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CITY OF SYDNEY LORD MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM & RECEPTION

Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore and Lord Mayoral candidates: 

Cr Linda ScottCr Angela VithoulkasShauna Jarrett,  Sylvie Ellsmore and Yvonne Weldon

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Where

Sydney CBD

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COVID has highlighted the importance of local councils to our lives – both personal and professional. As the council responsible for the CBD, the engine room of the state’s economy, City of Sydney’s upcoming election is critical as we rebuild the city’s economy and vibrancy.

There hasn’t been an election for five years due to COVID and the contest for Lord Mayor of Sydney has everyone’s attention.

Business Sydney in conjunction with Chamber of Commerce CBD Sydney held the City of Sydney Lord Mayoral Candidates Forum & Reception this evening at the City Tattersalls Club.

Around 100 Sydney business leaders were given the opportunity to hear from the Lord Mayor - Clover Moore and fellow candidates Councillor Linda Scott (GAICD), Councillor Angela VithoulkasShauna JarrettSylvie Ellsmore and Yvonne Weldon.

Each candidate was 10 minutes to present their case as to why they should be elected as the Lord Mayor of Sydney. After their respective presentations they all participated in Q&A and answered questions from the floor.

Peter May the Director of Chamber of Commerce CBD Sydney gave the Vote of Thanks.

A big thank you to all the candidates and their colleagues for committing to civic duties in our community.

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Lord Mayor of Sydney - Clover Moore

Clover Moore was elected Lord Mayor of Sydney in 2004, the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney and the longest serving Mayor since city government incorporation in 1842.

Clover also served as an Independent member of the NSW Parliament from March 1988 to September 2012 and was concurrently Lord Mayor and Member for Sydney for 8 years.

Throughout her public life Clover has championed progressive policies, achieving reforms which increase government transparency, champion our environment and protect the vulnerable.

As Lord Mayor, Clover initiated the internationally renowned Sustainable Sydney 203 plan to secure Sydney’s future as a leading green liveable and creative city. In 2007, the City became the first government in Australia to be carbon neutral, and in 2014 received the European Solar Prize for its Renewable Energy Master Plan. Now using 100% renewable electricity, the City is on track to reduce emissions by 70% in 2024 - six years earlier than its 2030 target.

Under her leadership, the City has developed a global reputation for delivering award winning facilities; protecting and enhancing open space; promoting design excellence; delivering new transport options, particularly safe cycling; promoting and expanding the City’s cultural and creative life and initiating progressive solutions to complex city social problems such as affordable housing and related homelessness.

Cr Linda Scott

Councillor Linda Scott is an experienced Board Director, serving as the Deputy Chair of CareSuper, the Chair of the Australian Local Government Association and Local Government NSW, the peak body for NSW Councils. Linda is also currently serving as a Councillor on the City of Sydney Council, formerly serving as Deputy Lord Mayor.

Linda serves on a number of Commonwealth Government bodies, including the National Reform Federal Council with the Prime Minister and premiers, and a range of subcommittees of the National Cabinet. She also serves on a range of NSW Government boards, including the NSW Environmental Trust. She participates in the annual CEO Sleepout, and is passionate about taking action on climate change and driving a locally-led economic recovery from COVID-19.

Linda was nominated as a Member Director of CareSuper by Unions NSW. She brings in-depth knowledge of culture, governance, risk and advocacy.

CR Angela Vithoulkas

After more than 30 years in business, Angela has time and time again seen the difficulties faced by small business owners across a wide range of issues.

Angela Vithoulkas is a second term independent Councillor at the City of Sydney.  As well as representing all members of the local community she is actively involved with Sydney’s small business and start-up community. Angela’s successful career in public and business life has been acknowledged through numerous awards including City of Sydney Business of the Year, Café of The Year, NSW Entrepreneur of the Year as well as 2007 Telstra Women’s Business Owner of the Year.

In 2015 she was also named as one of Australia’s 50 Influential Women Entrepreneurs, and in 2017, she was named as one of Australia’s Top Nine Influential Female Entrepreneurs and is a sought-after public speaker.

During her time on Council Angela has filled the role of Deputy Chairperson of the City of Sydney Economic Development and Business Sub-Committee. She is also the first Australian Greek woman to be elected to the City of Sydney, an achievement formally recognised by the European Council. Angela is committed to ensuring that Sydney becomes a smart city through the use of technology that will transform the city and improve the amenity of residents, businesses and visitors. 

In 2012 Angela built Australia’s first small business podcasting platform – Eagle Waves Radio, having produced more than 2000 hours of content. The radio station continues to provide a voice for thousands of small business owners from around Australia through the collaborative platforms that engage with Eagle Waves Radio.

