The Ku-ring-gai local government election is coming up on Saturday December 4, and it is compulsory to vote.

For the Ku-ring-gai 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 Ku-ring-gai Council:

  • Comenarra Ward
  • Gordon Ward
  • Roseville Ward
  • St Ives Ward
  • Wahroonga Ward

Not sure which ward you are in? Type in your address to find out your Ward or download the Ward street map(PDF, 1MB).

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.

COMENARRA WARD

Jayamala Gupte

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

Jayamala Gupte, Comenarra Ward, Independent.

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.  

A long-term resident of Ku-ring-gai for more than 21 years, Jayamala loves living in Pymble. Its leafy green streets, tall-sheltering trees, spacious parks, and the vibrant West Pymble shops have an enduring charm. She enjoys swimming at the Ku-ring-gai Leisure Centre and the concerts at Wahroonga Park.

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

Jayamala knows firsthand the frightening experience of the 2019 bushfire threats and living through the need to pack her two children and the dog and be ready to move out of her Pymble home within the hour. The distress felt hearing those helicopters overhead, the smoke-laden air, and seeing the pink retardant being sprayed on homes is a vivid memory that drives her desire to advocate for improved bushfire planning, preparedness and community bushfire support while protecting and enjoying our treasured local natural environment. These issues are particularly important to Comenarra residents.

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

During this pandemic and as healthcare professionals, both Jayamala and Kay are keen on improving and maintaining the safety and health of all residents of Comenarra. They are very aware how environmental factors influence mental and physical health and well-being. We are keen on improving local sporting and recreational facilities, and in enhancing and protecting a clean, sustainable and safe natural environment. Jayamala’s daughter has been a netballer at Canoon Courts, South Turramurra, and the family has enjoyed cycling and the many local parks of Ku-ring-gai. Jayamala has enjoyed the local West Pymble Aquatic centre and Kay and her boys play at the parks nearby. Kay and Jayamala want to advocate for adding to Ku-ring-gai’s open space and providing more facilities for the area. Kay and Jayamala are keen to be involved in the Urban Forest strategy. Another factor that has really come into focus through the pandemic is the importance of supporting local business. Jayamala and Kay both seek to combine local government and their desire to support local businesses to reopen and get revitalised. They hope as a team they can serve Comenarra’s local community to increase its overall lifestyle and quality of life. 

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

As the lead candidate Jayamala, if elected, considers her council position as her main job and will be fully focussed on being a strong advocate for the rights of all residents in Ku-ring-gai.

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

It’s important to note that in Ku-ring-gai there is no candidate pre-selection by the leading political parties so candidates who might be members of those political parties are not endorsed or Party funded and stand as independents. Jayamala is an unendorsed Liberal Party member. The NSW Local Government Act requires all elected councillors to make independent decisions, not beholden to any political party platform. Jayamala and Kay are self-funding their campaign from their personal savings and are not accepting any political donations so that every resident can be confident that they are voting for candidates who are beholden to no one.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

We want to be inclusive of all groups and voices and will try our best to gather the widest views not just those who protest the loudest. We will also take a collaborative approach to ensure Ku-ring-gai Council can move forward on strategic decisions affecting us all as residents. Grass roots democracy is so important at a time of so much fake news and authentic and transparent communication as meet and greet in person as well as prompt reply on emails will help the community engage with us.

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

Residents can email us on campaignforcomenarra@gmail.com to set up meet and greet times; ask for more information, such as a postal vote application form which we can drop off to them; discuss their ideas on what concerns them about living and working in Ku-ring-gai. We also be reaching out through social media. People can also read the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Post editions for our candidate profiles by clicking these links: https://www.hkpost.com.au/ku-ringpgai-council/jayamala-gupte

Our detailed brochure and a How-to-Vote Card will also be arriving in the mail by mid-November to all homes in Comenarra.

 

Jeff Pettett

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

Jeff Pettett Comenarra Ward 100% independent and not a member of a political party

  1. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

Resident for 15 years and involved with coaching, umpiring and previously playing baseball in the Ku-ring-gai area. Three places that are great to visit are the Fox Valley neighbourhood centre with its wide variety of eateries and wonderful friendly atmosphere, Echo Point Park in Roseville Chase which is a fantastic place by the water and finally Wahroonga Park is just a great spot for a picnic or just to relax there.

  1. Why are you standing as a candidate in the Ku-ring-gai local government election? What would you bring to our community?

Running for a third term as councillor for Comenarra ward. I bring 9 nine years of experience and wealth of knowledge in how to get the best outcomes for the residents.

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

The loss of precious open space and the proliferation units into the quiet residential areas. It is important to stand up for what the community wants and what is best for the community.

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

Financial Controller and I have been able to balance the demands of my work with role and responsibilities of being a councillor. My work allows me to carry out my councillor duties without any hindrances.

