Liverpool Council election: meet the candidates

Liverpool Council election: meet the candidates

Liverpool residents head to the polls on December 4 to vote in the local council elections.

The Champion caught up with the lead candidate on each ticket to talk about what they think some of the main issues are facing the community and their vision for Liverpool.

There will be an election for the mayor and 10 councillors (five for North Ward and five for South Ward).

You can vote early at several pre-poll locations from Monday November 22:

  • Carnes Hill Community Centre: 600 Kurrajong Rd, Carnes Hill
  • Casula Community Centre: 39 Ingham Dr, Casula
  • Green Valley Community Centre: 171-183 Wilson Road, Green Valley
  • Wattle Grove Community Centre: Village Way, Wattle Grove
  • Returning Officer's Office: 112 Moore Street, Liverpool

NORTH WARD

(Candidates are displayed in ballot paper order)

Avery Howard: The Greens

Avery Howard: The Greens

AVERY HOWARD

Why are you running for council? I'm running for council because there aren't people who look like me on there. Young people and LGBTQIA+ people deserve representation within politics at all levels, and I'm hoping by standing for Liverpool City Council, that I'll be able to at least try and provide that representation. I'm also running for the community, as grassroots organisation is a major part of the foundation of The Greens, and this means we can listen to the community effectively and fight for solutions to the issues they're passionate about.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. Affordability.
  2. Beating the rising heat.
  3. Protecting our rich cultural heritage.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? The Greens plan for Liverpool City Council is to make a difference for residents in in multiple areas, hoping to help support a prosperous and lively council for years to come. We will do this by making it cheaper to live here, by supporting affordable housing and reducing the cost to access council-owned recreational and aquatic centres. We're also committed to beating the rising heat, doing so by planting trees to increase shade, recognising that we are currently in a climate emergency and implementing strategies to reach net zero by 2030. We also recognise the wonderful diversity and cultural heritage that Liverpool has and want to help respect and protect that as much as possible.

What is your vision for Liverpool? Our vision for Liverpool is one that we can all thrive in - a council that is affordable for everyone who lives here, that provides enough shade in the heat, that is helping beat climate change, that has 100 per cent transparency, that respects and protects First Nations peoples, and that allows everyone the ability to access every place.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket? For the North Ward, we have Abdul Ayubi, an active community member from Liverpool, Saad Salman, owner of The Shed in Liverpool's CBD, Suri Ibrahim, a sales consultant from Casula, and Mamun Rashid, a telecom engineer from Warwick Farm.

Michael Andjelkovic: Independent.

Michael Andjelkovic: Independent.

MICHAEL ANDJELKOVIC (mayoral candidate)

Why are you running for council? To make a difference and provide an Independent voice for the community that will provide balance on the Council so decisions are made without the influence of major political party connections. To use my 40 plus years of work experience for the benefit of the Liverpool community. To represent the local residents and ratepayers of the Liverpool Community that I have lived in for almost 60 years. To stay active in semi retirement. I hope with the work I have done and the results that I have achieved over the last four years working as the Independent Community Campaigner for Liverpool, with the assistance of the community, that I will be judged to be worthy of the support from the voters of Liverpool on election day. I believe that persistence, dedication and commitment to a worthy cause gets results which has been demonstrated successfully a number of times regarding a number of local issues since 2018.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. The economic and mental / emotional recovery from the COVID lockdowns.
  2. Transport connectivity - road and rail, public and private, within Liverpool and to other parts of Sydney.
  3. To ensure efficient council services are provided to the residents. i.e Manage roads and provide the infrastructure council is responsible for.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? By continuing to advocate for issues and acting as a spokesperson for residents on matters that impact on our city as I have done since 2018 and before.

What is your vision for Liverpool? To ensure that Liverpool grows as the third CBD of Sydney and gateway to the Western Sydney Airport and to highlight the positive aspects of our diverse population.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket?

Group B North Ward. All candidates are residents of Liverpool and registered to vote on the Liverpool Electoral Roll.

  1. Michael Andjelkovic
  2. Natalija Ryan
  3. Vasilije Bakovic
  4. Marella Harrison
  5. Robert Pinosa
Peter Harle: Liverpool Community Independents Team.

Peter Harle: Liverpool Community Independents Team.

