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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

Councillor Morris is currently on leave of absence. For enquires please contact 9911 3541.

​Councillor Scott Bennison

Ward:

West

Phone:

 0402 406 241

Public Email:

 sbennison@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Public Email:

www.scottbennison.com

Background:

I was born and raised in Wellington NSW and moved to Sydney in 1986 to pursue a career in Accounting after spending some time living in Newcastle and Melbourne.

I met my lovely wife in Sydney and was married in 1993 where we moved to Lane Cove in 1996 and have lived here since.

I became a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and shortly afterwards established a financial services firm in Lane Cove, Infinity Financial. Our firm has expanded since that time employing about 10 staff and providing additional services in Financial Planning, Lending and Audit.

I joined the Lane Cove Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer in 2002 and became President in 2005 until my election onto Lane Cove Council in 2008.

This is my second term as an endorsed Liberal Councillor and I will be seeking a third term at the upcoming elections in September this year for a third term to pursue the initiatives that have been created during this term of Council.

I was Mayor from 2012-2013 and was successful elected as treasurer of Local Government NSW (NGNSW) in October 2015.

I am currently the Vice President of Northern Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) and the Treasurer of Local Government NSW (LGNSW) the peak body representing Councils across NSW.

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 small business owner in Lane Cove and professionally acting for a large number of small businesses, I understand the challenges that face small business in an environment of ever-changing government policies at all levels of Government.

Small businesses are important to our community as they provide essential goods and services we rely on daily basis.

Why I ran for a third term:

The proposed amalgamation of Lane Cove Council with the City of Ryde and Hunters Hill puts all what we love about Lane Cove at risk.

In my professional capacity as a Chartered Accountant and Auditor I reviewed the proposal prepared by the NSW State Government to merge Lane Cove with the City of Ryde and Hunters Hill Councils and concluded that the proposal was floored in many resects. I was not alone in my conclusions, Professor Percy Alan and Brian Dollery also concluded simular finding.

I made many attempts as Councillor to meet with the former Premier Mike Baird to discuss alternative models that would meet the efficiency objectives of the State Government while retaining the autonomy of Lane Cove Council, however these were all refused.

I felt no there was no alternative but to challenge the proposal.

The NSW State Government business case was based on a report prepared by KPMG that they refused to release. I sough access to this report through the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) and was successful in obtaining the report titled 'Option Analysis' (refer to the following links).

https://omny.fm/shows/the-alan-jones-breakfast-show/alan-jones-scott-bennison

http://www.scottbennison.com/forced-amalgamation/

On the 16 May 2016 at a meeting of Council I sought support from your elected Councillors to take legal action against the proposed merger with the City of Ryde and Hunters Hill. This was successful however not all Councillors supported my motion.

We lost that case and I sought support to appeal that decision and again simular to last time it was supported but not by all Councillors.

I estimated that the cost to initiate the legal action, appeal that decision and if necessary appeal to the High Court would cost approximately $20 per rate payer. If we amalgamate our rates would most likely increase by up to 30% or about $190pa per rate payer.

Recently I sought support again the support of Council to, if necessary, appeal to the High Court and also to have poll at the elections in September to determine our resident's supports the merger with the City of Ryde and Hunters Hill.

I was supported by the majority of councillors however there were some who did not support the appeal to the high court or allowing our residents to have their say.

I note that the State Government recently announced that it would not be pursuing amalgamations that were currently the subject to legal proceedings.

The Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) continually increases our housing targets and as a result puts undue pressure on our existing infrastructure.

Interests:

I enjoy playing tennis, riding my Harley Fat Boy, and have a pyrotechnics licence (fireworks).

I support closing the gap strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander that allow self determination.

Current Positions:

Director of Infinity Financial and Infinity Wealth

Councillor of Lane Cove Council

Deputy President of Northern Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC)

Council representative of Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP)

Treasure of Local Government NSW (LGNSW)

Council representative of Lane Cove Councils Internal Audit committee

Former Positions:

Mayor of Lane Cove Council

Non-executive Director of Admiralty Resources NL

Chairperson of the Audit and risk Committee – Admiralty Resources NL

President of Lane Cove Chamber of Commerce

Treasurer of Lane Cove Chamber of Commerce

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) and in New Zealand

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

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 time P&C membership)