  1. 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 with the Kissing Point Progress Association for the past nine years. Also I have no involvement with the real estate industry.

  1. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

Currently I am available to meet and talk with the residents about any issues they have at whatever time suits them best and will continue to do so. I meet up with community groups that have issues that they need help with and will continue to do so.

  1. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the Ku-ring-gai local government election?

People can get campaign updates via Facebook.

Kay Smede

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

Kay Smede, Comenarra Ward, Independent, no party membership.

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.   

Kay is a local West Pymble resident. Kay has spent her primary school years at West Pymble Public School and then attended secondary schooling at Turramurra High School. Along with her dog Bella and her two preschool boys, she enjoys getting out and exploring locally the various parks and bushland.

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

Kay a local West Pymble resident who attended the West Pymble Public School and Turramurra High School is a hospital scientist at a leading North shore Hospital. Kay’s work has been crucial during the pandemic which has reinforced to Kay what can be done to support community well-being through policy initiatives. Kay appreciates the bushland character of Pymble and the close-knit community where she feels people know her and where she feels connected to others and the environment. That’s why she loves living in Comenarra and why she wants her children to grow up and be a part of this community. 

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

During this pandemic and as healthcare professionals, both Jayamala and Kay are keen on improving and maintaining the safety and health of all residents of Comenarra. They are very aware how environmental factors influence mental and physical health and well-being. We are keen on improving local sporting and recreational facilities, and in enhancing and protecting a clean, sustainable and safe natural environment. Jayamala’s daughter has been a netballer at Canoon Courts, South Turramurra, and the family has enjoyed cycling and the many local parks of Ku-ring-gai. Jayamala has enjoyed the local West Pymble Aquatic centre and Kay and her boys play at the parks nearby. Kay and Jayamala want to advocate for adding to Ku-ring-gai’s open space and providing more facilities for the area. Kay and Jayamala are keen to be involved in the Urban Forest strategy. Another factor that has really come into focus through the pandemic is the importance of supporting local business. Jayamala and Kay both seek to combine local government and their desire to support local businesses to reopen and get revitalised. They hope as a team they can serve Comenarra’s local community to increase its overall lifestyle and quality of life. 

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

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

It’s important to note that in Ku-ring-gai there is no candidate pre-selection by the leading political parties so candidates who might be members of those political parties are not endorsed or Party funded and stand as independents. Jayamala is an unendorsed Liberal Party member. The NSW Local Government Act requires all elected councillors to make independent decisions, not beholden to any political party platform. Jayamala and Kay are self-funding their campaign from their personal savings and are not accepting any political donations so that every resident can be confident that they are voting for candidates who are beholden to no one.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

We want to be inclusive of all groups and voices and will try our best to gather the widest views not just those who protest the loudest. We will also take a collaborative approach to ensure Ku-ring-gai Council can move forward on strategic decisions affecting us all as residents. Grass roots democracy is so important at a time of so much fake news and authentic and transparent communication as meet and greet in person as well as prompt reply on emails will help the community engage with us.

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

Residents can email us on campaignforcomenarra@gmail.com to set up meet and greet times; ask for more information, such as a postal vote application form which we can drop off to them; discuss their ideas on what concerns them about living and working in Ku-ring-gai. We also be reaching out through social media. People can also read the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Post editions for our candidate profiles by clicking these links: https://www.hkpost.com.au/ku-ringpgai-council/jayamala-gupte

Our detailed brochure and a How-to-Vote Card will also be arriving in the mail by mid-November to all homes in Comenarra.

Greg Taylor

  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 Greg Taylor, I’m running for the Comenarra Ward, and am truly independent.

  1. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

Besides several years studying and working interstate and in Germany, I’ve lived in West Pymble since I was 4 years old. I have many fond memories spending time in: Bicentennial Park, playing sport, doing bush regeneration and socialising; Lane Cove National Park, hiking, doing conservation work and connecting with Nature; and, Pymble Town Hall performing and admiring the spectacular view of our special place in Sydney.

  1. Why are you standing as a candidate in the Ku-ring-gai local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I’m standing as a candidate because I’m very passionate about the community and Land that has nurtured me throughout my life. I feel it’s important to conserve this area’s natural and man-made heritage, so that future generations are able to enjoy a childhood and life here, as I have done.

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

Respect and integrity between all Council staff and Councillors would be a great first step to improving the effectivity and efficiency within our electorate. I’m a conservation manager and would like to see some of our land stewardship techniques modified so that maintenance of the unique and beautiful natural environment in Ku-ring-gai would cost our rate-payers less, and be more efficient and effective, particularly reducing risk from disastrous bushfires. I find the number of apartments going up in the Ku-ring-gai area quite concerning. I would like to be in a position to be able to assert more resistance against developers and ask that State and Federal governments are far clearer and more specific about how much housing is required to meet the immigration figures they set out, so that only as much housing is needed, is being built.