PETER HARLE (Mayoral candidate)

Why are you running for Council? I am a councillor with 13 years' experience as part of the Liverpool Community Independents Team. I believe I have made significant contributions to the Liverpool community and hope to continue to do that.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. Get Liverpool back on track after the impact of the pandemic by assisting businesses via councils' Business Development Unit.
  2. Place a greater emphasis on the basics of roads, rates and rubbish and improve the overall appearance of gateways into the Liverpool CBD, suburbs, and rural areas.
  3. Improve parking and traffic flow issues within the CBD and lobby for a fairer share of infrastructure such as arterial roads and flood mitigation works in new development areas.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? Continue to address residents' concerns, raised directly with me, plus those raised at community forums and implement any necessary changes to improve it.

What is your vision for Liverpool?

  • A more attractive, welcoming and bustling city that it's residents can enjoy.
  • Greater job opportunities so that it's residents, currently around 70 per cent, do not have to travel outside the Liverpool LGA for work.
  • Address major traffic congestion issues by lobbying for a much-improved Public Transport System.
  • Making much greater use of our River frontage, for both recreation and possible downstream rapid transport, such as River-Cats, similar to those on the Parramatta River.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket?

  • Dr Criss Moore
  • Marc Conners,
  • Briona Jocic,
  • Rayman Solagna.
Mazhar Hadid: Liberal.

Mazhar Hadid: Liberal.

MAZAR HADID

Why are you running for council? I have been on council for 13 years. I have also served as deputy mayor. In all that time the thrill of helping to shape Liverpool's future has also been the driving force in me nominating each time the election comes around.

I love Liverpool. I have watched it grow amazingly in the decades I have lived here. I am proud of Liverpool and the four daughters my wife and I have raised here. I feel honoured to be able to contribute to its ongoing success. I love the people and I have an established record of being available whenever residents want to discuss issues.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. Keeping Liverpool safe generally, especially in the CBD. I will push to have the CCTV cameras reconnected.
  2. If we have a Liberal majority on council, we will focus on improving the quality of roads in the Liverpool LGA as soon as possible. Roads in rural areas, including Rossmore and Austral also need to be maintained. Filling potholes sounds minor but it's an essential service Council will take very seriously. We also need to make shops in the CBD more accessible to customers by providing more parking spots.
  3. It goes without saying that a Liberal council will be better finance manager and provide a basis for a budget that reduces financial pressure on ratepayers.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? I have a specific range of policies I support, and they all revolve around providing reliable, first class amenities for residents and doing everything possible to cut costs that impact on families. Reducing council debt is a priority because we must be financially responsible.

What is your vision for Liverpool? My vision is for a safe and exciting city with abundant employment for the whole community. I want to see a Liverpool keeping pace with sophisticated cities in Australia and overseas without losing its cultural magic and sense of history. I want to see excellent education facilities available for our young people. We made a start when we had a majority on council by successfully inviting the University of Western Sydney and the University of Wollongong to set up campuses here.

A Liberal council will also complete more top range infrastructure like the $60m Carnes Hill Recreation project we completed on time and on budget.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket?Melham Goodman, Paul Zadro, Courtney Nguyen, Tony Estephen. They are people who share my ideas on what should be done to make Liverpool prosper and make life more comfortable for residents and families. They also reflect Liverpool's heritage, culture and multi-cultural population

Nathan Hagarty: Labor

Nathan Hagarty: Labor

NATHAN HAGARTY (mayoral candidate)

Why are you running for council? I'm running because I want a council that cares about its community and delivers high quality services and facilities.

I am a current Liverpool City Councillor having been elected in 2016. I first ran for Council because I was sick of seeing Liverpool in the news for all the wrong reasons.

I have lived my entire life in and around the Liverpool area. I spent my first few years growing up in Cartwright and now live in Green Valley with my wife and two children.

Through a lot of hard work and some good fortune, I've been able to achieve the potential my parents, family, friends, teachers and mentors all saw in me. I want everyone in Liverpool to have those same opportunities and to achieve their full potential.

I have strong roots in the community as a resident, ratepayer and volunteer, as well as decades of professional experience as a manager and director across the private and public sectors.

I have the skills, experience and temperament to lead our amazing city.

This is an important time for Liverpool. As we come out of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, we need leadership that will rebuild our economy and support our community.

