Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore today revealed her team of Independents to take on the City of Sydney election on September 10.

“I am so excited to lead this exceptional team of Sydneysiders who already have such strong track records advocating for their communities and our city,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Everyone on my team has proven their mettle as experienced leaders and powerful advocates in business, planning, creative culture, sustainability and governance.They come with formidable reputations and a passion for our city.

“This team is incredibly important - if we want our progressive work at the City to continue then I need to be re-elected with a strong majority. I’ve chosen people I strongly believe are best placed to work with me to lead the City of Sydney now and into the future and I am proud to stand alongside all of them.”

The 2016 Independent Team includes: Clover Moore, Kerryn Phelps, Jess Scully, Philip Thalis, Robert Kok, Jess Miller and Catherine Lezer.

The Lord Mayor said the strength of the 2016 Independent Team builds on the track record established in previous terms.

“I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved as community based independents since 2004 and the city we’ve created: wonderful parks and playgrounds, villages connected by pedestrian links and bike lanes, taking action on climate change with small bars and a thriving cultural scene. Plus a strong financially secure organisation and a record breaking business and development boom.

“Unlike the old parties, our Independent team looks beyond election cycles and backs up policies with real action. We consult, we do the research, we make clear commitments and then take action.

“This new team of Independents will work with me to take things up a notch - to amplify our leading action on climate change, our investment in creative industries, our work to increase affordable housing, design excellence and sustainable urban development, our massive investment in infrastructure and our strong commitment to sustainable transport. We will continue to serve all our diverse communities.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with excellent councillors on the Independent Team and I would like to thank John Mant and Jenny Green for all their work this past term and for their tireless effort and vision for our city.”

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Clover Moore is a community advocate, champion for progressive policies and the first woman popularly elected Lord Mayor of Sydney. Under her independent leadership, Sydney has developed a global reputation for taking ambitious action on climate change, delivering award-winning facilities, protecting open space, promoting design excellence, delivering new transport options and initiating progressive solutions to complex social problems. As a member of the NSW Parliament, she initiated more legislative reform than any other MP, Ministers aside. When she held the balance of power in the NSW Parliament with two other independents, she delivered a charter of reform called the most significant state political reform agenda of any Westminster Parliament in the 20th century. Small bars, freedom of information laws, whistleblower protection, disclosure of government contracts, boarding house protection, tenant's rights, strata title reform, making it illegal to incite hatred against members of the LGBT community and making same sex adoption legal are among her achievements. She was forced to resign from Parliament in 2012 after the Liberal State Government made it illegal for her to continue in both roles. Since being elected Lord Mayor, Clover has donated her more than $1.23 million in Lord Mayoral fees to support animal welfare and help the City's most disadvantaged people.

Councillor Robert Kok is a practicing lawyer and advocate for Sydney’s Asian communities. Since being elected to Council in 2008, Cr Kok’s support for the Chinatown Improvement Plan has assisted in revitalising this historic area into a world renowned attraction and business hub. Building on his understanding of Australia’s diverse Asian communities and the international business environment, he is committed to further strengthening the relationship between Sydney and Asia. He was a former chair of the Australia Chinese Community Association, a charity organisation providing home and community care programs. Robert currently chairs the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival, now the largest celebrations outside China. He is also a member of the Panel of Advisors for the University of Sydney China Studies Centre and a Governor for WWF-Australia.

Jess Scully is a curator and creative powerhouse, leading major Sydney events including Vivid Ideas and TEDxSydney. She is a former magazine editor (Empty, Yen and SummerWinter), conference organiser (Creative Sydney, Junket) and arts adviser (Green Square public library & plaza, NSW Arts Minister). Scully is a regular voice on ABC 702 and 2SER FM. She won the British Council’s Realise Your Dream 2007, was included in The Sydney Morning Herald’s 100 Most Influential People 2012, and named FBI Radio’s SMAC of The Year 2013.

Professor Kerryn Phelps AM is a doctor, health and civil rights advocate and established leader. Former president of the Australian Medical Association, Phelps was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to Australian society and medicine and in 2011 named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medicine. While at the AMA, Phelps was instrumental in establishing an advisory committee on Indigenous health, promoting debate on the importance of the public health system in response to bioterrorism, and establishing key climate change health policies. Phelps is founder and principal clinician at Sydney Integrative Medicine and Cooper Street Clinic in Sydney.

Philip Thalis is an architect, urban design leader and advocate for design excellence in architecture and the public domain. Founding principal of Hill Thalis, he has won more than 60 awards, commendations and competitions for architecture, urban design, planning, public domain and heritage projects. Leading multidisciplinary teams, he planned the waterfront park and designed pavilion structures in Pirrama Park, framed the Sydney Green Games agenda with his competition winning proposal for the Sydney Olympic Village, and won the initial international competition for the Barangaroo site. With his extensive knowledge of Sydney’s architecture and urban history, Philip teaches at various Sydney universities and regularly delivers public lectures. His definitive book, Public Sydney: Drawing the City co-authored with Peter John Cantrill was published in 2013.

Jess Miller is an advocate for liveable cities and works in community engagement, placemaking and communication strategy. Her start as a grassroots communicator for the environment and community-led gardening set her up with the skills to do a lot on very little. She created or co-created Grow It Local, The Garage Sale Trail, Greenups – Sydney’s sustainability drinks, the Tweed Ride, the Elizabeth Street photographic art gallery, and crowdfarming for the audience at TEDxSydney. She has won many awards, including the Wentworth Courier’s 2010 Business Achiever Award, Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Most Influential People 2012, AILA President’s Award for contribution to Landscape Architecture 2014 and Sydney Electorate Woman of the Year 2014. Founder of Goody Two Shoes, she is a mum and dedicated cyclist.

Catherine Lezer is a business leader and advocate for apartment residents across the state, especially on sustainability and green strata reform. She is Director of Strata Communities Association NSW and chair in two buildings, where she implemented sustainable initiatives resulting in each of the owners’ corporations saving significantly on costs, waste and emissions. Her skills in finance, corporate governance and business led her to key roles with Westpac, Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors and Margaret River property developer Juventus Pty Ltd as well as driving the startup through to sale of cosmetics business Stem Cell Skin Science. In 2014 she was given the Strata Communities Australia Award for Community Engagement.

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