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

I have four day jobs at the moment. I am a freelance classical musician. I play the bassoon and can often be found performing in the pit at the Opera House. One day a week I teach and supervise people with intellectual disabilities doing bush regeneration. This allows them to enjoy the outdoors, learn to nurture their natural surroundings and become gainfully employed. I am a conservation manager, and work with land holders throughout NSW to help and guide them through the optimising of their soil, water and plant communities. I specialise in putting very low intensity fire into the landscape, at the right time, to care for the Land. Finally, I work in schools creating edible and medicinal gardens with the children, and educating them about the indigenous seasonal cycles, and how humans might have lived and interacted with the plants and animals around them before colonisation. This might seem like a lot, on top of performing Councillor duties, though they are all very flexible, and hours can be reduced if it is needed.

  1. 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 not a member or affiliated with any political party, and am truly independent. I am a committee member of STEP, a community-based environmental organisation. And, have no connection to the real estate industry.

  1. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

To me, being connected to the people and Land of Ku-ring-gai’s Comenarra Ward is my main priority. I will be doing all my letterbox flyer delivery in person, so I’m able to understand more about each individual electors perspective of the area. At some stage throughout the campaigning period I will stand at all the train stations and shopping centres in the Ward, to give people the opportunity to meet me and let me know what is important to them. If I were elected, I intend to continue these practices throughout my term in local government.

  1. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the Ku-ring-gai local government election?

If you’d like to get in touch with me throughout the campaigning period, please come and chat to me if you see me out and about or I can be contacted via email on greg_taylor1000@hotmail.com, where I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Boru Tumulty

  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 Boru Tumulty, I am running in the Comenarra ward as an independent and are not representing a party.

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I am a third-generation resident of Ku-ring-Gai and have lived in Pymble for over 40 years, my favourite places are Bobbin Head, Mimosa Oval and my home in Pymble.

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

I’m standing because I believe I can add a tremendous amount of modern day life and business expertise that assist Ku-ring-gai in the challenges it faces now and into the future.

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

Ku-ring-gai faces challenges in three significant areas, Children’s participation in sport, The environment and Ugly unwanted over 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 the CEO and owner. of my own Hospitality Consulting business, as such I have the flexibly freedom and senior leadership expertise to handle both roles successfully.

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 any of those group’s associations or industries I am a 100% self-funded genuine independent.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

I will use my existing already proficient consultancy skills to engage with the community as I do currently, in addition I will lobby council to do a better job at community consultation across the board, so the right decisions can be made that effect
the majority of the community not just small interest groups.

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

The best way to stay up to date is to follow my campaign page on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/candidatecomenarra Or you can write to me at
boru_tumulty@outlook.com

Roshan Wickremanayake

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

Roshan Wickremanayake, Comenarra Ward, Independent.

2.Tell us about your connection to Ku-Ring-Gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

A long term resident of Ku-Ring-Gai for more than 20 years, Roshan loves the leafy suburbs of Ku-Ring-Gai,

I like the Wahroonga Park, the South Turramurra Shopping Centre and the Beautiful parks in the Ku-Ring-Gai area.

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

I like this leafy suburb that we live in and as Charter president of the Lions club of Turramurra I have had two tree plantation projects during the last two years at Bannockburn Oval and Bradley Reserve and I will continue to plant trees and commit to planting 1000 trees in the area during my term if elected with the people in my area..

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

– I will make sure that the local businesses in the area are supported, since some are not doing so well after the pandemic.

-I will make sure that I we increase the fine for cutting down trees in our area.

-Improve sporting grounds and looking after the grounds that we already have and make sure that they are maintained.

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

As the lead candidate Roshan , if elected will consider the council position as my main job and I will focus all my time to make sure that I work and listen to the local residents and be a strong voice for them in 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?

In the Comenarra ward there are no candidates that are endorsed by any political parties, and therefore I will be running as a Independent candidate.

Roshan is a unendorsed Liberal party member. The NSW Local Government Act requires all elected councillors to make independent decisions and it is a against the NSW Act for them to caucus the councillors.

7.How do you plan to engage with the Ku-Ring-Gai community should you be elected to council?

I want to consult the community before we take any major decisions a the rate payers have the right to know.

If elected I will be your voice and you will be able to contact me at any time with any issues that you have, and I like to work with any councillors that are elected to make sure we work without having any groups.

8.How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the Ku-Ring-gai local government election.

Our detailed brochure and how -to-vote card was already sent and you would have received them by now, if not you can email me.

My email address is rwickremanayakerw@gmail.com

GORDON WARD

Peter Kelly

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

    Cr Peter Kelly, Gordon Ward, I am not a member of any political party, therefore “Independent”.
  2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

    I have lived in Ku-ring-gai since returning from China in 2010.  Three places I love:  1.  my home.  2.  149 Livingstone Ave (before it was demolished by developers).  3.  Curry Monitor in Gordon.
  3. Why are you standing as a candidate in this election? What would you bring to our community?