I know a good education, a successful business and a great career require genuine hard work, because I've done that hard work. There are no short cuts.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. COVID recovery: As we emerge from lockdown and restrictions, we need genuine leadership to help our community and our economy recover from the impacts of COVID. We need a leader who won't be afraid to speak out and tell the truth for fear of offending the state and federal Governments. Our area has been hard hit over the last six-months both by COVID and the impact of lockdown and restrictions. For me, the test of a real leader is what they do and where they are when the times get tough. During lockdown I led the fight for our city, I stood up and spoke out against the unfair and disproportionate way Liverpool and South West Sydney was targeted. Our community were stigmatised and our businesses unfairly shut down.
  2. The core business of Council: Liverpool is growing rapidly, our CBD is going up and our suburbs our expanding. Council needs to bring a culture of excellence to all areas of it operations including road maintenance, parks, rubbish collection and customer service. The culture of any organisation starts up the top. As Mayor, I'll bring my integrity, maturity and a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors as well my passion for the area I call home to lead our City.
  3. Realising the strategic opportunities: Liverpool stands on the cusp of realising immense opportunity. With construction of the Western Sydney Airport and the transformation of the CBD underway, it's important we have a leader with the passion, hard work and integrity to ensure Liverpool benefits. Every single of us, our kids and our grandkids. Our diverse population is a great strategic advantage to companies and organisation looking to set up shop in Liverpool and at the airport. Which corner of the globe you are from, Liverpool will have someone that speaks your language and understands your culture.

3. How do you plan on making a difference for residents? I'll put community first. Great leadership is about hard work, integrity and experience. There are no short cuts.

In just under five years, my commitment as a Liverpool City Councillor has delivered for our community. As Mayor of Liverpool, I'll bring hard work, integrity and passion to the office.

As mayor, I'll lead a council that delivers:

  • COVID recovery for Liverpool
  • Leadership with integrity
  • Community driven solutions
  • Local jobs for local people
  • Council services that work for you

What is your vision for Liverpool? A diverse and proud city where anyone can fulfil their full potential and without having to leave our city .

For too long many of our best and brightest have left Liverpool. We have an emerging CBD, vibrant suburbs and a beautiful semi-rural area. We have an airport and Aerotropolis, an emerging health and education precinct and an ever-growing industrial area.

With a strong Mayor and Council, Liverpool can and should be a great place to live, work and play. All of us need to share in the benefits, it shouldn't be left to a select few.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket? All our Liverpool Labor candidates are genuine locals. They live in Liverpool with strong links to community and community organisations, their careers and interests lay in the improvement of Liverpool and working for residents.

  • Nathan Hagarty from Green Valley. Current Councillor, manager and board director in public and private sectors, Chair of Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre
  • Ali Karnib from Busby. Current Councillor, former Deputy Mayor, President of Lebanese Community Council of NSW
  • Lorraine Usher from Voyager Point. 30 years' experience advocating for worker's rights, winner Jennie George Award For The Advancement Of Women In Unions.
  • Ethan Monaghan from Casula. Law student and community advocate.
  • Chris Stanley from Lurnea. Information and Communication Technology consultant.

SOUTH WARD

(Candidates are displayed in ballot paper order)

Charishma Kaliyanda (Labor)

Charishma Kaliyanda (Labor)

CHARISHMA KALIYANDA

Why are you running for council? Many of the people that I grew up with left Liverpool to go overseas, interstate or other parts of Sydney for better opportunities. I'm running for council to ensure that our residents have access to high quality opportunities right here in Liverpool - where that's in terms of employment, infrastructure or services.

With the Western Sydney Airport, and the Liverpool Health and Innovation Precinct coming online, we need strong leadership and representatives who are focused on the best interests of our community to make sure we get these things right. Over the last five years, I have a strong track record of being an advocate for our community and fighting to ensure that Liverpool gets our fair share.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool? Liverpool is the third CBD of Sydney and is a key part of the fast growing south west corridor. This growth means that we have a huge number of people that want to live, locate their businesses or expand into Liverpool - so we must not lose these opportunities which represent the further pathways for our residents. However, as part of our COVID recovery, we must ensure that our existing residents and businesses are not left behind. So it's not a matter of choosing one of the other, but how we can effectively manage both of these priorities.

Secondly, we need to ensure that our city is liveable and inclusive. Over the last 18 months we have seen just how important our community infrastructure is and how much our residents value local events and activities. Ensuring that our community facilities and parks and recreational spaces are not only fit for purpose, but that they are well maintained and accessible to everyone is vital.

