Bathurst Regional CouncilOur Candidates and Our Plan for Bathurst
John is well known in the Bathurst region for his longstanding commitment to the local environment. John is keen to support the exciting opportunities ahead, and believes that Bathurst can be expanded as a regional hub for small business in the renewable energy sector, local clean food, technology, freight, tourism, sport and education. Using his extensive experience in sustainability, land management and affordable eco homebuilding John will ensure Bathurst is climate resilient and food & energy secure. John is currently working with the Federal Government Green Army program, managing environmental projects.
Cathie Hale currently manages the Bathurst Wholefood Co Operative and is passionate about local food for local people, sustainable food production and building a community organisation that engages people of all abilities and disabilities. Cathie has lived in Bathurst for 20 years with her husband and three children and strongly believes that Bathurst can promote itself as a welcome city for refugees and migrants. She would also like to see Bathurst put its best foot forward with more street tree plantings, historic buildings preserved and urban green spaces created and maintained.
- Bathurst water for local people
- Support local businesses, create local jobs
- Renewable energy for lower power bills
- Connect cycleways, parks and pathways with new and existing developments
- Celebrate our city and villages’ culture and heritage, including preserving our old buildings for community use
David Harvey has lived in Bathurst for 18 years with his wife and three daughters and has run a Food Safety consulting and auditing business in Bathurst for the past 11 years. Having held down the position of president for Bre&d, the organisation which started the Farmers Markets and held events such as Bre&d on the Bridge, David knows the value of community engagement. He would like to see more path and cycleways plus improved public transport for Bathurst residents.
Originally from the lower Blue Mountains, Emma moved to Bathurst in 2014 to study a Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media) and upon completing her degree decided to make Bathurst a permanent home. Passionate about the environment and social justice Emma is running for council to represent the young people of this community. She has a strong interest in community engagement and believes in a voice for all.
Michael Mullen works as an Occupational Therapist and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Coordinator with Western NSW Local Health District and has run a private practice small business for 7 years. He has lived in Bathurst for the past 3 years with his partner and two daughters. Michael’s vision for the Bathurst community is for a sustainable liveable climate proofed city with improved public transport, cycleways, pathways and community facilities, ensuring we have enough water for a growing city and ensure the health of Wambool/Macquarie catchment; a regional hub for the new economy focused on renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, education and tourism, that provides long term jobs for our community.
Elizabeth Barrett has lived in the Bathurst region for over 30 years working as a medical practitioner in a range of fields including rural health, women’s & children’s health, Aboriginal health and senior management. Elizabeth remains committed to a strong public health system, quality education for all plus a healthy community and environment plus a vibrant arts and cultural scene to nourish the spirit.