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Willoughby Living

Willoughby Votes! Meet the Candidates in the Local Government Election

November 15, 2021

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

For the Willoughby City Council election, you will be asked to vote on two issues:

  1. The selection of Mayor, which is a popularly elected vote
  2. The selection of Councillors based on which ward you live in

The candidates for Mayor (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Craig Campbell
  • Angelo Rozos
  • Tanya Taylor

There are four Wards in Willoughby City Council:

  • Middle Harbour Ward
  • Naremburn Ward
  • Sailors Bay Ward
  • West Ward

To find out which Ward you’re in, search for your address on the Willoughby Council online map or see the PDF map.

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

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

MIDDLE HARBOUR WARD

 

Sarkis Mouradian

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

Sarkis Mouradian – Councillor Candidate for Middle Harbour Ward, Independent

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

My family migrated to Australia and we resettled in Willoughby. I am a true local, having lived in the area for over 50 years. I grew up on Horsley Avenue, Willoughby and lived there for over 20 years prior to moving to Castle Cove. I attended Willoughby Infants and Primary Schools. My parents started their first small business in Naremburn prior to relocating the shop to Artarmon.

Three places in our LGA that I love:

  1. Bushland reserves and tracks, particularly North Arm Reserve, which became critical during COVID-19 for maintaining mental health.
  2. Willoughby and Bales Park – I have great childhood memories of playing cricket and football with my neighbourhood friends. When I became a father, I would take my daughters to Willoughby Park playgrounds and also taught them to how to ride a bike, now I do the same with my grandchildren.
  3. Shops and restaurants, great variety of quality choices. My favourite restaurant presently is Mama Mulan at the Concourse.

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

I have the passion and drive to make a difference as I want to ensure that the community, including my daughters and grandchildren and future generations enjoy the parks, play grounds, foreshore and amenities that I had when growing up in Willoughby, this can be achieved by protecting the environment and maintaining and enhancing our facilities. Coming from a multicultural background gives me a different perspective which will provide a diversity of view to Council.

In running a small business, I understand:

  • fiscal responsibility and the importance of balancing a budget;
  • the frustration with red tape and drawn-out application processes that require streamlining; and
  • the importance of consultation, achieving goals and exceeding expectations so we have customer satisfaction.

I am open minded and pragmatic which will enable me to ensure differing views and opinions are considered before decisions are made.

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

Economic recovery from COVID-19 for Council and local businesses.

  • I will seek to implement incentives that will encourage business activity, one example being making permits easier to obtain.

Need to ensure that Council’s financial position and stability is maintained and improved as this will ultimately affect Council Services provided.

  • I will advocate for tighter fiscal management and eliminate wasteful spending.

Protecting our natural bushland, waterways and harbour.

  • I will promote an education campaign on litter and recycling/composting. Increase availability of bins. Council stormwater infrastructure should be reviewed and the use of pollution capture devices such as enviropods should be reviewed. Pollution is virtually captured at the source and don’t flow into Middle Harbour.

Resist over development and streamline the Council Application process (reduce red tape).

  • Applications to be reviewed on merit (sensitive and appropriate development) and Council should have its planning powers reinstated.

The residents of Castle Cove, Middle Cove, Willoughby are presently adversely affected by traffic and congestion on Eastern Valley Way. When the new Woolworths development is completed on Smiths Street, Chatswood, we should monitor traffic flow and parking in the vicinity. We should all be concerned over increased traffic volume, parking and congestion

  • Road widening alone may not solve the problem. Council should monitor and compare resultant impact of Woolworths and review parking arrangements and transport alternatives to discourage motor vehicle usage and improved public transport system.

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 small business owner. I generally work more efficiently as my workload increases and I also have a great staff and team in place who will oversee the daily activities and tasks when required.

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

No, I am not a member of a political party. I recently joined the Castle Cove Progress Association. I am not involved in the real estate industry.

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

Community consultation and feedback is the key. The best way to engage is by encouraging and maintaining a genuine dialogue. I’m committed to listening to diverse views and opinions and communicating openly with residents. Communication can be through social media, emails and other means. I would love for people to feel comfortable to come up to me when I’m out and about or the conversation can happen more formally at cultural events, forums, Progress Association meetings.

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

Follow my page on Facebook facebook.com/sarkismouradian. You can find out more about my policies at my website sarkismouradian.com or fill out the survey if you want to have your say.

 

Wendy Norton

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

My name is Wendy Norton and I am running for the position of Ward Councillor in Middle Harbour Ward. I am not a member of any political party and am running as an Independent candidate.