Finally, we know that access and sustainability are very important to Liverpool's residents. We have transport connections that are getting worse, and are losing vital green space to developments. We must ensure that our growth is accompanied by vital transport, health and social infrastructure.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? The most important thing a councillor can do is listen and be accessible. We are the representatives of residents and we must act with integrity and respect. I bring extensive experience in the community services sector, and a really deep understanding of how council can make a difference for residents with the facilities provided, the services delivered and the many other roles that council has apart from charging rates in order to develop roads and pick up rubbish.

Local government plays an important advocacy role in this space and I'll be using all the tools at our disposal to ensure the state government addresses the needs of our residents. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, I have consistently advocated for and supported our community to rebuild post-COVID.

What is your vision for Liverpool?

As I said above, my vision for Liverpool is one where everyone can achieve their potential. I will focus on building on the work done so far to ensure Liverpool is a liveable, sustainable and inclusive city.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket?

Our team is a better reflection and truer perspective of the community. It is full of familiar faces who have a strong record of fighting for our city and suburbs. We want to ensure we deliver to the different needs of the different parts of the city and we have a strong team of local candidates that understand those individual needs.

In South Ward, the Labor team also consists of:

  • Betty Green - she has called Liverpool home for over 40 years and is highly respected in the women's community health sector, winning numerous awards for her work over the years.
  • Daniel Singleton - a social work student who has grown up in Liverpool and wants to make ensure our city has the resources necessary to respond to the needs of our residents.
  • Patricia Glossop - Trish has served our local community as a nurse and health educator for almost 40 years. The importance of improving the health and wellness of families and communities in Liverpool has been a decades long personal and career commitment. She is a current member of Liverpool Council's Environment Committee.
  • Alaa Ahmed - he is a proud Lurnea local and STEM teacher with a passion for youth and education.
Karress Rhodes: Liverpool Community Independents Team.

Karress Rhodes: Liverpool Community Independents Team.

KARRESS RHODES

Why are you running for council? I am running for council again because there is so much that I have started that I fear unless I am there will not continue.

I won support to save the Liverpool Animal Shelter to remain in Liverpool and not go to Blacktown, but I had to put that motion three times to council before I had gained a majority support from my fellow councillors. It has been years since the motion was passed for the Animal Shelter to remain in Liverpool but the building of the new Animal Shelter has not even started, I need to be on council to make sure that happens.

I moved a motion for the establishment of a Visitation Precinct around Collingwood House that won a majority support from fellow councillors, but although concept plans have been commenced I am afraid if I am not there to push it along it will not happen. The most effected sector in Liverpool during the pandemic and after the fall out with China has been the visitation economy. Liverpool's proximity to the airport is the greatest opportunity for Liverpool to start to establish attractions that will make Liverpool a place for the international visitation market to actually want to come to. If we do not build that visitation attraction Liverpool will miss out because other LGA's are already doing it or have already done it. The survival of our visitation economy depends upon what we do now. Before the pandemic the hotels were operating at 98 per cent capacity largely based on the Chinese international market; during the pandemic the hotels were either closed or operating below 30 per cent capacity. Only by putting in the visitation infrastructure now, can we rebuild what was once a major income earner for Liverpool. The visitation economy flows trough all other businesses if the visitation economy does well so do the restaurants, coffee shops, retail, accountants, and just about any other type of business you can think of. If our Visitation economy is doing well so does the whole economy of Liverpool...it is that important.

I am running for council to continue to support the people of Liverpool, through a period of change caused by COVID and I am running for council to make sure the voice of the community is heard. There has been a fundamental push by state government that has led to there being less opportunity for the people of Liverpool to have any real say on what and how and when anything is happening in their own LGA, with more an more decisions being made by state government. The state government must be lobbied to understand that their one size fits all state planning regulations does not fit Liverpool. It does not consider the lack of transport infrastructure that makes Liverpool more reliant on privately owned motor vehicles to be able to get to the job growth areas. The narrow street widths that does not allow for emergency vehicles to pass if there is a car parked on the street is ridiculous and it must be stopped.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. Get the basics right, roads rates, rubbish.
  2. Invest in the economic growth, so that there will be local jobs in the Liverpool LGA
  3. Make Liverpool a place that people choose to Live work and play and not just a place where you live because it is cheaper than other places.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? By continuing to really listening to the community and making sure their voice is heard and to do that we have to turn upside down the decision making process. Currently the decisions are being made well before the community is consulted on any direction for Liverpool.

