Newly-elected North Sydney Deputy Mayor William Bourke will contest the Willoughby by-election on February 12 and intends to continue in his North Sydney Council role until “unable to do so by law”.
President of the Sustainable Australia Party, William Bourke, was elected to North Sydney Council for the first time in December. However the announcement of the by-election in the seat of Willoughby (vacated by Gladys Berejiklian) has prompted him to throw his hat in the ring as a candidate for a State Government position. In a statement, the Sustainable Australia Party claimed they were in opposition to the current State Government’s tunnels, overdevelopment and planning systems.
William Bourke told Willoughby Living:
“The state seat of Willoughby covers most of my North Sydney Council ward of St Leonards, so the key issues around the environment, overdevelopment and particularly Beaches Link are basically the same. I am thoroughly enjoying the role at North Sydney Council and if elected in Willoughby, given the huge crossover of issues, would also seek to continue the council role until I was unable to do so by law. If elected to state parliament I could do a huge amount to fight the state government’s stripping of planning powers and controls from local communities in both North Sydney and Willoughby local government areas. We need community-driven voices in parliament in order to push back hard on the destructive Beaches Link and more broadly to protect our environment from overdevelopment.”