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

I came to Castle Cove shortly after we married and we raised our two daughters here. They attended Willoughby Playgroup, the local KU preschool at Castlecrag and Castle Cove PS.  I was a very active member of the playgroup and preschool committees and the school P&C, making many friends. Our girls joined the local Brownies, another opportunity for us all to make new friends. I was involved in local issues such as the Garigal National Park developments and the Northside Storage Tunnel mediation with Sydney Water. Three places in the Local Government Area that I love are its Parks (our ward has several), its beautiful Bushland (our ward has extensive Bushland areas) and The Concourse at Chatswood.

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

 

I am standing for election because there are still projects for our community that I want to see through. One example is the need to solve the traffic problems at the Eastern Valley Way/Smith St intersection.  I bring successful experience as a councillor and can point to many results of my advocacy for our ward including park and playground updates, improved services for our multicultural community, access improvements to ensure our community is inclusive, services for youth, upgrading of local shopping areas, refurbishing roads and footpaths and maintenance of our Bushland.  I bring a record of involvement through my active participation in council’s Advisory Committees so am very aware of the needs and desires of the community, plus an unmatched record of attendance at council meetings, briefings and events and also understanding of council processes and meeting procedures. My record of prompt response to resident issues is well known.

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

The biggest issue intially in the next term of council will be making sure that its finances recover from the losses caused by covid. We are fortunate that council’s finances have been well managed in the past and it will be vital that they continue to be well managed in the future. This will enable council to proceed with projects providing new facilities such as the Gore Hill Sporting facilities and refurbishing existing assets such as Willoughby Leisure Centre. The new Local Environment Plan (LEP) needs to be confirmed to give certainty to residents regarding development.  I have opposed over-development in my role as a councillor and will continue to do so in the future. The LEP must continue to protect Heritage Conservation Areas. Council also needs to address traffic and parking issues in all wards. We must make sure that council maintains its trajectory in addressing climate change. I will address these issues by close scrutiny of council’s budgets, monitoring council performance and continued advocacy.

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 Senior Psychologist, Education.  I work two days each week in my profession and am thus available to attend meetings and events on other days as well as to prepare for council meetings, preparation which most often requires a large amount of reading.

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 have never been a member of one. I am a long term member of the Castle Cove Progress Association and joined the two other Progress Associations in my ward, Middle Harbour and Chatswood East, when I was first elected as a councillor so I could hear their residents’ views. I have never been involved in the real estate industry.

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

I will continue to attend committee meetings, progress association meetings. read facebook comments, check council’s Have Your say and respond promptly to phone calls and emails as I have always done.

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

Residents may write to me regarding election issues via my facebook page or email me at wendyjnorton@bigpond.com, my personal email address .

Angelo Rozos

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

I’m Angelo Rozos; I am running for Mayor of Willoughby City. I am the current Deputy Mayor and have been with Willoughby City Council for 9 + years. I am running as an Independent candidate.

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

My family arrived in Willoughby in the 60’s I was born in Willoughby and my family still live in our original home. My wife Megan and I are living in North Willoughby and raising our 2 sons here who both attend Willoughby Primary School.

I attended both East Willoughby preschool and Willoughby Public school. I also went to High school locally.

This is a hard question to answer as I have so many, but my top three favourite spots in Willoughby are Willoughby Park, Northbridge Baths and the all Restaurant niches in the area.

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

Council is a complex business. I have the experience to be our next Mayor and have been part of many achievements over the last 9 years.  I have the experience to oversee that the council produces its day to day services in an efficient and high quality manner.

I also plan to deliver some transformational projects for the community, youth groups and sporting groups that include the building of a new multi- purpose indoor sports centre at St Leonards and the re-building of the Aquatic Centre at Willoughby Leisure Centre.

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

  • Overdevelopment and pressure from State Government for more and more housing targets which builds pressure on our local Infrastructure.
  • A large amount of DA approvals have been taken out of the Councils hands
  • The erosion of council planning powers and say over the communities.
  • I want to lobby the state government strongly for Councils to get more control over its planning.

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

I am lucky enough to be a part owner of a Recruitment Agency which gives me great flexibility to serve the community as Mayor.  I am also very grateful to have the support of my 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?

No, I am not involved in the real estate industry. I have liberal party membership but sit on council as a full independent.

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

Over the last 9 years, I have been very present and proactive to the needs of the community.  I am available for community meetings, engaged in our social media and have an open door policy for our community. I look forward to continuing the many relationships I have fostered through my council work.