    I am standing for re-election by popular request.  I bring a lifetime of service, experience, plus a sense of humour.
  4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

    People running for election on a hidden platform of self-interest over a fake platform of community interest.
  5. What is your day job and how will you manage this with your duties as a Councillor should you be elected?

    I work part-time in a Sydney law firm.  I am a licensed conveyancer.  I study law at Uni of Sydney.
  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.  No.  No.  I was a licensed real estate agent about 25 years ago, but not since then.
  7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

    In the same way I always have – by being receptive to their situation, responsive and accessible.
  8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign?

    Perhaps on my Fb page, or they can call me on 0436654499.

Simon Lennon

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

Simon Richard Lennon, Gordon Ward, running as an independent.

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I grew up in Ku-ring-gai. My wife Alicia and I have lived in Gordon since 1997, raising our six children here.

3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the Ku-ring-gai local government election?

  • I want to try to relieve the pressure of high density housing on Ku-ring-gai and the rest of Sydney.
  • I want to preserve our cultural heritage, notably our old homes and the character of our streets.
  • I want to try to ensure new buildings, railway station upgrades, and other works maintain the character of their local area.
  • I want councils to preserve open spaces for sports and other recreation.
  • I want again to see theatre at Marian Street.

What would you bring to our community?

  • I bring my knowledge drawn from university degrees in science, law, commerce, and business and from a career as a corporate lawyer.
  • I also bring my knowledge and standards by being a fellow of the Australian and the international governance institutes.
  • Much of my thoughts on local government come from the seventeen years my father Richard Lennon spent as a Ku-ring-gai ward alderman and seven years as mayor of Ku-ring-gai from 1974 to 1991. If I am elected, I look forward to his continuing counsel.
  • With that knowledge, I want Ku-ring-gai to prefer hiring Ku-ring-gai residents and purchasing Australian-made product from Ku-ring-gai suppliers, all else being equal.

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

  • High density housing. I will engage with our state and federal parliamentarians to seek to reduce the new housing burden on Sydney. I will argue for cities to cease our race for the sky and cap new building heights low, ideally at four storeys.
  • Linked to that are traffic issues and declining open space. Minimising demands for more high-density housing prevents traffic problems worsening.

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

Having not renewed my legal practicing certificate in June this year, I am semi-retired, working largely from home as a consultant and company secretary. I work only a few days each week and have much flexibility as to when I work.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation?

I have been president of the Killara branch of the Liberal Party since 2001. The Liberal Party does not endorse candidates in Ku-ring-gai Council elections.

Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

I shall engage with people however they wish to engage: in person, by telephone or internet, or through social media. I participate in several Facebook discussion groups.

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

I have a website www.simonlennon.net, which I normally use for my occasional writing but I am dedicating to these elections for the course of this election campaign. My non-fiction books arose from a philosophy course I sat studying for my MBA and began as a treatise on business ethics, ultimately leading me to argue for us reviving our senses of connectedness and thus our senses of community and cultural heritage.

ROSEVILLE WARD

Jennifer Anderson

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

Jennifer Anderson, Roseville Ward, Independent. 

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I have been a resident of Ku-ring-gai for 34 years. My husband and I raised our four children in a heritage-listed home in Killara and have now downsized to Lindfield. Our suburbs are full of natural beauty, family-friendly, safe, have excellent public and private schools and a strong community spirit. There are many opportunities for volunteers to contribute their time locally and this brings great benefits to all residents, whether it be with sporting groups, charities, environmental groups, heritage groups, schools and much more. My involvement in such groups gave me representative and leadership roles that led me to local government. Three of my favourite places are Echo Point Park at Roseville Chase, Firs Cottage (also known as Sous Le Soleil) at Roseville Park and the soon-to-open Lindfield Village Green.

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

Having served continuously as a Roseville Ward Councillor for fifteen years and as mayor for six terms, I bring the experience necessary for this important role. Whilst many candidates promise a lot, I have a proven track record of delivering for the community, protecting its character and what is valued here by its residents. I have strongly voiced the views of residents against excessive development, opposed the Greater Sydney Commission dwelling targets for increased densities and won by limiting development to the capacity within existing zonings. Exercising prudent decision-making and embracing innovative strategies over the last fifteen or so years has delivered record annual capital works budgets for new and improved facilities for residents. This has been a marked turnaround from the dire situation of the early 2000s. I will continue to ensure the Council remains sustainable for the long term.