As a resident and business owner in the City of Sydney, Angela has an insight into the impact of Council decisions on all levels of the community. She is committed to ensuring that Council continues to fulfil its role where constituents remain top of mind.

In 2018 Angela formed The Small Business Party, an independent political party which aims to provide robust and honest representation for small businesses and residents in Parliament.

Today, there is a growing divide between small business and government. Despite being Australia’s largest employer, there is no suitable advocate in government for small business. Through Angela’s work in advocacy, policy and leadership she is looking to fill that gap.

Further information is available at https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/council-governance-administration/open-access-information

Shauna Jarrett

Shauna Jarrett is a lawyer specialising in for-purpose governance, and for private clients in estates and litigation.  She has practised in regional and Sydney CBD firms including her own firms, in-house at the University of Sydney as an Assistant Group Secretary and is currently Company Secretary for Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. She has experience in the governance of philanthropic foundations and trusts and effecting strategic change in complex environments.

Shauna has a long experience and commitment to community activity serving on boards as a non-executive director with legal/philanthropic skills and experience. 

She is currently a Director of Force Majeure theatre dance company, Seton Villa, who provides homes for women with intellectual disabilities and is a Trustee on the Board of the Australian Museum.

She has served as a NSW Law Society Councillor, including Vice President, Chair and Director of PIAC (Public Interest Advocacy Centre); Director Law Cover P/L group of companies; NSW Council of Law Reporting and NSW Women Lawyers (2004-2007) including as Vice President.

Shauna is respected for her commitment to community service, common sense and progressiveness and has been selected as the Liberal Party’s candidate for Lord Mayor of Sydney at the upcoming election.I live and work in the centre of the Sydney CBD, have family and friends through-out the City of Sydney, having lived in the Sydney LGA since going to University.  I have seen many positive and not so positive changes and am now very concerned about the post pandemic prospects for the recovery of the City – it is time to re-fresh the Council that looks after this fabulous City of ours, not just for immediate changes we need to make, but for the future.

I am committed to begin a journey with you to win back the trust and confidence of Liberal voters in the City, to give people with liberal and progressive values and aspirations a voice, to give residents and businesses the representation they deserve.  I will work to hold the current Council to account. And I will fight to reinstate transparent, effective, governance in Council.

Our journey, founded on Liberal tradition, history and philosophy, working hard and inclusively for our values of freedom and tolerance, individualism, enterprise, equality, family and respect.  Remember we are the Party responsible for the abolition of the White Australia policy, environmental protection powers, marriage equality and meaningful reconciliation.

Particularly important to me, this election provides Liberals an opportunity to renew the arts and culture in the City.  The arts and culture are the glue, the enablers that constitute the soul of our community and provide the means which now allows us to acknowledge and appreciate 40,000+ years of stewardship of this harsh country, the culture and tradition of our First Peoples.   It allows those of us who have arrived in the last 223 years to connect with the traditions, achievements and beliefs of our forebears coming from so many diverse parts of the world, all which contribute to our unique multicultural Australian society.

Sylvie Ellsmore

I’m a community organiser, a researcher and a feminist living on Gadigal Country, in inner-city Sydney. I am passionate about making Sydney a city for everyone, working with communities to lead urgent climate action and reduce inequality.

I have worked with environmental organisations, unions and Aboriginal groups, coordinating anti-racism and environmental justice campaigns, and winning legal protections for cultural heritage and native title.

Representing Newtown as a Local Councillor on Marrickville Council (2012-2016), I worked closely with local community groups and residents, and led successful campaigns for new affordable housing, to expand public services and to increase local green spaces.

I’ve helped build inner-Sydney resident groups, managed community organisations and advised government. I currently work at the University of Sydney.

I am a volunteer karate teacher at Jin Sei Ryu Karate Do (Darlington), a Board member of Inner Sydney Voice (Inner Sydney Regional Council, based in Waterloo) and I am currently a Coordinating Group member of the Redfern, Eveleigh, Darlington, Waterloo Watch (REDWatch) residents’ action group.

Read more about me here.

Yvonne Weldon

Yvonne is the first Aboriginal-Australian candidate for Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.

The proud Wiradjuri woman is a strong community leader who has spent the last 30 years working to improve outcomes for marginalised children, youth justice and survivors of domestic violence. Her impressive profile includes:

  • Elected Chair of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Deputy Chair of the Australia Day Council of NSW
  • Board Member of Domestic Violence NSW
  • Board Member of Redfern Jarjum College

In 2016, Yvonne was short-listed for the Queensland Literary Awards, David Unaipon Award for her unpublished manuscript 67 Days and was awarded the 2017 Allen & Unwin Faber Writing Academy scholarship.

Yvonne hopes to bring the same audacity, creative energy and fierce optimism to Town Hall that her aunt Mum Shirl brought to her life-long fight to make Sydney a more just, honourable city.

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