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Councillors

 

​Councillor Pam Palmer (Mayor)

Ward:

East

Phone:

0431 959 980

Public Email:

ppalmer@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

Reading, yoga, skiing, hiking, family and volunteering

Background:

Bachelor of Science; Graduate Diploma in Finance

I worked professionally as a management consultant, specialising in IT solutions for the insurance and banking sector.

I am currently a (public and private) company director.

I have lived in Greenwich since I married Mark in 1988 and we have two children. Lane Cove is a wonderful community which values both its natural and built environment. In return, many residents participate in preserving the bushland, actively enjoying its foreshore areas and valuing its community facilities.

Why I stood for Council:

Over the past 20 years I have served on many local committees which promote the development of our community.

I stood for Council to further those efforts - to ensure that Lane Cove provides a wonderful environment and quality facilities for everyone to enjoy. I have a special interest in improving services. 

Since my election to Council in 2008, I've made every effort to give the task my full commitment because the issues are important.

It is a great honour to be entrusted to represent my community and, with your support, to advocate strongly for the Lane Cove area.  I fully understand that support comes with an expectation that I will work hard to represent your issues. 

I encourage residents to contact me with any concerns or suggestions they may have. 

I serve on the following committees: -

  • Lane Cove Access Committee
  • Cameraygal Festival Committee
  • Lane Cove Historical Society
  • NSW Metropolitan Public Libraries Association Inc (alternate)
  • Shorelink Committee (alternate)
  • District Bushfire Management Committee
  • Lane Cove Recreation Precinct Committee
  • Council Selection Committee        
  • Internal Audit Committee (alternate)
  • Marjorie Propsting Memorial Library Consultative Forum
  • Bushland Management Advisory Committee
  • Age-Friendly Advisory Committee    

Organisations associated with:

  • Greenwich Memorial Community Centre Association (President)
  • Greenwich Hub (Vice-President)

Previous Affiliations:

Greenwich Sailing Club, Greenwich Community Pre-school (President), Greenwich Public School Council (President), Greenwich Community Association (president)

Councillor Deborah Hutchens

Ward:

Central

Phone:

0422 174 730

Public Email:

dhutchens@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

Music, art, tennis, gardens, animals, fitness, opera

Background:

I was born in South Australia and have lived in Longueville for 30 years. I have a husband, 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren. I have worked in IT, construction, HR and teacher's aide for children with intellectual disabilities. On P&C Wenora School. I am a qualified hair dresser. Active in the local community organisations for over 20 years.  

Why I stood for Council:

Being community minded, I want to contribute to our Lane Cove residents and support their concerns by making responsible decisions in the areas of recreation, open space, infrastructure and financial security, for the future of Lane Cove to ensure a great place to live for all age groups.

Organisations associated with:

Red Shield Appeal

Heart Foundation

Sydney Community Services

Longueville Tennis Club

Longueville Sporting Club

Member of Lane Cove Historical Society

Member of Lane Cove Art Society

Previous Affiliations:

Community Representative - North Shore Local Area Command

President, Longueville/Northwood Liberal Branch

​Councillor Katherine Morris

Ward:

Central

Phone:

0425 233 099

Public Email:

kmorris@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

​Councillor Scott Bennison

Ward:

West

Phone:

 0402 406 241

Public Email:

 sbennison@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

When I am not attending to council matters, I enjoy playing tennis, riding around on my Harley Fat Boy, and love setting off fireworks (pyrotechnics).

I also have a personal interest in closing the gap for Aboriginal people and currently work closely with a number of Aboriginal communities assisting them with Native Title, employment and business ownership strategies.

Background:

I am a country boy at heart, born and raised in the inland town of Wellington NSW.  At the age of 17, I left school to begin my first job at the Dubbo abattoirs. I then moved to Melbourne in 1983 where I completed my HSC before moving to Newcastle in 1986.

