2019 NSW Election Candidates


Legislative Council (Upper House)

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

Every NSW voter receives the same LC ballot paper and therefore can vote 1 for Sustainable Australia.

Current LC candidates:

William Bourke

Wollstonecraft, NSW

William is president and founder of Sustainable Australia.

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 believes that rapid population growth is causing or exacerbating most of our local, national and global problems. He 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.

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.

Watch William here.

Kay Dunne

Bondi, NSW

Kay stood as the Sustainable Australia candidate in the 2018 Wentworth by-election.

Kay is a Bondi resident with a commitment to both the natural and built environments of Wentworth. With a broad education, covering science, social sciences, humanities and creative arts, and a varied work background, she is well placed to relate to our diverse community.

After working as a professional actor in her early years, she took up a role in the NSW public service in human resources, later moving into senior roles in corporate policy and strategy. Kay has also worked as a scientific officer in the public hospital system, and a high school teacher. More recently, she has been writing fiction. Kay is also active in Toastmasters International.

As a carer for an older relative, Kay has a particular interest in the quality of the services available to seniors. She supports positive ageing and wants to see opportunities for work and valued contributions continue throughout everyone's entire life.

Watch Kay here.

Mark Ferris

Wahroonga, NSW

Mark is national coordinator of Sustainable Australia.

Mark has a broad background in media production. He initially worked in the film industry on a variety of productions from short films through to Hollywood backed feature films. Since then, Mark started his own business providing media content services for a variety of businesses and organisations. He also has a Bachelor of Arts - Psychology. In his spare time Mark enjoys volunteering with several community organisations as well as running, camping and travelling.

Listen to Mark here.

Xiaowei Yue

Manly, NSW

Details coming soon...

Geoff Brown

Penrith, NSW

Former president of the Western Sydney Conservation Alliance

Geoff has lived in Penrith for most of his life. He has led campaigns against inappropriate developments in western Sydney impacting on quality of life and the environment. Geoff was the convenor of the ADI Residents Action Group and then the president of the Western Sydney Conservation Alliance. He developed the concept for the Cumberland Conservation Corridor and successfully lobbied the Federal Government which over several elections has committed $37.5 million to its creation. He also led the campaign to stop the development of the former Air Services Australia site at Cranebrook which is now the Wianamatta Nature Reserve, Sydney's newest Nature Reserve.

Through his involvement in community issues Geoff has developed a great understanding of the political process and has run in local, state and federal elections as an independent candidate. Geoff also worked for many years in the community services sector including as a Student Welfare Officer at Western Sydney University. His other volunteer roles include starting and running the Werrington Community Festival for several years and organising and supervising at local bush care events.

Warren Grzic

Hornsby, NSW

Warren is a long-term member and grassroots campaigner for our party.

Debbie Smythe

Kundabung, NSW

Debbie is Vice President of the NSW branch.

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.

Angela Dunnett

Annandale, NSW

Details coming soon...

Emanuele Paletto

Manly, NSW

Details coming soon...

Mike Cottee

Fairlight, NSW

Mike Cotteeā€™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.

John Alden

Acadia, NSW

Andrew Anthony

Figtree, NSW

Details coming soon...

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