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

State Government demands for greater densities will continue to be the greatest threat to the lifestyle residents want to enjoy. Residents do not want to see their tree-lined streets and architecturally important homes decimated. They do not want to see their streets choked with increased stresses on existing infrastructure. State Government planning controls that override local Council controls are imposing even more densities in Ku-ring-gai, without us accepting any further re-zonings. Council’s award-winning Open Space Acquisition Strategy has seen Council purchase over 27,500 sq m of public open space for new or enlarged parks. Council’s goal is to acquire a total of 50,000 sq m for this purpose so we are well on the way towards reaching that target. It is this sort of innovation that is making an important difference across Ku-ring-gai. The Lindfield Village Green has completed construction with landscaping very visible now. This is going to be a fabulous result for our community. The Lindfield Village Hub project will also provide new open space and it is pleasing that at the time of writing the Council has received proposals from several proponents to make this project a reality. This significant market improvement since the original tender in 2020 signals post-Covid confidence. We are so fortunate to live in an area of exceptional environmental value and we need to protect that for future generations. I am proud to support Council’s program restoring vegetation in 38 of its highest priority bushland reserves covering over 60 hectares and the management of 150 Bushcare and Streetcare sites involving 600 volunteers. Demand for sporting facilities has increased with population growth. Council has delivered a number of significant projects, such as the Charles Bean Oval Lindfield, the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre and North Turramurra Recreation Area. The first indoor sports centre is to be constructed at St Ives with the DA under assessment. Careful financial management is needed to ensure substantial annual capital works budgets continue into the future.

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

When first elected to Council I was working in the Lindfield Office of the Hon. Dr. Brendan Nelson MP after previous positions with the University of London, the University of NSW and Lane Cove Council. Very quickly, I realised that there were so many opportunities to contribute on Council that it became a full-time role for me. I never tire of it and every day brings a new opportunity and a new challenge to improve life for our residents. 

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

I have long been a member of the Liberal Party, which does not pre-select or endorse candidates in Ku-ring-gai. Therefore, I am not a Party endorsed candidate and stand as an Independent. My record shows that my decisions are independently made and I do not hesitate to oppose Government policies if they are not in the interests of Ku-ring-gai residents. I fund my own election campaigns without any financial donations whatsoever. I have held numerous honorary positions with community based groups in the past, such as heritage organisations and the local, regional and State Council of the Federation of P&C Associations and the NSW Parents’ Council. These roles provided invaluable experience for my current role on Council. I am not involved in the real estate industry.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

Making Council my full-time role has enabled me to respond personally to resident inquiries and to accept as many invitations as possible to meet with residents at local events and in a variety of forums. Often more informal settings encourage residents to offer opinions that they may not otherwise proffer. I’ve been able to act on issues that made a difference once I became aware of them in this way. There is no matter that is too small to raise in my opinion. I was the first Ku-ring-gai mayor to establish a Facebook page for quick and open communication with residents. Whilst social media has an increasingly important place, the accuracy of some information is very questionable, if not totally inaccurate. I would encourage residents to directly email any concerns they have to me so that they can be properly followed up. They can also register their email addresses with Council to receive timely information about Council projects in their specific suburb. This enables residents to be alerted so they can be informed and have their say in a timely way. Everyone has a right to be heard.

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

Residents can email me: rosevillewardelections@gmail.com or telephone me on 0408 222 993. I have posted my election brochure on several community Facebook pages, including Ku-ring-gai Views and the Nextdoor platform. I will also be holding an information night on Wednesday 24th November at the East Lindfield Community Hall at 7pm. Numbers are limited due to Covid-safety requirements so I encourage those interested to book in by email. Entry requires proof of vaccination, masks, social distancing and hygiene protocols. Anyone who is unwell must not attend. The high vaccination rates in Ku-ring-gai mean that we are in a good position to meet with appropriate Covid plans in place.

Amanda Blackman

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

Amanda Blackman, Roseville Ward, running as an Independent

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I went to school in Ku-ring-gai, and have lived here for 28 years. Three places I love are the Swanes Gardens in Stanhope Road, Roseville Park in Clanville Road and walking through and discovering all the bush tracks that abound in our LGA.

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

As my children are now independent adults and I no longer work full time I now have the time to commit to serving the local community. I love solving problems and advocating for others and if elected I bring my extensive skills from 34 years of legal practice to that role.

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

The biggest issue I see facing our electorate relates to the huge changes that have taken place over the last 10 years or so. Lindfield Ave on the weekends was a sleepy, quiet place where parking on the street was easy but now it has become a bustling town with people, cars (and trolleys and rubbish) everywhere. I am a strong proponent of talking to the community and working with them to try and effectively deal with these issues in the most effective manner by working together with the community and not against them.

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

I am a solicitor but have now retired from full-time practice. I am a consultant to Blumberg Family Lawyers in Lindfield and provide general advice on a wide range of legal matters.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation?

I am not a member of any political party.

Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

By talking to them.

