Includes partially or wholly the following localities and postcodes.
Localities: Adamstown, Bar Beach, Broadmeadow, Carrington, Cooks Hill, Fern Bay, Fullerton Cove, Georgetown, Hamilton, Hamilton East, Hamilton North, Hamilton South, Hexham, Islington, Kooragang, Maryville, Mayfield, Mayfield East, Mayfield North, Mayfield West, Merewether, Merewether Heights, New Lambton, Newcastle, Newcastle East, Newcastle West, Sandgate, Stockton, The Hill, The Junction, Tighes Hill, Warabrook, Waratah, Wickham.
Postcodes: 2289, 2291, 2292, 2293, 2294, 2295, 2296, 2297, 2298, 2300, 2302, 2303, 2304, 2305, 2318, 2322
Area: 123.092 square kilometres
First joined the Australian Labor Party in 1993. Served as secretary of Mount Hutton Branch, Wickham Branch, Newcastle LGC, Newcastle SEC. President of Newcastle LGC. State Conference delegate, State Policy Committee member. Elected Labor Councillor on Newcastle City Council for two terms. Former Chair of the State Parliamentary Labor Caucus.
Patron of Newcastle Justices of the Peace, Stockton Cricket Club, Hillcrest Tennis Club, and Young Peoples Theatre Newcastle. Former board member of Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Northern Settlement Services. Chair of the Throsby Creek Government Agencies Committee and Newcastle Live Music Taskforce. Member of the Public Service Association.
2008 to 2016, Councillor, Newcastle City Council
Married with four children.
Intermediate and Advanced Industrial Law Certificates
Bachelor of Business, Charles Sturt University
Master of International Studies, University of Sydney
President of Charles Sturt University Students Association, Clerk Workers' Educational Association (WEA), Department of Community Services Disability Support Worker, Environmental Education Centre Indonesia, Electorate Officer to Tanya Plibersek MP, Allan Morris MP and Sharon Grierson MP, Communications Manager Mine Safety, Senior Policy Officer NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council, Principal Policy Officer NSW Mine Safety, Councillor Newcastle City Council.
Surfing, running, football, rugby league, bike riding, camping, reading, music and art
Inaugural Speech, 13 November 2014:
The Parliament of New South Wales acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of all Aboriginal people, and pays respects to all Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Parliament of New South Wales stands.