So, No.1, make the decision making of council led by the community and then that is communicated to the government authorities to implement.

And No.2, improve the liveability in Liverpool:

  • Do not increase the population densities in already established areas without the infrastructure to cope with that increase.
  • Change the planning regulations that will allow traffic to flow in both directions with cars parked on both sides of the streets at the same time
  • Change regulations that make building footprints proportional to block size that enables trees to be planted turning Liverpool from a sea of house roofs into a landscape of trees in all suburbs.
  • Lobby the state government to ensure all developments that include shared living space are COVID Safe.
  • Make sure I am the communities voice that is heard, and not just my own.

What is your vision for Liverpool? That Liverpool is an International destination for innovative International business, with amenities that are of a world class standard and has a liveability standard that is the envy of the world.

Liverpool Community Independents Team South Ward: Astra Staines, Jackson Ward, Karress Rhodes, Lisa Barca and Anthony Canceri.

Liverpool Community Independents Team South Ward: Astra Staines, Jackson Ward, Karress Rhodes, Lisa Barca and Anthony Canceri.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket? The South Ward LCIT Team are a new, young dynamic group of professionals, who share a common vision for Liverpool, but stand as independent candidates with the professional and educational abilities to lead Liverpool through community advocacy that will put the meaning back into LOCAL Government, the closest level of government to the people.

The Liverpool Community Independents Team South Ward on my team are : Astra Staines, Jackson Ward, Karress Rhodes (Councillor), Lisa Barca, Anthony Canceri

Ned Mannoun: Liberal.

Ned Mannoun: Liberal.

NED MANNOUN (mayoral candidate)

Why are you running for council? This is election is about us, the Liverpool community - now and and into future.

Residents deserve the facilities and I'm applying for the position of mayor to help the community get what they deserve - better and cleaner parks, roads that aren't full of potholes, and a budget that keeps your rates down. I have the skills, experience, and track record to deliver for residents.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. Keeping rates low by managing the budget.
  2. Building better roads and parks so our families have the best facilities and don't have to drive out of Liverpool to enjoy good, clean parks with toilets etc.
  3. Go back to building a community that we can be proud of. This is about getting back to basics.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? Using my skills and experience residents will be able to elect a mayor who knows what they are doing from day one.

With that experience, we can get back to delivering for residents. We will work on bringing a third university to Liverpool, continue the roll out of CCTV cameras, re-open The Shed at Bigge Park, and build the new swimming pool at Carnes Hill.

None of this can be done when the council finances are in a mess like they are now. Liverpool's debt is projected to go from $38m to $195m in the next few years.

What is your vision for Liverpool? Liverpool should be the best place to raise a family. It should be clean. It should have a council that works with you - not against you.

We need to manage the growth properly. We need better roads, better parks, and a vision for our community. I want to continue the work that was started that this council stopped - making Liverpool Sydney's third city. If this happens we will get better jobs here and hopefully we won't have to travel 2-3 hours everyday to get to work because we can just go into a Liverpool that is like, but better than, Parramatta.

I want people to be proud of Liverpool and this starts by council working for them. Instead of upgrading our parks or roads, this council is building a $195m council building for themselves, the most expensive one ever built in NSW, rather than build things for the community.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket? Fiona Macnaught, Richard Ammoun, Emmaanuel Adjei, Seema Mishra.

Jason Breton

Jason Breton

JASON BRETON

Why are you running for council? I'm running to make a difference to the lifestyle of my family, friends and all residents. I'm not aligned with mainstream political parties because they don't always vote for what is best for Liverpool. They vote for what suits the party. If I'm elected, I want to maintain total honesty about all decision-making.

I am Liverpool through and through after my immigrant parents brought my brother and I to Speed Street where we lived for a period before later settling in neighbouring Casula, playing hockey for Moorebank and Soccer for Liverpool City Robins and Southern Districts out of Ernie Smith Reserve - my memories were of a close-knit community of immigrants, indigenous and established citizens. Working now with some of Australia's largest and businesses in major projects and infrastructure means I can take a commercial, strategic, and professional approach to better the LGA.

People will vote for me as their independent candidate because I have the character and resolve to be truly independent of the 'noise' that consumes local government. If ratepayers want fairness and an independent lens, looking after their interests then they need look no further.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. More caution with decision-making. Councillors who are only half-informed when they vote on important issues are doing the wrong thing by ratepayers.
  2. Get councillors to sign a statutory declaration saying they will read every page of every business document they receive before they vote and will seek additional information if they think it is necessary.
  3. Get more diversity of opinions on council so new ideas can be generated and discussed.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents?

