Phil and his wife Annie Nielsen have lived in the Parramatta area for 22 years with their two daughters.

Phil has been a civil engineer, TAFE head teacher, and an officer of the Teachers Union, working for better conditions for students and workers. He remains a committed “Save TAFE” activist.

Phil won a National Volunteer Award for his leadership roles in the Parramatta Climate Action Group, Heritage Female Factory Friends and as president of Reconciliation for Western Sydney for 20 years. He also volunteers with Bushcare and the Better Planning Network.

As a Councillor, Phil would continue to advocate strongly for Parramatta’s green spaces, heritage and communities. He would oppose overdevelopment and support renters’ rights, affordable housing, local clean energy jobs and quality childcare.