 

Tanya Taylor

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

Hi, I’m Tanya Taylor, an independent candidate for Middle Harbour Ward and Mayor of Willoughby City.

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

I’ve lived in Willoughby for over 20 years.  My three children were born here and all attend local schools, and my husband operates our small family business from Willoughby.  I’ve been an active member of the community across many volunteer roles in a leadership capacity.  It’s so hard to choose just three favourite places in our LGA, as we are spoilt for choice – but if I do have to limit to three I would have to choose: Sailors Bay – as all of our family are active members of 1st Sailors Bay Sea Scouts, and we love the water; Harold Reid Reserve – it’s my favourite local bushwalk; and Willoughby Public School – all my children attended the school and my son is the last one there and is leaving this year – the school has been wonderful for our family and we’ve all made so many friends through the years.

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

I’m standing for election because I love our community.  We’re so fortunate that we live in such a leafy, supportive and strong community.  I want to be the voice of the community.  I believe we can create practical and creative solutions to improve our area while keeping what we love about it, now and into the future.

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

I think the biggest issue facing our electorate is that people’s voices are not being heard.  The council needs to find new ways to collaborate and communicate with the community.  We also need to focus on rebuilding community post Covid-19.  Everyone has suffered in one way or another – our sporting groups, community organisation and businesses, as well as every single resident.  There is a new norm of working from home and we need to support that and take it into account across every aspect of what council does.  We need to protect and preserve our natural assets and ensure that development balances the needs of our community and our environment, and that inclusivity and accessibility is included in this balance.  Everyone has a part to play in addressing climate change, including Councils.

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

I have worked at the City of Sydney council for the past 6 years, across events, procurement, grants and partnerships.  I love what I do, and it speaks to my values of working for community, however if elected as Mayor I would resign my position to focus 100% on the matters of Council, and my own beautiful community of Willoughby.

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 parties, or ever have been.  I have been involved in industry associations, community groups and not-for-profit organisations, but not progress associations or resident action groups.  I am not involved in the real estate industry.

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

 Engaging the community is one of the key reasons I’m wanting to get involved in Council.  I will undertake a review of the processes for engagement across council matters.  On a personal level I plan to get out to as many grassroots organisations as possible, to listen to their concerns and start working towards solutions.  I have started to do this in the lead up to the election and have found it to be extremely beneficial.

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

There’s lots of ways to follow us:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tanyataylorcommunitymatters

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tanyataylorcommunitymatters/

Website – www.tanyataylor.net.

We’re also happy to receive emails about specific issues and concerns – tanya@tanyataylor.net.

 

NAREMBURN WARD

 

Glenda Hewitt

 

1.Please list your name, whether you are running for Councillor or Mayor, what Ward you are running in and whether you are running as an Independent or representing a party.
Glenda Hewitt.
Naremburn Ward Councillor (Willoughby City Council)
Independent. (I, and the others in Group A for Naremburn Ward, have signed the ‘Voices of” Declaration of Independence)
 
2. Tell us about your connection to Willoughby, and name three places in our LGA that you love.
I have lived in Willoughby City for  over 18 years. It would be hard to pinpoint three areas I love. What I can say is that it is the green spaces that helped me decide I wanted to live here plus the village atmosphere and the proximity to good public transport. We are very lucky.
 
3. Why are you standing as a candidate in this election? What would you bring to our community?
I’m standing because resilient communities are important and I think Council has lost its ‘people’s input’ ear to the point where pure economics is dominating decision making. A functioning local community is a fine balance of economics, services and meeting the needs of a diverse community.
 
4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?
Liveability, amenity, green spaces and over-development are critical issues for the future. I will be advocating for community input and a higher level of community involvement and engagement in Council decisions and solutions that impact public well being.
 
5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?
Former corporate marketing and communications executive. Newly ‘retired’. Already currently involved in many community activities (Community Garden, Save RNSH, etc, )
 
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 party political affiliations. I am advocating for more independents to be involved in the politic process as “party” politics has usurped “people” politics and some of the current debate is more about being in power rather than planning for the future wellbeing of our people (and planet). I have been involved with the Artarmon Progress Association for many years.
 
7. How do you plan to engage with the Willoughby community should you be elected to Council?
I am number three on the Georgie Roussac ticket. If the electorate decides the three independents in her group are the right choice then they will be getting strong representation from a team who are already engaged in the community and who have access to three different networks.
 
8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign?

Georgie Roussac

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

My name is Georgie Roussac, lead candidate in Group A for the Naremburn Ward. The other candidates in our group are Ashish Sethi, Glenda Hewitt and Erryn Blacklock. We are all running as independents, with no political affiliations.