Arriving in Sydney in 1988, I began my professional career in accounting, completing an Accounting degree and Professional Year Program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Moving to Lane Cove with my wife Julia in 1996, I then became a partner in a Lane Cove based financial services firm, Infinity Financial in 2001.

My keen interest in civil service then led me to become a member of the Lane Cove Chamber of Commerce in 2002. There I was elected Treasurer and subsequently President in 2005. I also ran for Council in 2004 and was successful in my second running in 2008. I was delighted to serve during these times as Councillor for Central Ward.

One of the reasons I ran for Council in 2004 was in support for the proposed Market Square complex consisting of a Woolworths’ supermarket, new specialty shops, new library and additional car parking.

I am a small business owner, Lane Cove resident and qualified business and accounting professional.  I believe as a Liberal candidate, I can make a positive difference to residents of Lane Cove providing for local needs such as more amenable car parking and community facilities.

Why I stood for Council:

I stood again for council in 2008 because like many other residents was frustrated with the lack of car parking in Lane Cove and the decline of small business in Lane Cove.

As a Liberal we support small business and understand that small business is the backbone to our community. Lane Cove needs facilities and infrastructure that support small business and meet the needs of its residents.

I believe that with my skills and qualifications I able to contribute to the community to support small business and make Lane Cove the best place for residents to live.

Memberships:

Institute of Chartered Accountant

Liberal Party of NSW

Count Financial Ltd – Authorised Representative
CEFA (Constitutional Education Foundation Association)

Education:

Bachelor of Business (major in Accounting)

Professional Year Program – Institute of Chartered Accountants

Diploma in Financial Planning

Professional Qualifications:

Chartered Accountant

Financial Planner

Registered Company Auditor (ASIC)

Justice of the Peace

Registered Tax Agent

Licensed Pyrotechnical Operator

​Councillor Karola Brent (Deputy Mayor)

Ward:

Central

Phone:

0438 546 662

Public Email:

kbrent@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

Family; arts, literature and theatre; sports including athletics, dance and swimming; women's equality issues; social progress; small business welfare; charity work.

Background:

I have lived in Lane Cove since 2003 with my husband and 3 children. I have over 7 years of professional experience in the Management Consulting and IT Industries. I hold a BA in Communications and Marketing from the University of California at Berkeley and am currently completing a Master of Arts at the University of Sydney.

Why I stood for Council:

I stood for Council to represent our community outside of party politics, and to give a voice on Council to families with young children.

Organisations associated with:

Lane Cove West P & C Association

Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society

Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) Sydney

Northern Suburbs Little Athletics Club

Art Gallery of NSW

Oasis Youth Foundation

​Councillor David Brooks-Horn

Ward:

East

Phone:

0450 288 072

Public Email:

dbrookshorn@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Councillor Andrew Zbik 

Ward:

West

Phone:

0411 894 788

Public Email:

azbik@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

Background:

Why I stood for Council:

Organisations associated with:

Councillor Frances Vissel 

Ward:

East

Phone:

0400 891 895

Public Email:

fvissel@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

​Councillor Daniel Strassberg

Ward:

West

Phone:

0407 898 224

Public Email:

dstrassberg@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

My family; P & C activities at my children's School and local sporting clubs; Experiencing new cultures and ways of life through travel; AFL; and being a great dad.

Background:

My wife and I have lived in Lane Cove since 1999 and we have two children who attend local public schools. I have a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and am a CPA. I have worked in financial management and control for the past 16 years for a number of major global organisations. Currently I am the Chief Operating Officer for a global FinTech company. This my second term as a Lane Cove councillor representing West Ward.

Why I stood for Council:

The desire to give back to the community of Lane Cove. Lane Cove is my home, my community. I would like my children, when they grow up, to have Lane Cove as their community too. Lane Cove has a unique village atmosphere, bush surrounds and open spaces, and we must ensure this is retained as the heart and sole of the community.

Organisations associated with:

Lane Cove West Public School P & C (Life tim P7C membership)