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

Website: http://roseville.online
Email: amanda@roseville.online

Mitchell Frater-Baird

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

Mitchell Frater-Baird, Roseville Ward, running as an Independent (not party endorsed)

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I have lived in Ku-ring-gai for 18 years and attended primary school in the area. Three places I feel a deep connection with are the Lane Cove National Park, the Greengate Hotel and Holy Family Church on Pacific Highway. Each place holds special significance to me, primarily because they are places the community gathers.

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

I am running with the aim of highlighting the need for better community consultation. I think that consultation and involvement is key to having a community that is invested in their local area and in turn fostering a strong sense of community.

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

I think the rapid development of the entire council area is the biggest issue. The community must be consulted. At the moment the council communication and transparency with local residents is not satisfactory. Development itself is not the problem, development without good and open communication with the community is.

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 Paralegal 5 days a week, I am available on weekends and week nights. My workplace is very supportive, and I am confident I will be able to balance my work with my duties as a councilor.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation?

I am a member of the Liberal Party but have not been endorsed by the party as a candidate.

Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

I would engage the community through a range of methods, predominately through social media aiming to provide any answers or assistance necessary. I would aim to communicate with the community as often and as directly as possible.

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

Website: http://roseville.online
Email mitch@roseville.online

Sam Ngai

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

Deputy Mayor Sam Ngai. Running for Roseville Ward as an Independent (not party endorsed)

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I have lived in Roseville, Killara, and East Lindfield for the last 34 years. I attended Roseville Public School.

I have many favourite places but the first three that come to mind are

  1. The Two Creeks Track that stretches through Lindfield, East Lindfield and Roseville Chase;
  2. Topping Plus at Lindfield, best pizza in the LGA; and
  3. St Ives Showground Playground, the kids love it.

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

In 2017 I stood for Council because I wanted to see what role Christians can play in politics. And while that motivation holds true in 2021, I now also have a stronger understanding of what is working well at Council and what needs improvement, and I am driven to contribute my corporate skills and experience to make the LGA better for the community.

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

The biggest issues go down to the basics. Council’s community consultation, governance, performance, sustainability, footpaths and open space. We will share our approach to these in the brochure that you receive in your letterbox.

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

I work four days a week in Risk and Internal Audit in the energy sector. The rest of my time (three days a week plus night times) is available for Councillor responsibilities. Councillors are remunerated $26k pa and I usually commit 20-30 hours / week.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation?

I am a member of the Liberal Party but have not been endorsed by the party for this election, and am instead running with the support of local friends. Compared to the typical party member, I place greater value on proactive climate action and showing compassion to those in need (especially refugees). I am not involved in the real estate or property development industry.

Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

Residents have found that I am very active on Facebook and that I can also be reached via email or phone.

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

Website: https://roseville.online
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CouncillorSamNgai
Instagram: @councillorsamngai
Email: sam@roseville.online

Alec Taylor

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

    Alec Taylor, Roseville ward, Independent

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I grew up in Ku-ring-gai and have lived in Lindfield since 2010. My wife and I walk all over the LGA and particularly love the Two Creeks track, Shout ridge, and the cliffs at Cliff oval, Wahroonga. 

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

I’m standing because I want to preserve and enhance our beautiful area by representing the people of Lindfield and Roseville. I would bring to council more than twenty years of business experience in strategy and planning, deep local knowledge of the ward and LGA, and a passion for working collaboratively and constructively. 


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

  • We need a functioning council that works effectively and collaborates with all stakeholders. 
  • We have a series of disused assets that could be redeveloped, but don’t have the funding to develop them all. 
  • We need to preserve the character of our area while working with the State government to grow, otherwise we risk losing control over our housing strategy

I would address these issues by listening to, and representing the views of the community. I would work collaboratively with the other councillors, council staff and the community. I believe we need a holistic perspective on redevelopment opportunities and funding, and need to reflect the preferences of residents in both planning and the housing strategy. 

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

I do casual disability support work and write novels. I also volunteer two days a week and I’m the primary carer for our household with three children. I believe being a councillor has a considerable workload and fortunately I’m in a position to dedicate the time and energy to do it well. 

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 Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

I engage with the community every day while walking the streets of Lindfield and Roseville, through interacting with friends and neighbours, by participating in local social media, and by engaging with community representatives. 

8. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the Ku-ring-gai local government election?
@AlecTaylorforRoseville www.AlecTaylorforRoseville.com

ST IVES WARD

Amanda Brien

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

Amanda Brien, St Ives Ward. I am an independent, but declaring I have a general membership to the Liberal Party.

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

My family was drawn to Ku-ring-gai by its tree-lined streets and proximity to national parks. It doesn’t feel like you’re living in the city! My three favourite places in our LGA are the Warrimoo Track, Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic centre, and the Living Room Cafe.

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

I am standing as a candidate as I believe that council is best placed to provide more/better social services for our community. I support local mental health services, education programs that raise awareness and target prevention of social issues, carer support programs, and improvements to sports grounds and parks. I bring passion, a fresh perspective to ongoing issues, collaboration and listening skills.