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

I’ve lived in Artarmon for over 13 years. Our two children loved their time at Artarmon Public School and club sport with Chatswood Rangers Football Club.

I work hard to give back to our vibrant community by volunteering at Artarmon Public School, Scouts, and as President of the Artarmon Progress Association (APA).

During the past two years as APA President, I’ve developed strong relationships with our local chamber of commerce. We have worked collaboratively on several projects, benefiting both residents and business. I am a member of the Federation of Willoughby Progress Associations – an umbrella body that discusses and acts on matters of general concern to the whole Willoughby community. Collectively the group has developed submissions on significant issues including the Beaches Link project and Willoughby’s Community Participation Plan.

Places I love: At least once a week I run to Tunks Park Playground through Flat Rock Gully. I love this route. There are no roads to cross and the bushland is a pocket of bliss. Northbridge Baths is another favourite. I love it at high tide and low tide. Artarmon Oval is a Sunday tradition for our family with a cricket session and a few laps of the oval with our dog Rosie.

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

I absolutely love being actively involved in the community and want to broaden my involvement. I’m also very committed to improving the level of community consultation, engagement and representation for people living in the Naremburn Ward.

I feel like I’m well qualified for the role of councillor. I have a Master of Public Policy with the University of Sydney as well as extensive project and policy experience at local, state and national levels. For the past two years I’ve been the President of the Artarmon Progress Association. In this role I’ve been very focused on engaging the community on numerous local and state issues including traffic projects, accessibility issues, infrastructure projects and local centre strategies.

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

 

  • Strong financial management will be crucial to ensure Council activity and projects can be delivered.
  • The new Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan are coming up for community consultation. We need to ensure we arrive at a situation of balance – not overdevelopment and not no development. We also need the right development controls to maintain conservation standards. Clear, fair and sensible rules that are enforced, and enforced consistently. Community workshops will be important to find the right direction.
  • Reducing our community’s ecological footprint via waste management and clean energy initiatives. Local government has an important role to play in tackling climate change.
  • The Beaches Link project and Herbert Street Precinct development at Royal North Shore Hospital and will have serious and significant impacts on Naremburn Ward, Willoughby and the state. Raising community awareness and strong local advocacy will be crucial to ensure community concerns are heard.
  • Traffic and parking issues are a concern across the electorate and require active management.

 

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 senior policy advisor in the NSW public service. I work three days a week which allows time to dedicate to representing the Naremburn Ward.

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 and so are the other candidates in our group – Ashish Sethi, Glenda Hewitt and Erryn Blacklock. We are not members of a political party, nor are we involved in the real estate industry. For the last two years I have been the President of the Artarmon Progress Association. I would stand down from the Artarmon Progress Association committee if elected as Councillor.

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

The Naremburn Ward needs three highly engaged, active councillors to inject energy, positivity and deliver outcomes. I, along with the other candidates in our group, are very committed to regular, meaningful engagement. We’ll do this by regularly attending community meetings to hear what’s important to residents and businesses and to report back on Council activity. I’d like to initiate monthly face to face meetings on a rotating basis between Naremburn, Artarmon, and St Leonards to bring the community together as well as discuss local issues.

I’m also interested in exploring new ways the community can be involved such as participatory budgeting where the community directly decides how some of the public budget is spent.

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

There’s lots of ways to find out more about us:

Instagram: @georgieroussac

Facebook: @georgieroussacfornaremburnward

Website: www.votegeorgie.com.au

Email: georgie@votegeorgie.com.au

Phone: 0434 177 492

 

 

SAILORS BAY WARD

Kristina Dodds

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

My name is Kristina Dodds and I am running for Councillor in Sailors Bay Ward which covers Northbridge, Castlecrag, South Willoughby and parts of Willoughby. I am running as the number two candidate for Local Independents For our Environment: LIFE team. I am running as an independent.

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

I have lived in Northbridge for the last 19 years with my family – my husband and two teenage children. My children are the 5th generation of the family to live in Northbridge. I love living so close to the city and so close to sea and bushland with an ever-increasing number of native birds and animals including wallabies and echidnas.
My favourite places in the Willoughby LGA are Flat Rock Gully bushland and walking tracks, Clive Park, the Willoughby Leisure Centre (where I have been a member for 14 years), and Top Speed Thai on Penshurst Street (I think that might be 4).

