Margaret Mayger, Geoffrey Lee, Geoff Pullen
Are you part or have you been part of a political party? If so, which one?
Labor, since the 90’s
Tell us a bit about you and your team? What’s your day job?
In Central Ward, we are a diverse team of myself, Bernard Purcell, retired high school teacher, Margaret Mayger, Chinese community advocate, Geoffrey Lee and accountant Geoff Pullen. I am a media producer who has lived and worked in Sydney and overseas. I was a registered nurse in another life at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. I certainly saw some things in the Emergency Department. I am 23 years married, having 2 teenage boys with my wife Eliza. I have been in Denistone for just on ten years enjoying constant community activism at the boys’ schools, the local soccer team (Eastwood St Andrews) and general committees. I would be delighted to represent the people of the council area.
What are some things you love about living in the area?
I really love the bush that you encounter as you enter our council area over the Parramatta river. It is a safe suburb with community-minded people. I particularly love the cultural diversity and embrace inclusion
What do you believe to be the 3 main issues affecting our community?
- Insufficient social infrastructure as a result of overdevelopment
- Lack of Open and green recreational spaces.
What are the 3 key things you plan to achieve?
- Stop the sale of Meadowbank Operations Centre to developers
- Improve Ryde’s footpath, cycle and road networks
- Work with state government to solve the problem of overcrowding in Ryde’s schools
What about your long term vision for the area?
While it takes time and consultation, I wish to find real parking solutions for local commuters and allow traffic to flow more freely.
How do you plan to influence state policy that impacts on our community?
I think this is one of the real benefits of being in Labor- we have the ears of those at state level. This increases the effectiveness of our representation of the people of Ryde.
Read more at Bernards Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pg/bernardpurcellryde