Council and Councillors

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Structure

Senior Management

Councillors

Structure

Great Lakes Council's internal structure is divided between three Divisions: Corporate & Community Services; Engineering Services and Planning & Environmental Services. Council employs approximately 350 staff.

 

Senior Management

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General Manager:

Director Corporate &
Community Services:

Director Engineering
Services:

Director Planning &
Environmental Services:

Mr Glenn Handford

Mr Steve Embry

Mr Ron Hartley

Ms Lisa Schiff

 

Councillors

Local Government elections are usually held every four years. It is compulsory for all residents within the Council area to vote if their names appear on the electoral roll. Non-resident property owners may vote if they make application for their names to be included on a non-residential roll.

Council consists of nine Councillors who represent the entire Local Government area, with the last election held on 8 September 2012. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are nominated and elected annually by their fellow Councillors during the September Council meeting. Councillors are always happy to hear from members of the community about issues of interest and concern.

Councillor Jan McWilliams (Mayor)

Councillor Len Roberts (Deputy Mayor)

Councillor Linda Gill

Councillor Karen Hutchinson

Councillor Carol McCaskie AM 

Councillor Jim Morwitch

Councillor Tony Summers

Councillor Leigh Vaughan

Councillor John Weate


Councillor Jan McWilliams (Mayor)

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Cr McWilliams was first elected to Council in September 1995. She has been re-elected at Ordinary elections held in September 1999, March 2004, September 2008 and in September 2012 which will be her fifth term as a Councillor. She was elected as Deputy Mayor in September 2002, a position she held until September 2008. Cr McWilliams was first elected as Mayor on 30 September 2008 and continues to hold that position.

Personal details: Cr McWilliams has lived in the Great Lakes area for over 28 years. She has two daughters and four grandchildren and has previously worked as an office administrator for a range of companies.

Contact details

PO Box 450, Forster NSW 2428
02 6591 7202 (ph)
02 6591 7366 (fax)
cr.mcwilliams@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au


Councillor Len Roberts (Deputy Mayor)
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Cr Roberts first served on Council from July 2000 until April 2003. He was re-elected to Council in March 2004, September 2008 and again for his fourth term in September 2012.  He was elected to the position of Deputy Mayor in September 2012.

Personal details: Cr Roberts has extensive experience in Local Government, having served 10 years on Blacktown Council and the Local Government Appeals Tribunal from 1977 until its inception into the Land and Environment Court. He is married to Sue with four adult children and lives on the family farm/eucalypt plantation at Tea Gardens. Cr Roberts is a former local School Teacher and now a consulting Archaeologist. He is also active in many community organisations.  He was appointed Honorary Pastor of Tea Gardens Baptist Church in 2010.  He is a member and former Deputy Chairman of Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council and is a member of the National Party.

Contact details

PO Box 450, Forster NSW 2428
02 4997 1011 (ph)
02 4997 1011 (fax)

cr.roberts@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au


Councillor Linda Gill
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Cr Gill was first elected to Council in September 1991 and has been re-elected at Ordinary elections held in September 1995, September 1999, March 2004, September 2008 and September 2012 which will be her sixth term as a Councillor.  Cr Gill is the longest serving female on Great Lakes Council and was also the first female Chair of Midcoast Water.

Personal details: Cr Gill is married to Greg and has lived in the area for 28 years.  Cr Gill has a real passion for the environment and community and works diligently as a public interest and environmental advocate and activist.

Contact details

PO Box 450, Forster NSW 2428
02 4997 7263 (ph)
02 4997 7263 (fax)
cr.gill@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au


Councillor Karen Hutchinson
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Cr Hutchinson was first elected to Council in March 2004, again in September 2008 and was re-elected to her third term in September 2012.

Personal details: Cr Hutchinson is married to Paul, has two adult daughters and five grandchildren. Cr Hutchinson was born in Sydney and moved to Booral on  their 1,000 acre beef cattle and poultry farm in 1997.

Cr Hutchinson plays an active role in the day to day running of the agri business and small business interests on the family farm. She is very aware of the trials and tribulations of small business. The committees she is on reflects her passion for small business, tourism and the environment.