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

Important issues in St Ives are the ability to use sportsgrounds, infrastructure maintenance, safety (traffic) concerns, housing, space and the environment. I will continue to talk with the community, listen to concerns and ideas, review what has been done regarding these issues and what needs to be done, draw on evidence and experiences in other areas, and work with other councils and residents to find a solution for our community.

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

I work in education policy for NSW government – for you, the public. I have been on boards, committees, managing sports teams or engaged in further post-grad study and training, in addition to my work. If elected, the community engagement work as a councillor will be renewing.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation?

I am an independent candidate with a general membership to the Liberal Party. Every day, I make impartial decisions and recommendations to the government in my job, and will continue to do so for the community if elected as councillor.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

I will actively seek ideas from the community, if elected. I will hold a monthly public forum in St Ives to share information, listen to concerns and gather feedback. I will share information to online platforms for discussion.

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

Residents can follow me on Facebook or Instagram @AmandaBrienStIves.
Or you can email me at amandabrienstives@gmail.com

Yukun (Henry) Song

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 Yukun (Henry) Song and I am running in St Ives Ward as an Independent at this election. I am a member of The Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division, however I am not endorsed by the Party at this election.

2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

My family and many family friends live in Ku-ring-gai. My son studies at Knox Grammar School. Ku-ring-gai is our home.

The top three places I love are:

  1. Acron Oval at St Ives where my son and I play soccer and my wife walks Summer, a tricolour Welsh Corgi.
  2. Around the corner of Stanley Street and Mona Vale Road at St Ives where I walk every day to get coffee, food and groceries from the local businesses.
  3. Warrimoo Track at the north of St Ives Chase where the families enjoy bush walk, beautiful scenery, the sounds of nature, and even riding mountain bike.

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

I am standing as a candidate because I believe my passion and skills in communication, management and finance can help the council to make Ku-ring-bai a better place to live.

I will bring quality engagement between the council and the community, and push council’s decision-making for the benefits of local residents.

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

As the population of Ku-ring-gai is increasing, the planning and management of the area must adapt to the rising demand in sustainable development, environment maintenance, traffic control and local business support.

I will work for better governance with my over fifteen years of corporate experiences, create more opportunity for the community to get involved in planning and policy making, and provide community and local businesses better access to the benefits and resources that they deserve.

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 professional in financial services industry. As my work time is flexible and I am used to multi-tasking, doing the duties as a Councillor will not be a problem.

6. Are you a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress organisation?

I am a member of The Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division, and have campaigned in several elections throughout NSW. I am not a member of any resident action group or local progress organisation.

Are you involved in the real estate industry?

No.

7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

Once elected to the Council, I will engage with the community through frequent and effective communications to ensure that the voice of the community is heard.

I will advocate to build a culture in the council to ask and listen to the community proactively. I will make myself much approachable for the community to ask questions and raise their concerns.

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

People can visit my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/yukunix) or send me email at hysong.kuringgai@outlook.com to get latest updates of my campaign.

WAHROONGA WARD

Adrienne McLean

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

    Adrienne McLean
    Wahroonga Ward
    Independent
  2. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

    I am 4th generation Kuringai resident – my Grandparents with my Great Grandmother lived in Pymble. My parents and my grandparents on my father’s side lived in Turramurra. I was a born at the SAN and grew up on Alice Street in Turramurra and now live in North Turramurra.
    Bobbin Head
    Turramurra Memorial park
    Honeysuckle Gardens – I walked my first newborn around the gardens with my mother when it was Parkers. It is a very special memory. My mother passed away young and so this was the only time.
  3. Why are you standing as a candidate in the Ku-ring-gai local government election? What would you bring to our community?

    Over the past four years, I have met a lot of Kuringai residents through my community radio program Monday Focus – on Triple H 100.1FM. I have an amazing respect for the amazing work our community, they are busy with charities, not for profits, helping raise funds for facilities , sporting clubs, incredible professionals doing amazing things internationally. We have an incredible community in Kuringgai who deserve the best a council can offer. I will bring to council a new perspective. I am very concerned about the decision making process on council. When only 50% of the councillors need to agree on a topic for a motion to be carried, there is a major issue with decision making. I will years of experience working in continuous improvement, quality, grant writing, business development and working at the front line of process improvement. The Kuringgai Council has one of the most poor brand awareness I know of. I will attempt to help our council improve its brand awareness and try to improve the decision making processes.

    I stand for:
    Community first – supporting our community with facilities for families, sporting facilities, outdoor recreation, charity events
    Preserve our community – Balancing civic centre upgrades and preserving our community character – Appropriate development in the
    right place!
    Our environment – Support environmental measures to reduce carbon emissions and waste.
    Being connected – it is important to have good community engagement with our community leaders and groups.
  4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing our electorate and how will you address them?

