2023 NSW Election Upper House Candidates

For parties to have a party name and voting square above the line, they must stand at least 15 candidates (and up to 21 - like Sustainable Australia Party is). That's why the NSW Legislative Council (LC) ballot paper looks like this:

Download the sample LC ballot paper here.

Every NSW voter receives the same LC ballot paper and therefore can vote 1 for Sustainable Australia Party in Group (Column) S.


Sustainable Australia Party is running 21 Legislative Council Candidates. You can contact them here and they can be found in ballot order below:

William Bourke

Crows Nest, NSW

William is president and founder of Sustainable Australia Party.

William has completed a bachelor of business (accounting and finance) and master of business (marketing). He has extensive business experience including as a partner in a marketing small business for over 10 years, and previous experience in accounting and government communications. He has travelled widely including in Asia, North America and Europe, and lived in a number of places in Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and North Queensland.

William enjoys nature, bushwalking, beaches, running and travelling. He grew up on the urban fringe with bushland as his extended backyard and weekend recreation. He wants to ensure that we fulfil our primary moral responsibility to pass on an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia to our children and grandchildren.

William is equally concerned about economic, environmental and social issues. Particular concerns include the decline of Australian manufacturing and economic diversity, the destruction of our natural and built environments, and the housing affordability crisis locking many out of the great Australian dream.

Hana Oh

North Sydney, NSW

Hana has lived in Sydney for around 20 years. Following a career in photography and tourism, Hana currently works in childcare. Her other passions include health care, meditation, yoga, travel and good coffee.

Hana is running for Sustainable Australia Party in the 2023 NSW state election to help protect the quality of life we enjoy in NSW and ensure that citizens' views are properly considered in all legislative decisions, particularly when it comes to environmental, planning and development issues.

Bradd Morelli

New Lambton, NSW

Bradd's extensive work and travel has given him a great appreciation and love for Australia and its potential. He views the current political, environmental, social and economic landscape as a challenge that must be addressed as a priority in order for Australia to continue to prosper.  He strongly believes that to secure a future where Australia continues to thrive from within - issues such as climate change and population and economic sustainability need to be addressed now to reap the long-term benefits.

Bradd's experience as the Managing Partner of a national insolvency and turnaround firm has provided him with a good understanding of both local and national issues facing small and medium businesses and the experience to work through complex issues and prides himself on taking a constructive and practical approach in his work. Growing up as a Novocastrian, Bradd knows firsthand what positive growth and quality of life in a community looks like.

Bradd enjoys spending his spare time with family and in the outdoors such as spearfishing and gardening. He recently trekked the Kokoda trail in true Australian spirit.

Deborah Smythe

Kundabung, NSW

In 2014, Debbie escaped from Sydney, with its development pressures, traffic and infrastructure problems, to a new life on a rural property on the NSW Mid North Coast. She now works part-time in healthcare administration. While in Sydney, she worked in funds management and medical publishing.

Debbie has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing, and a Graduate Diploma in Urban Estate Management, together which have given her a good understanding of business, economics and the property market. Debbie has also been self employed, and has an understanding of the realities of running a small business.

When not working, Debbie is kept busy on her property. She appreciates its natural environment and abundant wildlife.

Herman Kuipers

Herman Kuipers grew up in the Castle Hill electorate originally living in Castle Hill and then later moving to Glenhaven. His family has had a long association with the Hills District having lived in the area since the late nineteen sixties. Herman has qualifications in Agricultural Science and Education. He is a passionate Drummer, Musician and Music Educator with a particular interest in jazz and big band music.

Herman joined Sustainable Australia as he is concerned about the effects of over-development on the environment and the impact this will have on future generations. He feels strongly that better planning and adequate infrastructure needs to be in place before development occurs

Xiaowei Yue

Manly, NSW

Xiaowei was born in China but has spent most of her life in Sydney. She has experienced the downsides of unsustainable systems including overdevelopment and overpopulation: Degraded and polluted natural environments.

She has a teaching degree from one of China’s top universities in Beijing and was teaching in Beijing. She worked in Australia for Myer and ANZ before becoming a homemaker and is now raising two children who are now attending local schools on the Northern Beaches.

Torsten Landwehr

Karuah, NSW

Details coming soon.

John Alden

Arcadia, NSW

John has had a lifelong interest in sustainability and environmental issues, and the impact of these on the lives of our children and grandchildren. He studied environmental science in the late 1970s while pursuing a career as a professional engineer and, having run his own small consultancy business since the early 1990s, is well aware of the many challenges facing small business in the current complex commercial environment.

The suite of policies put forward by Sustainable Australia aligns closely with John's assessment of the need for sensible and balanced policies aimed at the future interests of the following generations of Australians, and is the basis of his support for and representation of the Party.

Lisa Hilleard

East Kurrajong, NSW

Details coming soon.

Peter Reid

Winston Hills, NSW

Details coming soon.