Contact details

PO Box 450, Forster NSW 2428
02 4994 9324 (ph)
02 4994 9326 (fax)
cr.hutchinson@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au


Councillor Carol McCaskie AM
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Cr McCaskie was first elected to Council in March 2004, again in September 2008 and was re-elected to her third term in September 2012.

Personal details: Cr McCaskie has lived in the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest area for 12 years. She is involved as a Lawyer in a number of tribunals, with a background in social justice issues.

Contact details

PO Box 450, Forster NSW 2428
02 4997 1562 (ph)
02 4997 1862 (fax)

cr.mccaskie@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au


Councillor Jim Morwitch

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Cr Morwitch was elected to his first term on Council at the September 2012 Local Government election.

Personal details:  Jim, now retired, had a successful broad ranging business career. His first 11 years were in Chartered Accounting then he moved into commerce where he made an unusual progression from Finance via Corporate Development to Marketing and General Management with national and global responsibilities. He retired to Forster but was immediately offered and accepted a two year term project to help establish a local company. The establishment task was completed in 18 months.

His commitment to community service is evidenced by his 27 year membership of Rotary. He has served as Club President and as District Assistant Governor and has been on his Clubs' Boards for most of those years putting "service above self" for community betterment.

Jim is married to Irene, they have three married adult children and seven grand children. Jim and Irene both enjoy the company of family and friends, travel, golf, lawn bowls and regular walking.

Contact details

PO Box 450, Forster NSW 2428
cr.morwitch@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au


Councillor Tony Summers

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Cr Summers was elected to his first term on Council at the September 2012 Local Government election.  He is a local resident who has lived in Forster for over 40 years and is married to Mary with four children.  He has been predominantly self-employed in a variety of business ventures involved with the building / construction industry, the kitchen manufacturing industry, as well as owning and operating indoor cricket centres in both Taree and Forster.  After studying Conveyancing Law and Practice at Macquarie University he accepted the position of Property and Legal Manager at MidCoast Water for six years.

Being a long term resident of Forster, Cr Summers has had the opportunity to assist the community by serving on several committees some of which include: Forster Tuncurry Rugby League Football Club (Hawks); Forster Tuncurry Cricket Club; Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club; Forster Tuncurry Golf Club; Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch; Forster Neighbour Centre and Great Lakes FM Radio.  He is also a Life Member of Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club and Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch.

Contact details

PO Box 450, Forster NSW 2428
cr.summers@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au


Councillor Leigh Vaughan

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Cr Vaughan was first elected to Council in March 2004, again in September 2008 and was re-elected to her third term in September 2012. She was elected to the State Executive of the Local Government Association in 2008, and was recently re-elected. She is a member of the LGSA Social Policy Committee, the Conference Planning Committee and is Chair of the Women's Committee. She also chairs the Hunter Council's Community and Cultural Development Advisory Committee.

Personal details: Cr Vaughan is committed to the right of all people to live in a safe, clean, creative environment. A background in education and performing arts has fuelled a passion for lifelong learning accessible for all and she is involved in many community organisations. Cr Vaughan founded and chairs Great Lakes Arts Network. She is founding Chair of Conservatorium Mid North Coast, has been Vice Chair of the Board of Arts MNC for some years and is founding Director of Company of Voices. As founding Chair of community orchestra Sinfonia Mid North Coast, she was the recipient of the 2006 National Award from Orchestras Australia, recognising her contribution to community cultural development. She has also been an owner builder and been involved in small business. Leigh is married to John and they have lived in Forster for over 35 years, where they raised three daughters.

Contact details

PO Box 450, Forster NSW 2428
02 6555 7489 (ph)
02 6555 7485 (fax)
cr.vaughan@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au


Councillor John Weate

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Cr Weate was first elected to Council in September 1991, has been re-elected at Ordinary elections held in September 1995, September 1999, March 2004, September 2008 and September 2012 which will be his sixth term as a Councillor. He has served as Deputy Mayor from September 1994 - September 1996, from September 1997 - September 1998 and from September 2008 - September 2011.

Personal details:  Cr Weate has lived at Darawank, Tuncurry for 33 years, where he and Deborah raised four children.  He is employed as manager of Great Lakes Community Resources.

Contact details

PO Box 450, Forster NSW 2428
02 6555 5341 (ph)
02 6555 8933 (fax)
cr.weate@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au 


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Last Updated: 11/04/2013