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Councillors

 

Councillor Deborah Hutchens, Mayor

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 20 years. I have adult children. I have worked in the Computer, Building and Construction Industries and as a teachers aide for high school students with intellectual disabilities, and was also on the P & C at Wenona School.

Why I stood for Council:

Being community minded, I want to contribute to the future welfare of the residents of Lane Cove. I want to see the Lane Cove municipality grow, but have sensible and responsible decisions made in relation to finances, traffic flow, roads, recreations facilities and care for the aged.

Organisations associated with:

North Shore Local Area Command Community Safety Precinct Committee - community representative on the for 10 years.

Longueville / Northwood NHW - committee member of for nearly 20 years.

Red Shield Appeal

Heart Foundation

Longueville Tennis Club

Longueville Sporting Club

Pottery Gardens Retirement units - Board member
Carisbrook Historic House - Advisory Committee member
Age Friendly Advisory committee member
Member of Lane Cove Historical Society

Patron of Lane Cove Swim Club
Patron of Lane Cove Country Club

Northside Community Aid - Board member

Previous Affiliations:

President - Longueville / Northwood Branch, Liberal Party

Councillor Marc Gold, Deputy Mayor

Ward:

West

Phone:

0422 339 884

Public Email:

mgold@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

Ten-pin bowling, travel, American politics, and keeping a close eye on the state of the global and Australian economy

Background:

I am a life-long resident of Lane Cove and have always been community-minded. I support a range of local charities and undertake as much volunteer work as I can.

Professionally, I have worked in Sales and Marketing for over 12 years - currently employed as a Sales Manager for a global hotel chain based in the CBD.

Why I stood for Council:

I first stood for council in 2008 because I believed that Lane Cove needed a change. It also, in my view, required a burst of new energy and youthful representation.

Since school age, and reconfirmed as a staffer for former Federal Opposition Leader Dr Brendan Nelson MP, I realised my passion for public service and genuine concern for community care.  I ran for Council again in 2012 to provide Lane Cove with a heightened level of sensible representation and a back to basics approach to local governance.

I believe that with my skills, qualifications, and tireless commitment to our community, I will help to ensure that Lane Cove develops into an increasingly enjoyable, safe and desirable place to call home.

Organisations associated with:

Liberal Party of Australia

Previous Affiliations:

I have previously held the position of Vice President for the Lane Cove Chamber of Commerce

 

​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

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 Soo-Tee Cheong

Ward:

Central

Phone:

0414 880 707

Public Email:

stcheong@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

Architecture, gardens, tennis, walking

Background:

Matriculated - Fort Street Boys High School

Bachelor of Architecture - University of NSW

Diploma of Town & Country Planning - Sydney University

Practicing Architect in NSW and QLD

Why I stood for Council:

To serve the local community and to contribute my experience and knowledge to make Lane Cove a most desirable place to live.

Organisations associated with:

Fellow of Australian Institute of Architects

St Thomas Church, North Sydney

Life Member of Australian Chinese Community Association of NSW

Liberal Party of Australia, NSW

Honorary Architect and Advisor to numerous churches, charitable and community organisations in Australia, China and Malaysia

​Councillor David Karpin AM

Ward:

East

Phone:

9911 3541

Public Email:

dkarpin@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

Reading, horse racing, bridge, neuroscience.

Background:

Mining Company Executive and Director, Professor of Management.

Why I stood for Council:

To give back to the community that has been so good to me.

Organisations associated with:

Neuroscience Research Australia

Previous Affiliations:

Rio Tinto Ltd

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Melbourne School of Business

Racing Victoria Ltd

​Councillor Pam Palmer

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 Daniel Strassberg

Ward:

West

Phone:

0407 898 224

Public Email:

dstrassberg@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

Interests:

My family; P & C activities at Lane Cove West Public School; 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 Willoughby Girls High School and Lane Cove West :Public School. I have a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and am a CPA. I have worked in financial management and control for the past 16 years in a number of major global organisations. Currently I am a small business owner operating my own professional services company in Lane Cove.

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:

Rotary Club of Lane Cove

Lane Cove West Public School P & C