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

I am running as part of the LIFE team with John Moratelli and Juliet Schmidt. We have come together to champion the environment as we think that the quality of our surrounding environment plays a critical role in our well-being and that of our community. I bring to the role of councillor the skills I have acquired working for not-for-profit organisations in education, training and community development for over 30 years. In the last 10 years I coordinated education and carer support programs for Motor Neurone Disease New South Wales. For the past 3
years I have been the Vice President of the Northbridge Progress Association. I also bring the community knowledge I have developed from having volunteered for many years managing my childrens’ sporting teams, band programs, and other activities

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

The construction of the Beaches Link tollway. This project will greatly impact the Sailors Bay ward during the estimated 5 years of construction and beyond. 1000’s of construction vehicles will pass through our streets during the build, creating congestion, and generating pollution, noise and vibration. Bushland will be cleared with hundreds of trees which provide habitat and wildlife corridors removed. A contaminated historical tip site which sits in the middle of a water catchment that leads to Middle Harbour will be disturbed. Toxic marine sediment will be dredged. Our homes will be tunnelled under leading to groundwater drawdown which may potentially cause cracking and subsidence. More cars on the road will lead to more pollution. I will actively oppose the Beaches Link tunnel, protect our environment and promote 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 am currently on sabbatical and, if elected to Council, will work in a part time capacity to
concentrate on representing the community

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

I am not a member of a political party and I am not involved in the real estate industry. I currently sit on the P&C committee for our local high school (Cammeraygal). I lead the Save Flat Rock Gully and Middle Harbour group that was formed to raise community awareness on the impacts of the Beaches Link tunnel and am a member of the Willoughby Wildlife Protection Association.

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

I think there is great potential to further develop the existing community advisory groups and committees that currently provide formal feedback to Willoughby Council. These include the Bicentennial and Flat Rock Gully committee that brings together bush carers, the northern suburbs netball association, the Norths baseball club and relevant progress associations. The federation of combined Progress Associations is another example I plan to make myself available to listen to the many residents and community groups which make up the community be they sporting associations, environmental groups, heritage associations, cultural groups, or progress associations.

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

We have a terrific website www.sailorsbayLIFE.org and you can follow us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/sailorsbaylife/. Or email us at info@sailorsbayLIFE.org

Hugh Eriksson

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

Councillor Hugh Eriksson, Councillor for Sailors Bay Ward, we are a group of 4 independents.

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

My family have lived in the area since 1959, I went to school locally and now raising our baby girl Adelaide here. Three places I love are Bai Yok Castlecrag, Bonds Corner Cafe Northbridge & Stoker Playground Edinburgh Rd Castlecrag.

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

I have represented our ward since 2012 in that time I have taken a keen interest in roads, parking and improving infrastructure. I intend to continue the good work our Council has undertaken over the next 3 years & continue Mayor Gail’s legacy on Council.

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

Financial management of Council’s finances post COVID and continuing to deliver new infrastructure on time.

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 Senior Policy Advisor for an industry association in the Tech Sector. I have successfully managed both being a Councillor and working full time since 2012.

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

Yes I am a member of the Liberal Party. As a Councillor I am active with all PAs. No I am not involved in the real estate industry.

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

I will continue to engage via social media, taking to residents and responding to all emails.

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

They can follow our campaign via https://www.facebook.com/CouncillorHughEriksson

 

Roy McCullagh

 

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

Roy McCullagh, running for Councillor in Sailors Bay Ward. We are a group of three Independent candidates. I am not a member of any political party.

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

I am also answering this on behalf of my teammates, Karen Borg and Joseph Mayer. I have lived in Northbridge for more than 10 years – my wife moved to Northbridge as a teenager with her parents and brother. Our children went to preschool at KU Castlecrag, primary school in Northbridge and now attend high schools in Willoughby and Chatswood. I have been involved with many local organisations over the years, including Northbridge Football Club and St Philip Neri Church. I teach Ethics at Willoughby Primary School, and co-host The Men`s Table in Northbridge. My favourite places in Sailors Bay Ward include Northbridge Baths and Oval, the walking trails in Castlecrag and Willoughby Leisure Centre. For social activities I enjoy a beer at The Northbridge Hotel and the wonderful variety of restaurants that we have to choose from in the area. Karen grew up in Castlecrag and now lives in Willoughby. Karen is passionate about Sailors Bay Ward, enjoys long walks in the area with friends, and juggles her corporate role as a CEO with running the Willoughby South Progress Association. Joseph has lived in Northbridge from a young age. He is a keen contributor to our team and is working hard on behalf of the youth of our Ward. He is a keen environmentalist, a member of The Men’s Shed and founder of a new start-up company. Joseph is also passionate about caring for others, and is instrumental in ensuring those less fortunate have a hot meal at home and a blanket to keep them warm.

