Dr Mackenzie is a social scientist and policy consultant with fifteen years’ experience in academic, government and consulting roles. Over this time, he has worked around the country on policy initiatives that bring communities together to find solutions to complex, divisive and intractable natural resource management problems, such as water allocation in the Murray-Darling Basin and Indigenous water rights in Cape York and the Kimberley.

As councillor, Dr Mackenzie’s work builds on his solid reputation as a local community organiser, leading campaigns for improved health regulations to reduce air and water pollution in our port and rail corridor suburbs, and opposing the fourth coal terminal. As the former co-ordinator of the Hunter Community Environment Centre, Dr Mackenzie led the community campaigns against the fourth coal terminal and for covered coal wagons and coal stockpiles.