Wingecarribee Shire Council

Our Councillors and Our Plan for the Wingecarribee Shire
Gordon Markwart

Gordon Markwart

Gordon spent 10 formative years of his childhood in Robertson, attending Robertson Public School and then Moss Vale High. After moving to Sydney for employment, raising a family and holding various corporate jobs for 30+ years, a few of them overseas, Gordon returned to the Wingecarribee Shire about 10 years ago.

Gordon is passionate about the environment and sustainability, is a regular bushwalker, camper and nature photographer.

“When the existing Greens councillor decided to retire, I sought nomination and was duly elected. The previous term council had been often dysfunctional and the community wasn’t well served. I wanted to change that while ensuring the Greens’ values continue to be incorporated into council decision making.

It’s essential to have a well-functioning council to be effective in the fight to retain the natural beauty and environment of the Southern Highlands.”

Our achievements on council

The Greens have worked on Council to make the Southern Highlands a better place.

In conjunction with a number of supportive councillors we have:

  • Replaced councillor factions with a more issue driven council.
  • Fought for the inclusion of community representation in a range of decisions, including the local Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
  • Participated in the Environment Committee. Any several others of course.
  • Supported community campaigns against inappropriate development proposals.
  • Worked with community groups to gain council funding of worthwhile projects
  • Brought the views of less well represented groups to council.

Greens priorities for Wingecarribee

  • A good place to live by determining appropriate land use.
  • Protect the environment
    • water (aquifers & rivers, streams)
    • native places. parks and forests and reserves
    • new industry to have relatively small environmental footprint.
  • An effective council that represents the full diversity of the local community.