possible service and amenities, and to make sure the needs of the entire community are met.

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

  • Protection from inappropriate and overdevelopment – I want to help with protecting Pittwater from inappropriate and overdevelopment – this needs to be addressed by advocating through tighter planning controls, and intense scrutiny, and community consultation with the development of the forthcoming single Northern Beaches Council wide Local Environmental Plan & Development Control Plan.
  • Community Safety & Well-being – I stand for greater Community Safety & Well-being – By providing enhanced support and initiatives to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour, and promote well-being. Community safety is much more than crime prevention – it is a shared commitment from all stakeholders working together to enhance safety and well-being in the community – considering – keeping us safe from harm, local traffic and pedestrian danger spots, access to services, community cohesion, promoting mental health awareness, identifying and helping ‘at risk’ members of our community, and addressing the current issues our Youth are facing.
  • The Preservation of or our natural environment, and the shared enjoyment of our beaches, open, recreational and green spaces – By advocating for, and ensuring the protection of our natural environment as a priority in the development and implementation of the forthcoming planning framework – so the planning controls support the entire communities values , wishes and aspirations.
  • Maintaining a cost efficient and fiscally responsible council – I want a seat at the table to ensure that the direction and context for decision making in the allocation, management and use of councils financial resources are stable, affordable, deliverable, economical and answerable.

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

For over 20 years I have run my own Public Relations & Communications business. The question is not how I will manage being a Councillor along with my ‘day job’… It’s really my ‘night job’ that you should have asked – my family. Fortunately, I am at a stage in my career, and with my family, where we have figured out how most things work – I have great support from my family and colleagues, and certainly enough knowledge and experience knowing how to manage my time, and my various 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?

I am a member of Your Northern Beaches Independent Team, which technically is a political party, however I see myself belonging to a coalition of Independents. I am the Program Manager for Neighbourhood Watch in Pittwater. And no, I am not in the real estate industry.

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

One major learning from the experience of running for Council? Like the phrase “you don’t know, what you don’t know”… I realise, ‘I don’t know who I don’t know’. I will continue reaching out and engaging through the various communications channels – Zoom, Facebook, Instagram, email, phone, website etc. However, post COVID-19 I am most excited about actually getting out in the Community again, and meeting with people, through community events, community groups and associations.
If elected to Council, I hope to create the ‘Pittwater Advisory Group’, a community group which would welcome representation from all community stakeholders, to participate in a monthly forum to exchange information, discuss issues and concerns allowing me first-hand information and knowledge, in order to focus directly on what the community is saying, and what the community wants.

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

Sarah Turnbull

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Photo credit: Zach Durden

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

Sarah Turnbull, candidate for Pittwater ward. Your Northern Beaches Independent Team.

2. Tell us about your connection to the Northern Beaches, and name three places in our
LGA that you love.

My connection goes back 35 years when my parents moved to Pittwater. After a period in France, 14 years ago I settled in Avalon with my husband and son. The recent lockdowns made me appreciate my local area even more and so my three special places are walks: Bangalley Headland, the Bilgola Newport trail and the Palm Beach lighthouse trail (and that special spot where the sound of the ocean echoes off the rock).

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

I’m running for Council because I want to help protect the area’s natural environment and its distinct character. I’m not anti-development but we have to make sure that future development is appropriate and serves the needs of the community. Pittwater is also lucky to have a high population of ‘creatives’ and I’d love to see this reflected in our village centres. Festivals, events, music and art – these things promote well-being for locals of all ages as well as economic vitality. Running for Council is not a stepping stone for me – I don’t want a career in politics. Simply, I want to do my bit to make Pittwater even better.

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

If elected, I’d push to tighten the existing planning laws to help ensure that new builds and future development are appropriate in terms of bulk, design and scale. Protecting our tree canopy is also a pressing issue: sadly Pittwater has one of the highest rates of canopy tree loss of any urban area in NSW. Strengthening the existing local environment plans (LEPs) would help; I’d also push for State government to allow councils to manage their own tree canopies, as occurred in the past. Another important issue in our electorate is affordable housing. We need to create opportunities for young people and key workers such as teachers and local business owners to live in the area, close to public transport and services. More broadly, I want to help build a sustainable future for Pittwater by supporting new initiatives and engagement among residents and local groups. Let’s all work together so that our young people can look to the future with optimism.

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

A journalist and writer (author of ‘Almost French’), I’m currently finishing a novel and a Doctorate of Creative Arts. I work from home and my job allows me the flexibility to take on the duties of 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’d never been a member of any political party up until a few months ago when I joined the Your Northern Beaches Independent Team. I really believe we need alternatives to the major parties at all levels of government: I’d love to see more community-focussed independent representatives. That’s why I’m part of Mackellar Rising, a grass-roots democracy movement started by two wonderful Avalon women. I’m also a member of the Avalon Preservation Association and Our Blue Dot, a local climate action group. I have no involvement in the real estate industry except for the fact that I feel extraordinarily lucky to own a home here.

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

I’m pretty straightforward and down-to-earth and that’s how I’d engage with the community. I’m also a good listener. I’ve lived in the area long enough to know that people often have very different ideas on local issues and the way things should be done but I think it’s also important to remember what we have in common. From Terrey Hills to Newport to Palm Beach what unites people in Pittwater is our deep love for where we live. That’s a wonderful thing.

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

People can find out more about me and my campaign at:

https://www.instagram.com/sarahturnbull.ynbteam/

https://www.facebook.com/sarah.yournbcandidate

 

Main photo credit: Martin Ollman/Getty Images

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