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

I was originally invited by a current Councillor to join his team as number 3 on his ticket, together with my teammate Karen Borg. It was very exciting and an honour to be asked. The response from my community was phenomenal and it made me realise that residents were ready for new faces and a fresh approach, and perhaps we could bring that change to our Ward. Unfortunately, that version of our team dissolved and after a lot of soul searching and conversations with my lovely family, Team Roy was formed with Karen as my Number 2 and Joseph as our third team member.

I am running so I can make a difference. I aim to work very closely with the incumbent Councillors (many of whom have worked tirelessly on Council throughout the lockdown, and have extended the hand of friendship throughout this campaign), new Councillors, and the new Mayor.

I will respond to our residents’ queries, meet with them and help in every way that I can. I will take a balanced approach to issues and present them to Council, so they are fairly heard and debated.

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

I passionately support the “Stop The Tunnels” campaign. The tunnels will have a catastrophic impact on our environment and quality of life. I consider this to be the most significant issue impacting us, outside of the issues that we can control as a Council. I will do everything in my power as Councillor – and within the confines of Council – to ensure the best outcome possible for residents and the local area.

My only other focus will be on local issues: the environment, road safety, rates, rubbish, jobs, supporting local businesses and sporting facilities. I believe the Council needs to be more answerable to the community; trust needs to be regained; and the quality of service provided to rate payers should be overhauled.

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 Executive Officer of a global company. I have successfully held senior roles throughout my career, in addition to holding positions on boards. I am fastidious with time management and planning and will strike the right balance needed between Council activities, work commitments and 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?

No, I am not a member of a political party. No, I am not involved in the real estate industry .

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

 I will primarily engage with the Willoughby community face to face, over the phone and through personalised prompt responses to emails and social media.

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

 We have a great facebook page :

https://www.facebook.com/teamroy2021

 Our detailed platform issues can be found at

www.teamroy.com.au

 I also have my Whats App Team Roy Supporters Group which everyone can join if they text me on 0428 117 321 .

John Moratelli

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

My name is John Moratelli and I am running for Councillor in Sailors Bay Ward as the lead candidate for the Local Indendents For our Environment:LIFE team. I am running as an independent.

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

I have lived in Castlecrag with my family for over 25 years. Three places I love are the Northern Escarpment of Castlecrag near where I live, the Middle Harbour foreshore, and Northbridge Baths.

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

I am standing because I think our Council can do a better job protecting our environment and heritage, supporting local business, and engaging with our community. I am also standing because I believe that it’s important to have independents free of party affiliation and party- political ambition as councillors. I bring legal skills, experience as President of the Willoughby Environmental Protection Association and a committee member of the Castlecrag Progress Association, a respect for science, a commitment to evidence-based decision-making, and an ability to listen.

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

The constant threats to our environment, heritage, and wellbeing, whether it be from unsuitable development, infrastructure such as the Beaches Link Tunnel which ignores less damaging alternatives, over-reliance on motor vehicles, poor waste management, or climate change; and the failure of Council to effectively engage with and inform the community to address those threats. The team I lead has developed policies which help address these challenges and which can be found on our website – www.sailorsbayLIFE.org – which I hope to test and refine via an effective community engagement strategy.

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 senior lawyer at Legal Aid NSW specialising in consumer law. I am currently working part time as a transition to retirement and plan to retire if elected 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?

I am not a member of a political party, nor am I involved in the real estate industry. I am President of the Willoughby Environmental Protection Association and a member of the committee of the Castlecrag Progress Association.

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

I plan to make myself available to listen to the many residents and community groups which make up the community be they sporting associations, environmental groups, heritage associations, cultural groups, or progress associations. I also want to develop an effective community engagement strategy to assist with Council
decision making as Council doesn’t seem to have an effective strategy currently. Such a strategy itself needs to be developed in collaboration with the community and early in the term of the new Council.

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

Via our website – www.sailorsbayLIFE.org ; our email – info@sailorsbayLIFE.org; and our
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/sailorsbayLIFE

 

Juliet Schmidt

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

My name is Juliet Schmidt and I am running for Councillor in Sailors Bay Ward as the number 3 candidate for the Local Independents For our Environment: LIFE team. I am running as an independent.

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

I have lived in Northbridge since 1997. During that time, I have been an active volunteer, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, at the school uniform shop, canteen and P&C committees. I am a community minded parent whose children attended the local state school from K-6. The places in the LGA I love are: Clive park in Northbridge, sitting on ’The Rock’ and looking over pristine Middle Harbour; bushland in Flat Rock Gully where I walk with my family and friends; and the pool at Willoughby Leisure Centre where I enjoy swimming laps.

