Sustainable Australia Party 2022/23 National Committee
On 19/11/22 the following committee was elected:
Cr William Bourke (NSW) - President
William is an elected Councillor (and former Deputy Mayor) at North Sydney Council and the founder and president of Sustainable Australia Party.
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.
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 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 in order to transition to a sustainable future, a holistic approach to sustainability is required that includes action to address growth in both natural resource consumption and population.
After hearing Labor's Kevin Rudd declare his support for "a big Australia" population of 40 million - and being shocked to discover that the Liberal and Greens parties also support rapid population growth - he decided it was time to get involved in politics and start a new centrist, mainstream political party that put sustainability at the heart of decision-making.
Susan Bowes (TAS) - Secretary
Susan believes the major parties will never wake up to the ecological reality that endless growth is impossible. She knows that the political system is corrupted by vested interests and the only way to stamp out corruption is to both end political donations, and vote out the major parties.
She is convinced that Sustainable Australia Party has the vision, policies and practical solutions to help implement a better future.
Susan is passionate about protecting our precious wildlife and is an active member of Bonorong Wildlife Rescue. She enjoys visiting our wild places and can often be found bushwalking or cycling.
John Haydon (ACT) - Committee Member
John has held senior positions during his 25 years with the federal Department of Immigration, and as well as the Bureau of Statistics. He holds three university degrees including a Bachelor of Economics, and a Masters of Business Administration from Adelaide University.
As someone trained in economics, John is concerned at the waste that results from unsustainable population growth and property speculation. John suggests if Australians weren’t paying high property prices, savings could be better spent on starting new businesses, generating jobs, including in manufacturing which he believes has been given away by the Big Parties.
John has held leadership positions in community education organisations at the ACT and national levels where he advocated to government for effective and efficient public schooling in the ACT and nationally. When he is not asking for the vote for Sustainable Australia, John enjoys riding his bike through the countryside, and life with his wife and their daughter who attends the local high school.
Daniel Minson (WA) - Committee Member
Daniel believes in a vision for Australia where society is striving to improve the well-being and happiness of individuals and communities. He believes government and politics have a role to play by balancing the environmental, social and economic considerations in decision making, while pursuing a sustainable future for Australia.
Daniel completed a degree in civil engineering at Curtin University and graduated with honours and received the top student prize in construction technologies. He then worked as a consultant in the land development industry and proceeded to work as a water resource engineer in both private and public organisations. Daniel has volunteered abroad delivering irrigation infrastructure to drought affected communities in Africa.
Daniel enjoys nature, especially anything near and in the water. He spends his free time with family and friends.
Georgia Lamb (NSW) - Committee Member
Georgia values sustainability, environmental protection and equality. Justice for all, including the environment is part of who she is, and she will implement this core value into her leadership.
Georgia currently attends UNSW studying social policy and management. Her area of focus is on how environmental development shapes the human life experience. This paired with the multiple administrative roles and internships Georgia has completed in Sydney and Adelaide means Georgia is focused on space management and how to integrate the natural environment into human lives. The goal is to enhance human interaction with nature with our limited space provided, using international academic green movements as inspiration.
Georgia enjoys the arts, gardening and walks around the suburbs – especially during lockdown. She is determined to protect green spaces from overdevelopment and overuse, and to expand it for public use where possible.
Georgia was elected to the SAP national committee in December 2021.
Jack Corcoran (VIC) - Committee Member
Jack has been a long time appreciator of the outdoors and local green spaces. After graduating from La Trobe with a Ba. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Jack became a member of SAP believing in the core values of protecting our environment, stopping overdevelopment and stopping corruption. Jack hopes to increase education on local flora and fauna, increase community engagement with their space and prevent any more loss in quality of life due to overdevelopment.
Jame Holgate (NSW) - Committee Member
James lives in Queanbeyan and was born and raised in Cooma NSW. He has studied and followed politics in Australia at all levels as well as overseas during an extensive international career while living and working in a number of countries. He became interested in the Sustainable Australia Party while campaigning as an independent candidate for the federal seat of Eden-Monaro, as the policies and values align with his own.
Having grown up and lived in the Monaro region, James returned to the area he loves after many years living and working in Asia, the Pacific and the Americas. He loves the natural environment of the Monaro region and enjoys the range of outdoor activities available locally, from the snow to the sea. He loves the traditional and diverse cultural richness unique to this region and wants to ensure that we fulfil our primary moral responsibility to pass on an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia to future generations.