Jill Green

Warrawee, NSW

Jill has lived in the Turramurra area most of her life. She has academic qualifications of Bachelor of Science, Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and Master of Environmental Studies.

Jill’s work as an actuary focused on long term projections of future financial transactions allowing for the effects of demographic and other external factors. The negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 raised her awareness of the environmental crises the earth is heading towards leading to her decision to study for an environmental degree. She worked with actuarial study groups looking at environmental issues and wrote papers on the Stern Review and corporate social responsibility in the early 2000’s.

Since retirement in 2009 Jill has worked with environmental group STEP as President since 2012. STEP’s aim is to preserve natural bushland in northern Sydney by raising awareness of the beauty of Sydney’s bushland. What other city has so much biodiversity within the city? Activities involve education through publications and local walks and talks and lobbying of government with some success in modifying original proposals. STEP has highlighted that excessive population growth is the major factor in the degradation in our environment and has argued for the stabilisation of Australia’s population.

Jill is involved in regular bush care programs and also enjoys bushwalking, road cycling, plays and concerts.

Ann Burke

Lismore Heights, NSW

Ann is a retired high school teacher who grew up on Norfolk Island enjoying the pristine environment and becoming aware of fragile ecosystems in respect to human impact. Ann studied science at Sydney University followed by a diploma in education. She taught in Sydney with her husband before moving to Alice Springs where their first daughter was born. Ann and her family then moved  to Bathurst, her husband's home town, residing there for 10 years. Ann and her husband moved to Lismore in 1985 where she taught for 22 years. Issues of ecology and sustainability have always been an interest for Ann.


Mike Cottee

Fairlight, NSW

Mike Cottee’s interest in sustainability was awakened while working on a newspaper environmental campaign in Africa in the 1970s. He researched and wrote about a wide range of issues, including the impacts of rapid population growth on nature and society. Back in Sydney, and after four years as a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald, he spent 16 years in the Public Affairs Branch of Qantas.

Mike was a foundation member of Sustainable Australia and stood in Warringah in a past federal election. Mike has two sons and a granddaughter and lives with his wife in Fairlight.

David Taylor

North Arm, NSW

David Taylor was born in Brisbane and joined the Royal Australian Air Force when he turned 17. After a varied 21-year career as a Radio Technician, Chinese Linguist and Intelligence Officer during which he completed an Information Technology degree part time, he re-joined civilian life and established a computer shop in Brisbane. After selling the business three years later, he joined an industry consulting firm, eventually becoming General Manager and guiding the company through a successful merger before leaving in 2011.

Always interested in small towns, architecture and history, he drove USA’s Route 66 in 2009. Inspired by this experience and the many similarities between Route 66 and Australia’s iconic Highway One, he published the Highway One Travel Companion guide book in 2012. Now retired from full-time work, he lives just outside Murwillumbah in the Lismore state electorate.

Susan Kitchener

North Sydney, NSW

Details coming soon.

Michael Wilder

Woy Woy, NSW

Michael grew up in the UK and left school at the age of 15. Shortly after he joined the merchant navy as a bell boy on the SS Iberia. During this six year stint, Michael traveled all around the world including Australia. Michael soon moved to Australia as a £10 pom. Upon arrival in Australia, Michael and a friend started up a window cleaning and handyman business on the North Shore of Sydney. Fifty years later, Michael is still here and loves living on the Central Coast, where he regularly volunteers in the Central Coast Repair Cafe - a community facility dedicated to fixing things instead of throwing them away. Michael has two adult children and several grand children.

Alison Noonan

Jannali, NSW

Details coming soon.

Robert Eggleton

Neutral Bay, NSW

Bob has degrees in Engineering, Psychology, and further qualifications in Marketing and Business Management. Currently Bob runs his own consultancy specializing in International Marketing.

Recently Bob has completed projects describing the business opportunities in Australia for a European Government, around A Circular Economy and The Possibilities of Hydrogen.

Bob is a strong advocate for a better Australia, less wastage of resources and exploiting the possibilities of the shift to clean, renewable industries.

Cheryl Blacker

Jindera, NSW

Details coming soon.

Alan Magnusson

Birchgrove, NSW

Alan was born in Sydney at the beginning of WWII, the youngest of three boys. He attended Northbridge Public School, Fort Street Opportunity School and North Sydney Boys High School. He won a Teacher’s College scholarship to the fledgling University of NSW from where he graduated BSc.

Alan found teaching uncongenial and soon moved to be amongst his true love...books! In his near 40 year career at the Co-operative Bookshop, Alan worked his way to top management. With a professional programmer, he developed software that was basic to the success of the bookshop for 20 years and was also instrumental in developing electronic data interchange between booksellers & publishers.

Since adolescence, Alan has been worried by the damage population growth has been doing to the non-human world even putting the life of the global ecosystem and our own species' existence at risk. Alan is a member of the Museum Society at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

Dean Winter

Newcastle, NSW

Details coming soon.