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

Sustainability. Standing to leave our environment a better place – think globally think locally. In early 2019 I started the Northbridge Sustainability Group to encourage residents to “Think Globally by acting Locally”; – focusing on reducing waste, encouraging recycling, and donating items to stop them ending in landfill. The group runs a Facebook page, organises e-waste collection for locals and loans out reusable kids’ party kits for the community. I have partnered with local council on a number of sustainability initiatives such as encouraging local cafes to swap to paper straws and use reusable coffee cups. I am standing to support John Moratelli and Kristina Dodds because I believe local government is important, not only in itself, but in influencing state and federal governments. I am also standing because too many of our representatives represent their political party and not their local community.

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

I see sustainability as an enormous challenge which needs to be addressed and want to see Willoughby City become a showcase in this respect. I am so excited to be addressing this challenge by supporting and working with John and Kristina, committed candidates who have developed meaningful policies and have a proven record of walking the talk.

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

I am a retired Registered Nurse and Midwife and passionate sustainability advocate who will carry that passion into 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 am not a member of a political party or involved in the real estate industry. I am the founder and member of the Northbridge Sustainability Group and a member of the Willoughby Environmental Protection Association.

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

By listening, engaging in open discussion, and making myself available.

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

By going to our fantastic website www.sailorsbayLIFE.org; following us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/sailorsbaylife; or emailing us at info@sailorsbayLIFE.org

 

WEST WARD

 

Craig Campbell

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

I am Craig Campbell, standing for Mayor as well as standing for re-election as a Councillor for West Ward. I am standing as an independent and am self-funding the campaign so that I can act independently in the best interests of the community if elected.

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

We moved into the Willoughby LGA 8 years ago.  We’ve never looked back – it’s a great community, full of life, and we love it.  Plus it has much better bin service than our previous LGA.  Three places I love in Willoughby are the walking trails along the Lane Cove River over in West Ward, the old historical neighbourhoods in Chatswood, Willoughby, and Artarmon, and the great spots on the coast along Middle Harbour.  I also love our local businesses.

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

I am standing because I love this community and want to continue the good work we’ve done this Council term—to deliver the projects we have in the pipeline, to continue building Willoughby into the best place to work and live on the North Shore, and to improve where we can.  I will be bringing a community-based approach together with my business background and my experience on Council with 2 terms as Deputy Mayor.  I want to lead our economic recovery and ensure that the Council remains financially stable and responsible.  My children are also involved with the Chatswood Rangers, Norths basketball, Scouts, and attend local schools. I know the importance of our open space and a community focus for our public facilities.

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

COVID cut a disruptive swathe through our area, affecting our businesses and also leaving a massive hole in our revenues — $20 million and counting, so managing this in a way that keeps our services running smoothly and delivers our projects will be a challenge.  I plan to use my business experience, particularly in turn-around situations to get us out of this with a balanced budget—without raising rates.  That will mean some hard choices, and these decisions are vital to support the ongoing investments and projects that are already underway to improve our public facilities and open space.  The impact of COVID has also been devastating for our local businesses, and I want to revitalise our local centres and businesses to get them back on their feet.  We also need to keep firm on our new zoning plans to keep density around the transport hubs and push back on overdevelopment, and we need to continue our push to improve our resident customer service to make dealing with Council transparent and easy.

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 business owner in the industrial machinery industry, responsible for employees all around Australia.  I have been successful in my business, and I have a great team in place to keep it that way.  I have approached my Council duties as any typical working parent would – working very hard at making time where I can and delegating support & resources where I cannot.  This would also be my approach as mayor. Whilst I can do a lot, I would like to also leverage the vast knowledge and support we have with the council team.  I am fortunate that my business’ success and my great team allows me to be flexible so I can dedicate my time to serving the residents of Willoughby.

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 involved in the Chatswood West Progress Association for many years, serving as Treasurer before being elected.  I was also the president of the Mowbray Public School P&C and on the board of my children’s preschool prior to that.  I am a member of the Liberal Party, but not endorsed, so I am free to act as I see fit.  I am not involved in the real estate industry, nor with any developers.

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

I have found the more ways, the better.  I actively support the progress associations; I happily take feedback from residents through various channels including the committees I participate in, and I am accessible on social media.  My phone number and email are publicly listed, and I am always happy to listen.

