Newcastle City Council Elections 2021

Newcastle City Council Elections 2021

Meet the Newcastle Greens lead candidates for the next Newcastle City Council elections.

Ward 1 and Lord Mayor – John Mackenzie

Ward 2 – Charlotte McCabe

Ward 3 – Sinead Francis-Coan

Ward 4 – Sam Russell

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Ward 1 and Lord Mayor – John Mackenzie

Dr John Mackenzie has been a Newcastle City Councillor since 2017. He is a social scientist and policy consultant with fifteen years’ experience in academic, government and consulting roles. John has worked around the country on policy initiatives that bring communities together to find solutions to complex, divisive and intractable natural resource management problems, such as water allocation in the Murray-Darling Basin and Indigenous water rights in Cape York and the Kimberley.

As a Councillor, Dr Mackenzie has championed participatory, smart urban planning that supports the just transition of Newcastle towards climate resilience. He chairs Newcastle’s Liveable City Committee, guiding Council initiatives on planning, climate, environment, heritage, active transport and urban forestry. He was Chair of the Building Better Cities Committee, the Cycleways Advisory Group, and former co-chair of the Environment Committee. He represents the City of Newcastle on the Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel.

Ward 2 – Charlotte McCabe

Originally from Victoria, Charlotte first became involved in activism in the late 1990s at Melbourne University with the Stop VSU and Jabiluka campaigns. She has continued active involvement in grassroots community campaigns against uranium mining and in full support of forests, peace and climate change.

Charlotte’s belief in a strong public education system led her to become a primary school teacher and she went on to teach in Victoria, the Northern Territory and New South Wales. She has most recently worked as a community organiser with The Wilderness Society.

Charlotte studied Aboriginal languages and culture at Charles Darwin University and taught in bi-lingual schools in Arnhem Land for five years. She is currently on the board for the Worimi Conservation Lands as an environmental representative.

Charlotte moved to Newcastle eight years ago with her husband and two daughters. She has been an active member of the Tighes Hill Community Group as an office bearer and a spokesperson for coal terminal related issues. In 2019, Charlotte stood for the Newcastle Greens as a candidate in the state seat of Newcastle. “I am committed to building a fairer, cleaner future through a grassroots democracy that is transparent and accountable. We have an incredible opportunity, post Covid-19 to rebuild a fairer, cleaner economy. Ward 2 contains some of our most beautiful locations, exciting streets and vibrant communities. I’m looking forward to advocating for them during the campaign.” Charlotte said.

Ward 3 – Sinead Francis-Coan

Sinead is a passionate Novocastrian with a background in tourism studies at the University of Newcastle and a passion for the performing and creative arts. She believes both are powerful and transformative elements of our society. Sinead is an active member in our community, advocating for our environment, Indigenous rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights and refugee rights across a wide range of different community groups. Having grown up in Jesmond, Sinead knows that Newcastle is far more than just what our CBD has to offer. Her extensive travel experience helps her appreciate the facilities in Newcastle but also see the potential of how public spaces have been used around the world. Sinead studied Japanese throughout secondary school and university then lived in Kanagawa prefecture for a year where she taught English. Sinead does some freelance writing and has been published in Global Hobo magazine blogs regularly for The Globetrotters Grind. Her postgraduate research focused on land use conflict in the Upper Hunter Valley which required her to engage with a range of stakeholders to understand their perspectives. Sinead represented the Newcastle Greens as candidate for Wallsend in the 2019 NSW election.

Ward 4 – Sam Russell

Originally from Byron Bay, Sam grew up on the beautiful beaches of the North Coast of NSW. He completed his Bachelor of Education at Southern Cross University in Lismore before beginning his primary school teaching career in an Aboriginal community just South of Ballina. Sam moved to Newcastle 5 years ago where he began a journey for both his career and environmental and social activism. As a community member, Sam has supported and led grassroots campaigns in Newcastle and elsewhere for organisations and movements such as the Newcastle Greens, The Wilderness Society, Take 3, Stop Seismic Testing Newcastle, Save Our Coast, Hunter Community Environment Centre, Centre For Hope, Amnesty International and Protect Our Coast Alliance. He recently presented at the 2019 Hunter Climate Summit on ‘Climate Change: The Role of Education’. Sam continues to lead on sustainable practices in primary education. He has developed an understanding of the local Aboriginal culture(s) and how to engage Aboriginal students, Aboriginal organisations and community members in a culturally responsive way.

 

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