2019 NSW Election Candidates - Legislative Council

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 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 in Column C!

Candidates

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


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 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.

Watch William here.


Alexander Kreet

Upper North Arm, NSW

Alexander grew up on the South Coast of NSW where he remained until completing his high school studies. With an abundance of nature at his door step, Alexander gained a lifetime appreciation for the value of a pristine environment and uncrowded open space. Also having migrant parents, Alexander could see how multiculturalism was positively shaping Australia.

After school Alexander work in various fields, until deciding to pursue his passion for sustainable urban planning.  He enrolled into Griffith University and undertook a Bachelor of Environmental Planning (Urban and Regional Planning). To pay his way through university, Alexander worked part time in a nursing home and this forever changed his career direction. After many years working in aged care nursing, Alexander felt better served in developing lasting outcomes for the aged. He moved to Canberra and gained employment within the Department of Health and Ageing where he worked as a Project officer. Within a short time, Alexander became an Executive Level policy manager and worked for years developing the new aged in-home care strategy.

Alexander now lives on an off-grid property on the Northern Rivers where he endeavours to live a sustainable lifestyle and promote such ideals. Alexander’s interests are aged care, mental health, urban design & planning, renewable energy technologies, music and creative industries, and bushwalking.


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.


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.


Jenny Goldie

Cooma, NSW

Jenny has spent almost her entire adult life involved in politics and the environmental movement. She has degrees in science and journalism. She raised five children (only one biological) and is now a devoted grandmother. In the 1980s, Jenny was heavily involved in the Australian Democrats for which she ran as a candidate four times. In 1988, she co-founded what is now Sustainable Population Australia, and is currently its national vice-president and newsletter editor. She is active in the climate change movement, having established Climate Action Monaro eight years ago. Jenny lives in Cooma with her husband Nick.


Warren Grzic

Hornsby, NSW

Warren has been a passionate political commentator and activist for over twenty years. Borne out of frustration at how successive governments have favoured motorways and overdevelopment over expanding public transport, to the detriment of society's environment and people, he has written submissions and opinions, and actively supported candidates fighting for change.
Having frequently taken trips to regional Australia, Warren seeks to develop a better understanding of challenges facing the bush and how to address the trends of neglect and dwindling populations. He seeks to find ways to improve the needs of people living outside major cities. Warren's hobbies include reading, writing, walking, acting in amateur musical theatre, and playing in a community concert band.


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 trekked the Kokoda trail last year in true Australian spirit.


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.


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.


Chris O'Rourke

Bathurst, NSW

Chris spent his formative years on a farm on the edge of the Liverpool Plains and has lived most of his life in the country.  He clearly remembers his father telling him that further west, “the country is too marginal” to make a living. That was in the 1960s! He became disillusioned with the big political parties (and the big banks) more than twenty years ago and since that time has voted and banked accordingly.

Chris has two key priorities. First, to ensure that the interests of everyone are taken into account in planning decisions whether in a local community, at state or national level. Secondly he wants to focus on the quality of life, rather than on material standard of living. He would like to see a more diversified economy which relies less on property speculation and more on creative, sustainable ventures which will enhance the nation’s intellectual capital. A recently retired teacher who has a strong interest in the performing arts, Chris now has more time to contribute to the local community.


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.


Kerry Waight

Terrigal, NSW

Kerry was born in Sydney and raised on the Central Coast in the 1960s. Throughout her life she has watched the negative impact of rapid population growth on the everyday life of Australians. Kerry is a retired secondary school teacher, as well as a wife and the mother of two adult children – and a dog.

Kerry has been interested in genealogy for years, as well as writing, predominantly historical fiction. She has had two short stories published, with another two to be published in April 2019. Kerry is currently working on a novel. When she is not writing, Kerry participates in Physical Culture and Pump classes at the gym.


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. Fifty years later, Michael is still here and loves living on the Central Coast. Michael has two adult children and several grand children.


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.

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