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

The best source of info is my website:  www.craigformayor.com.au.  I am also on Facebook under Craig for Mayor.

Jam Xia

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

My name is Jam Xia, I am running as an independent candidate in the West Ward for Willoughby City Council. My Group is registered as Group A on the ballot paper.

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

My connection to Willoughby started 6 years ago when I moved into the Chatswood area with my family. We decided to leave Victoria in 2015 because I received an offer for a new job opportunity and an offer for study at the same time. I immediately fell in love with Chatswood.  It’s the feeling of a modern business hub blended with a lovely community.

My favorite place in our LGA would be the Willoughby Museum on Johnson Street. I love looking at the photos and reading the stories because it takes me into the timeline and the moment.

Beauchamp Park would be my second favorite place in the LGA. It’s a short walk from Chatswood CBD and the peacefulness in the morning brings me positive feelings.

Chatswood Chase is also a place that I love in the LGA because it has fresh produce, Medical professionals, and multiple food selections. The convenience here in Chatswood is attracting more and more young families here.

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

I am standing as a candidate in this election because helping businesses and our communities thrive is a priority for me. Small Businesses around us are your everyday mum and dad businesses. They are the businesses that care about the well-being of the community by investing in the future of its local area. By bringing our local residents into our local businesses we are building a vibrant and engaged community.

All the little things add up and every bit counts to form a well-connected community. Here is what community means to me: Do you know that feeling when you are walking down the street, and a stranger smiles at you and it brightens up your whole day? Remember when you were pulling out of your driveway to a narrow street and your neighbour gives you way to leave the premises, and a thank you wave was exchanged? Recall a time when you were in need of some help and all your family and close friends live an hour’s drive from you? Who was there to give you a hand? I am sure it was one of your neighbours.

I would like to bring the community together via sporting events, weekend classes, and kid’s activities. I want to create an atmosphere where individuals feel more connected to their environment and to the people in it.

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

Sustainable growth is the main concern of most modern cities. It’s about balancing the development and maintaining the beauty of nature. Chatswood is at a crossroad with developments and losing some of the spacious areas. As your voice for our west ward, I would like to bring the balance into the discussion.

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

I am working as a local business banker in Chatswood, and it’s my commitment that I would be using my weekends in the community and weekday nights in council meetings.

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 Liberal party. I am not involved in the real estate industry and I am a member of the Chatswood West Ward Progress Association.

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

Attending local community meetings in the west ward and providing updates from the council meetings.

As a resident living in strata communities and a strata committee member for 5 years, I understand some of the struggles strata communities face.

I want to use my passion and advocacy to communicate with key stakeholders in these communities.

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

The Website: JamCares.com.au

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JamThrivingBusiness

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Brendon Zhu

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

I’m Brendon Zhu and a current Councillor on Willoughby City Council. I am running for re-election in West Ward on Craig Campbell’s ticket in Group B. I am running as an Independent and am not endorsed by any political party.

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

I was first elected to Willoughby City Council in 2017 on Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney team. I have lived, worked and studied in the Willoughby local government area. This includes at a law firm and completing my accreditation as a solicitor at the College of Law in St Leonards. My three favourite places in our local government are our community libraries, bush trails and the eclectic choices of cuisines to have a meal!

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

I am standing as a candidate as I bring my experience as a current Councillor to provide stability for our community and the local economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. During this current term on Council, we have made positive steps that I want to see come to fruition. This includes net zero carbon emissions by 2025 and 100% renewable energy targets for Council by 2022. I also bring my legal experience to Council’s decision making and am an enthusiastic supporter of community events, which I look forward to attending when they return.

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

The biggest issues facing our electorate include ensuring that our public infrastructure and facilities match community expectations and needs. I support the upgrades to the swimming pool at the Willoughby Leisure Centre, Gore Hill Stage II project with new basketball and netball courts, upgrades to parks and community libraries, and streetscape renewal projects.

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 the Manager of Industrial Relations and Legal Policy at Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia, the peak body for hospitality in Australia. This is also relevant to my duties on Council in developing policy and ensuring that our local centres remain vibrant and viable for small business. This provides additional perspective in Council’s decision-making and I will manage these duties as I have already done so in this current term.

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. During my time as a Councillor, I have been an honorary member of various progress associations and attend their general meetings. I am not involved with the real estate industry.

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

I maintain my Facebook page with over 2,000 followers to engage with the Willoughby community about various initiatives and to conduct community consultation.

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

You can stay up to date with the campaign here: www.facebook.com/CouncillorBrendonZhu

Main photo credit: Martin Ollman/Getty Images

 

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