Sunday, August 10, 2008

Announcing Sydney Liberal Action Team - offering Voters Real Choice

Council election about choice and accountability

City of Sydney Councillor Shayne Mallard today launched the Liberal Party’s team for the September Council elections.

Shayne, as the Lord Mayoral candidate, heads the team of nine local residents and business owners. In introducing the team on the campaign’s new website (, Shayne pointed to their experience, “We have a dynamic and energetic group of people standing for Council. We have a balance of age and experience representing the diversity of the residents of the City of Sydney.”

Shayne asked the community to consider carefully the unsustainable financial direction of the current Lord Mayor and her administration.

“Clover Moore’s big spending Council has endorsed the Sydney2030 strategy, estimated to cost $20 billion, without a single business case or financial report presented to the public.”

“Clover Moore’s Council is burning through $180,000 a day more than it gets in ratepayer revenue*.”

“Think of this as the Council indulging in a new, top of the range Mercedes every day for the next four years.”

To underline the point of how excessive the cash deficit is, Shayne launched his team on William Street, famous for its expensive sports cars as a dramatic visual reminder of the extravagance of this big spending Lord Mayor and her ‘Independent Party’.

“With growing economic uncertainty, Sydney can no longer afford this big spending Lord Mayor and her unquestioning Councillors.”

“The City Council should budget to live within its means, just like the rest of us.”

“My Liberal Action Team offers a real choice for voters. We will give the Council accountability and balance on what could be the most financially undisciplined Council in the history of Sydney."

"The real choice is between our middle ground, mainstream team or a cluster of hard line, big spending, left wing politicians,” he concluded.

The Liberal Action Team will be announcing policies in three key areas over the coming weeks focused on restoring pride and business confidence, building safer neighbourhoods and fixing parking and traffic problems.

* Source: City of Sydney Corporate Plan 2009-2012

Details and pictures are available at the website:

Shayne Mallard – has been a councillor for eight years, first serving on the former South Sydney Council and then the City of Sydney from 2004. Shayne’s career in local government has focused on responsible financial management of ratepayers’ money and supporting business growth and local employment. Shayne is actively involved in supporting community organisations, including the NSW Council for Civil Liberties and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association.
Shayne’s profession is as a corporate marketing and communications consultant operating a small business in East Sydney. Previous to this Shayne has worked in media, advertising and government roles. Shayne also took a break from the white collar world and opened a successful nursery and garden design business in East Sydney in partnership with his brother. He continues to have a passion for gardening and horticulture, which has been valuable in his leadership on the future of Hyde Park, other parklands and the expansion of the city’s street trees. Shayne was born and raised in outer western Sydney. He completed a degree in political science and Australian history at Macquarie University. Shayne moved to the inner eastern suburbs in the early 1990s and today he lives with his partner in Potts Point.

Edward Mandla – held leadership roles in Australian and multinational technology organisations. Edward runs his own executive search business. He spent four years as National President and Immediate Past President of the Australian Computer Society. In 2007, Edward was the Liberal candidate for the State Seat of Sydney. Edward has three children and two city dogs that come to work each day and enjoy being out on the campaign trail.

Rebecca Lau – has lived in the City of Sydney for more than 10 years. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Rebecca has a background in marketing and has worked for several years in the publishing industry both in Australia and in the UK. She is now the Director of a fashion company based in Sydney and is regularly interviewed in magazines and on TV. She is passionate about living in a city that is recognised as one of the best in the world.

Georgina Anderson – after completing an economics degree at the University of Sydney and working with BHP, Georgina went to New York to study acting. Upon her return Georgina trod the boards in Sydney and established her own business in the city as an independent mortgage broker. Georgina was the candidate for the federal seat of Sydney in the 2007 election and she is a member of the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce.

David Evans – is a resident of Pyrmont. David studied engineering and obtained his honours degree in engineering from the University of Surrey UK in 1970. He worked as a designer and project manager. David has also operated a consultancy service that provides software development and analysis to blue chip companies. David has been married to Marilyn for 39 years and together have raised three children. David is currently chairperson of the owners’ corporation of a large city strata building; while Marilyn has been involved with the administration of the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce. Both believe strongly in developing local community associations.

Glenn Phillips – lives in Newtown and is a solicitor who specialises in corporate, commercial and intellectual property law. He is currently the general counsel and a senior manager with an Australian-based manufacturing company. Glenn has previously worked as a tax consultant and as a solicitor. He has also been an investment banker in Tokyo. Glenn is active in the community. For a number of years he was one of the organisers of the Mardi Gras Film Festival and he remains a trustee of the Stephen Cummins Film Trust. He is currently working with the organisers on arrangements for the Under the Blue Moon Festival, the annual goth festival in Newtown and Enmore.

Adrian Bartels – has ten years experience in the finance industry. For the last three years, Adrian has had his own finance broking business in Kings Cross. Adrian is involved with the Kings Cross Partnership, as treasurer. He is chairman of the Owner's Corporation. He has volunteered at the Wayside Chapel, St. Canices Church, and with the Jesuit Refugee Service. He has more recently become involved with Amnesty International. He has a Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences (Political Economy and Government and International Relations). Adrian lives with his partner of nine years in Potts Point. Together they share a passion for human rights and social justice.

Giovanni Frischman – lives in Glebe, but was born in Cape Town, South Africa. His family immigrated to Australia in 1992. After spending two years in Adelaide, he moved to Townsville where his parents worked as paediatricians. Giovanni was a member of the Townsville Youth Council and graduated from Pimlico State High School in 2004. After graduating, he lived for a year in Chile, where he became fluent in Spanish and learned to appreciate the good fortune that Australians enjoy. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with a major in Latin at the University of Sydney.

Jeff Koid – was born in Singapore and grew up in Sydney. He is a Financial Adviser working in the CBD who walks to work from his home in Pyrmont. He attended the University of Western Sydney where he was active on the student council. A music lover, Jeff plays both electric and acoustic guitar. He is a regular at St Bedes Church, Pyrmont where he plays guitar for the Choir. Jeff worked full time as a volunteer for World Youth Day and wants a more active voice on Council for the younger residents of Sydney.

(pictured Left to right - David Evans, Giovanni Frischman, Rebecca Lau, Edward Mandla, Shayne Mallard, Georgina Anderson, Glenn Phillips, Adrian Bartels - Note Jeff Koid not in picture)