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I am local.

I have lived here for 32 years.

I have raised my family here in Wollondilly and the Highlands.

I travel the roads of Wollondilly and The Highlands from Warragamba to Bowral.

I have served on Council for 17 years, 3 of those years as the Mayor.

I am an optometrist and have looked after many locals eyes and related health issues.

I was the chair of the Australian Optometry Board and am a practitioner member of NSW Optometry Council.

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Each morning I wake to this sunrise from our property in Theresa Park and each morning I am energised and encouraged to do all that I can to protect and promote our beautiful landscape.


"Not to play political spin on insanely important issues like the Warragamba Dam wall raising or the delivery of the Picton Bypass. Work with all sides of politics to get positive outcomes for our environment, our way of life and our community. Encourage our young people to have their say in their future."


Along with Liverpool, Camden and Campbelltown we are the birthplace of Australian Agriculture. This is why our region is rich with historical early settler architecture.

As well there is a deep connection with indigenous heritage.

"The word Wollondilly is attributed to having three meanings including; “A place where spirits dwell” and “Water trickling over rocks”. The third meaning is connected to a legend about the burning black coal that was carried inside the skull of a bunyip, within a basket woven of waratah stems. “Worron” means black coal and “dilly” means carry basket."           

I am dedicated to protecting these vital elements that helped to shape the local character. I hope to do this in part by promoting sustainable tourism and small business support. I will devote effort to enable farmers to be able to access opportunities to diversify and become viable into the future so they are not vulnerable  to developers and land bankers.

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The beautiful rivers and valleys that shape the region also shape us. The amazing varieties of flora and fauna we live amongst, needs our consideration and protection.