I've spent most of my life living or working in Port Phillip. I have many years of experience in supporting local community groups and for the past five years, have been Vice President and Football Operations Manager for the Port Colts Junior Football Club. I previously served on the executive of several other sporting clubs, a kindergarten, a PFA and the Science Teachers Association of Victoria.
One of my fondest memories is of being the only male in a new mothers' group at the Elwood Maternal Health Centre! I have 48 years of on-field involvement in the Southern Football Netball League as a player and umpire and am a member of the League's Hall of Fame.
I view my involvement on Council as an extension of the community role that I undertook at Port Melbourne Primary School, although the community I am now supporting is just a little bit larger.
I taught at a variety of primary and secondary schools, most recently as principal of Port Melbourne Primary School (2001-20) and Assistant Principal at St Kilda Primary School (1998-01). I have also been a Senior Research Officer at the Australian Council for Educational Research and an Education Officer at CSIRO.
Council or local government committee experience
No Council experience but have served as an executive member of numerous sporting club committees, a kindergarten, a school PFA and the Science Teachers Association of Victoria.
Member of the Australian Labor Party.
Reasons for standing for Council
To advocate for the best interests of the people of Port Philip and, in particular, the residents of Gateway Ward.
Objectives and priorities for your term
To ensure that Council is able to effectively deliver all its current services within a strict budget framework, and still be able to address other issues (for example COVID recovery) as the need arises.
Favourite parts of our City
Our wonderful beaches (I haven't missed a swim or two on a Port Phillip beach for over sixty years), our great parks and sporting fields (I seem to spend much of my time at Murphy Reserve, although the Blessington St Gardens are also a favourite haunt) and the many vibrant pubs and restaurants around the City.
What sets our City apart from others in Australia
Our connection to the Bay, our closeness to the CBD, our wonderfully diverse range of residents, our great cultural and sporting amenities and the friendliness of the locals.
What are you most looking forward to as restrictions ease
Seeing people smile.