  • Keeping an open mind about every paper I vote on so that I the impact on residents of any decision I make. I don't want residents to ever think they were short-changed by my decision-making because I was pushed for time, was too busy to look at consider viewpoints or I was careless.
  • Being available for face-to-face discussions with the community.
  • Getting better a higher work ethic from our council staff, especially the outdoor workers. We deserve value for the wages bill we pay every week.
  • As a former Detective Chief Inspector - Getting the drug problem out of Macquarie Street.

Independence means I can separate myself from the politics and focus on the people. Separation means I can make my own mind up about matters and issues that are important to you - I don't need to follow party lines, and I won't. Independence means ratepayers will have access to me, as their representative, to ensure the best interests of the ratepayers, is the sole focus of council.

What is your vision for Liverpool? The same as it was when I was a young boy growing up on its streets. A safe, friendly and open environment where people were proud of the city and its name. An agile, responsive, and commercially savvy business community who invest locally in its people and places. Eclectic and colourful streets that smell and taste like the world we come from - where I can eat al fresco and see 100 faces from 100 places. A city that competes and beats our contemporary Neighbours for the rights to be known as Sydney's centrepiece of the Southwest.

I want to see Liverpool truly develop into a major regional city with a unique identity as a multicultural and go-getting area with established education hubs and prestige. I want a city I'll be even prouder to call my home.

Who are the other candidates running on yourticket? Lorenzo Luciano, Denis Harte, Fiona Harte, Toni Cancellara

They are friends and relatives of mine who are as committed as I am to making Liverpool a better place and providing a stable community to raise our children and enjoy our lives in peace and prosperity.

Asm Mahbub Morshed: The Greens

Asm Mahbub Morshed: The Greens

ASM MAHBUB MORSHED (mayoral candidate)

Why are you running for council? I'm running for council because Liverpool has given a lot to me - now it is my turn to give back to Liverpool. As a migrant, I am thankful for the democracy in Australia. I feel that we are very lucky. It is very different to what I knew in my home country. I want to empower those with similar migrant experiences and show them that we can have a say in how we want this country to work. This is why I joined The Greens. We fight to keep our politicians honest and our government transparent.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. Transparency within council.
  2. Affordability.
  3. Combatting the negative effects of climate change.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? The Greens plan for Liverpool City Council is to make a difference for residents in multiple areas, hoping to help support a prosperous and lively council for years to come. One of the foundational pillars of The Greens is grassroots democracy, and we believe that everyone within the community should be able to have a say in what goes on in council. This allows us to discuss with you about the issues that you'd like us to fight for, how we vote on motions in council, and all other decisions we make. We're also committed to making it cheaper to live here, by supporting affordable housing and reducing the cost to access council-owned recreational and aquatic centres. As a party with a focus on the environment, we're concerned with the negative effects of climate change, combatting them by planting trees to increase shade, recognising that we are currently in a climate emergency and implementing strategies to reach net zero by 2030.

What is your vision for Liverpool? Our vision for Liverpool is one that we can all thrive in - an inclusive, prosperous, and caring community that is protected against the pressures of privatisation and from the worst impacts of climate change.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket? For the South Ward, we have Anita Babar, Amara Khan, Apurva Shukla and Syed Mahdy.

Dipesh Chilwal: Independent

Dipesh Chilwal: Independent

DIPESH CHILWAL

Why are you running for council? I am running as Lead Candidate of South Ward for the Andjelkovic Independent Group.

As a resident of Edmondson Park I would like to continue and build on the work that Michael Andjelkovic Independent Community Campaigner for Liverpool Campaigner has done in our Local Community.

I would also like to work with and be of service to the wider community in Liverpool as an independent candidate.

I will do my best to represent the local residents in a fair and balanced manner.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. Ensure that our local parks are provided and maintained.
  2. Making sure local roads are looked
  3. Economic and community recovery after the COVID lockdown

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? By advocating for issues and acting as a spokesperson for residents on matters that impact on our city as Michael Andjelkovic Independent Community Campaigner for Liverpool has done.

What is your vision for Liverpool? I would like to see Liverpool continue to grow as a warm, welcoming friendly city that can use it's diverse mix of residents to enhance our city as a cultural destination in the Greater Sydney Region.

