Firstly, all my current Council team – Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully, Robert Kok, Philip Thalis and Jess Miller – will be seeking re-election.
They are talented, articulate and have worked so hard over the past five years on Council, and made such an important contribution to the city. I am very happy to announce that they will all be running again on my ticket.
Councillor Robert Kok is a practicing lawyer, three-term City Councillor and advocate for Sydney’s multicultural communities.
Jess Miller is an advocate for liveable cities and works in community engagement, placemaking and communication strategy.
Jess Scully is the current Deputy Lord Mayor, an author, curator and creative powerhouse, who has led major Sydney events including Vivid Ideas and TEDxSydney.
Philip Thalis is a leading architect and urban designer, and an advocate for design excellence in architecture, public space and city making.
We will be joined by five new candidates, all of whom are strong community and progressive leaders in their own right. I'm so thrilled to be running with this excellent group of city leaders.
HY William Chan
William Chan is a Sydney architect, urban planner and former fellow in sustainable cities with the UN, advocating for youth and climate justice.
A first-generation migrant, Will was educated at the University of Sydney and has practiced as an architect within the City of Sydney. Will’s city-making projects across affordable and social housing, smart infrastructure, public space and the circular economy have been exhibited in 40 cities.
Will mobilised young people to take climate action through his leadership on the national council of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). As UNICEF’s Young Ambassador for Australia, he has represented the voice of children and youth across Sydney.
Elaine Czulkowski is the former Fundraising Manager for the successful Australian Marriage Equality Campaign and now works in the not for profit sector focussing on LGBTQ workplace inclusion.
She has over 20 years’ experience in a number of senior roles in the management consulting industry.
As an accomplished professional, Elaine has used her many years of corporate experience to support numerous NGOs and community groups, as she is passionate about equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Ms (Waskam) Emelda Davis is proud of her diverse indigenous ancestry as a second-generation Australian South Sea Islander (ASSI) of First Nations and Caribbean heritage.
She is a passionate resident of Pyrmont with strong links to the local community, as well as a strong advocate for cultural diversity and greater inclusion for her Indigenous, Pacific, and ASSI communities.
She is a key organiser for Sugar Fest - Oceanic History Culture & Music, held in Pirrama Park since 2019 annually, which remembers our nation’s true history that began tens of thousands of years ago with the First Australians and acknowledges the contribution of Australian South Sea Islander Blackbirded to Australia as Slaves.
Mike Galvin is a very active resident of Darlinghurst, who loves his local community and is a strong advocate for our homeless, local youth, the LGBTQI community, climate action and animal welfare.
Mike has been on the Surry Hills Business Partnership Board since 2019 and founded ‘Darlo Darlings’ Facebook Group in 2018 – a group for residents and businesses in Postcode 2010.
He is currently working in a senior role in the banking sector and brings important skills to continue our strong financial management of the city.
Adam Worling has been a resident of the City of Sydney for 35 years. Residing in Potts Point, Kings Cross, Redfern and Surry Hills, Adam trained as an apprentice chef before moving into retail and public relations.
Over the last 20 years under his PR agency, Adam has shaped the presence of brands such as David Jones, Carla Zampatti, Ginger & Smart and the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Adam’s great passion is sustainability, which led to him working with not-for-profit charity Thread Together, an organisation that redistributes excess new clothing to people in need.
This is the team to keep our city powering.
We are energised about continuing great work for our city and community, and we need to ensure as many of us as possible are elected to ensure we can maintain that work.
This is the team to continue our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, to meet our targets for emissions reduction and greening, to complete our safe cycling network and increase mass transit connections, to ensure adequate social and affordable housing – to continue the transformation of our global city which we began in 2004.