    Governance and decision making: It is not fair to our community to have major decisions made by 50% of
    councillors. I do not like the fact that the Mayor gets 2 votes – it makes the role so powerful and there is evidence that decisions are being made with the mayoral vote where the community do not agree. Nor do 50% of the councillors. There needs to be a change in governance to improve this situation.

    Appropriate developments – There is a lot of commercialisation in the back streets of Turramurra and probably wider a field. We are loosing housing stock because of these commercial units where houses were. We have so many preschools and aged care facilities it is extraordinary. Although, the council is trying to sell off the bowling clubs and golf courses. The places where seniors can go for recreation. We cannot stick our seniors in aged care facilities and not have recreation facilities. To be perfectly honest, I think the town planning in Kuringgai is needing an upgrade.

    Upgrading of the Turramurra, Gordon and LIndfield civic centres needs to happen. The community do need to be involved. The communication with residents is limited and I have seen a meeting where council did not want to send a letter to the residents because it would cost too much. These projects are massive in expenditure, surely residents have a right to get a proposal in the mail detailing major changes to their town centres. It is important to upgrade the civic centres otherwise corporates go into the backstreets. There’s so much to say on this topic.

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

    I have run my business advisory, The Speakers Practice, since 2009. I help Service Professionals with marketing, promotions skills, quality and business development. Moving into being a councillor, I plan for Fridays to be my Councillor duty day. So once a week, I’ll be available for residents to contact me and I will work through emails, document reading and the other duties on that day. Of course, there are council meetings and other commitments that will need scheduling in. The other days will be my working days.

    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 a member of the North Turramurra Action Group for two years and I was on the committee from the AGM last year in November. I joined the committee because my family love North Turramurra. I have been asked to step off the committee and do not attend committee meetings any more. I cannot be a member should I be elected. My thoughts about a community group were quite different to what I have experienced. I am not connected in any way with the real estate industry or property development industry. I have NO connections with any of these industries.

    7. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

    This is a good question. Community engagement is so important. I have been running Community chats on zoom and this has proved quite successful in finding our residents views and what is worrying them. To be honest, what is worrying them is concerning me too. I would like to see a much stronger community engagement by Kuringgai Council. In some way, the perception of Kuringgai Council needs major development. I’d like to support the Small Business initiatives, being a Small Business owner. This part of Kuringgai Council is very well run.

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

    Website : www.adriennemclean.com
    Facebook Page :
    https://www.facebook.com/Nominating4WahroongaWardKMC

Kim Wheatley

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

Kim Wheatley, Wahroonga Ward, proudly running as an Independent. My unaligned position is exactly what is needed in Council

  1. Tell us about your connection to Ku-ring-gai, and name three places in our LGA that you love.

I have lived in Wahroonga for years with my family. I have children that attend school in the area. I thoroughly enjoy the local bushwalks – too many to list but the Sphinx walk is fantastic – love the beauty of Bobbin Head and I walk our dogs regularly at Turramurra Memorial Park which is a great local space.

  1. Why are you standing as a candidate in the Ku-ring-gai local government election? What would you bring to our community?

I’ve never stood for council or any political role in the past. I do strongly feel with my background in senior management positions over the past 20 years that I can bring experience, energy and professionalism to the role. I’m proactive and don’t tolerate inaction and lack of progress. For years I was a senior leader in private sector roles responsible for significant staff, overseeing and delivering annual budgets of over $100m p.a., and ensuring financial outcomes within forecast and in targeted timeframes. I strongly believe council should have a similar focus on budget and delivery.

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

Council appears to have become increasingly dysfunctional over recent months with inhouse fighting and factions evident. This is clearly stopping council being effective and working for the rate payers. This needs to stop and council must urgently move forward in a more professional manner.

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

For decades I was a senior manager overseeing major multi billion dollar property assets and portfolios in Australia and the US. This gives me substantial experience which I will bring to council. I retired several years ago after 25 years in business. I currently sit on a few committees and am chair of NSW/ACT/QLD Alpine with my daughter attending the youth olympics in January 2020 and racing for Australia. I also provide some background support to my husband’s business and have plenty of capacity (time and energy) for a council role.

  1. 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’m not a member of a political party, resident action group or local progress group. My background is predominantly running major shopping centres. I’m entering council unaligned and independent.

  1. How do you plan to engage with the Ku-ring-gai community should you be elected to Council?

I will be open and accessible to all residents. The key to my platform is to be standing at council for the residents and advocating on their behalf. It is important I hear from them and am approachable and understanding

  1. How should people follow you if they want to stay up to date with your campaign for the Ku-ring-gai local government election?

Please follow me on Facebook. My page is KMC2021 – KimandLisaforWahroonga (www.facebook.com/KimandLisaforWahroonga).

I am in Group E for much needed “Experience” in Wahroonga Ward

Main photo credit: Martin Ollman/Getty Images

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