Providing a range of cultural experiences in many areas, food, fashion, music, dance and entertainment.

Who are the other candidates running on your ticket?

GROUP F - Independent

    1. Dipesh Chiluwal
    2. Victor Tey
    3. Nicholas Andjelkovic
    4. Goran Kitic
    5. Peter Rees
  • Dipesh Chiluwal
  • Victor Tey
  • Nicholas Andjelkovic
  • Goran Kitic
  • Peter Rees
  • Dipesh Chiluwal
  • Victor Tey
  • Nicholas Andjelkovic
  • Goran Kitic
  • Peter Rees
  • Dipesh Chiluwal
  • Victor Tey
  • Nicholas Andjelkovic
  • Goran Kitic
  • Peter Rees

All candidates are residents of Liverpool and registered to vote on the Liverpool Electoral Roll.

Ellie Robertson.

Ellie Robertson.

ELLIE ROBERTSON

Why are you running for council? I am running for council because I care. I care that we have a liveable and sustainable community. I care that we can hold our heads high when we tell people where we live. The feedback that I get from residents is that their concerns are not listened to and not taken seriously. This community belongs to everyone and everyone should have a say and input in the decision-making processes. The community deserves councillors that are there for the right reasons, to listen and to proactively serve the community that voted them in. Residents want transparency and integrity not party politics. I also would like to be an example for people living with disabilities that entering the political arena can be a very real option for them as many of them have tertiary qualifications and degrees and their lived experiences would be a very rich asset to have in all forms of government. We also definitely need many more women in the decision-making processes.

What you see is what you get with me. No charades. I believe in love, peace and harmony with one another and with our environment and the animals around us. I take responsibility seriously. I have excellent communication and organisational skills and I have the time to dedicate many hours to being a strong and productive councillor. I think it's time. It's time for the community to have one of their own to represent them on council.

What are the three most important issues for Liverpool?

  1. Overdevelopment and congestion, particularly for Liverpool's southern suburbs. Developers are converging on Sydney's south-west and running-a-muck with bulldozing everything down and buildings popping up with no concern for proper infrastructure, our health, our environment or asthetics. I understand there are restrictions in the powers that local councils have these days, but I always believe that councils are able to lobby and negotiate with the State government for better outcomes and so I would like to get in there and see if that is actually being done and to what extent.
  2. Loss of tree canopy and bushland that not only results in driving away wildlife but also causes urban heating, poor air quality and visually becomes very unappealing.
  3. Roads and parking. There are many roads that need maintenance and there is not enough parking particularly for people with disabilities and parents at school drop off times. The streets in the Liverpool CBD and even in some of the suburbs are a mishmash of one-way roads that are narrow and poky.

How do you plan on making a difference for residents? I don't represent any political party. I am here to represent my community and what they want, to make life better for them and for everybody. I genuinely have the community's interests at heart. My position on council is to listen and serve my constituents. I also live in this area so of course I too, want see better roads, better facilities, more green spaces and more job opportunities. It's not been an easy life for me, but I have come this far, with the successes that I have achieved, because I am like a dog with a bone. If I believe action needs to be taken for something that needs to be done, I will keep at it for as long as it takes. I don't take no for an answer and I do not let anyone intimidate me. I am a hard worker, always have been. I am loyal and committed with strong ethics and integrity with a passion for serving my community.

4. What is your vision for Liverpool? Like my slogan says, a cleaner, greener Liverpool. I want to see a Liverpool that residents can be proud of. A Liverpool that is a desirable place to live and to visit. Overdevelopment needs to be addressed as a priority. My vision is for well-planned clean and shady streets, thriving businesses and eateries, on trend shops, state of the art entertainment areas, a world class animal shelter and lots of natural, green open spaces that will protect our native wildlife.

5. Who are the other candidates running on your ticket? Kaloni Taiatini has been my PA for a number of years. Ms Taiatini has become very familiar with Council operations and members of our community and lives locally with her husband and 5 children.

Lindy Lesley has a degree in pharmacy and is a mother of 3 girls. Lindy and her husband had been very active members in serving the disadvantaged in our community through our local church.

Kim Sadler is also a mother of 3 and teaches at TAFE. Kim and her husband have also been active in serving our community and are very much valued and hard-working members of our church.

David Robertson is my husband, an ex-musician and IT expert. We have lived in Holsworthy for over 20 years and David supports and shares my passions and goals.