Councillor for Woollahra Council, Paddington ward
Matthew has advocated for more affordable housing and preschool places at the Hugh Latimer Centre, a new public high school at the Edgecliff Centre, active transport linkages including the signature Bondi-Rose Bay shared path and the Paddington Greenway. Matthew has driven Council’s response to COVID-19 including support for Paddington businesses and championed return planning powers to determine DAs to elected councillors.
Matthew was re-elected in 2021 and is committed to ensuring climate change remains at the forefront of Council’s focus and approach in everything local government delivers for Woollahra. Matthew continues to push for the delivery of key initiatives achieved this term, including:
- More facilities and spaces for young people – including the Rushcutters Bay youth recreation facility.
- An urban forest strategy to bring a coordinated approach to the care for Woollahra’s well-loved street trees and public parklands.
- A public domain plan for Paddington that preserves and showcases our area’s unique heritage character – the Paddington Greenway
- The Paddington Greenway: active transport corridor linking Centennial Park via Trumper Park, to Rushcutters Bay Park and Sydney harbor.
Matthew currently works in the higher education sector. For many years Matthew worked at the Wayside Chapel to advance the rights and welfare of the most marginalised members of the eastern suburbs community. He lives at Five Ways Paddington with his rescue dog, Phoenix.