Committee of Management 2016/2017

(in alphabetical order)

Steven Cook
Committee member
I am a senior town planner working in development assessment at Wagga Wagga City Council, having commenced with WWCC initially in the early 2000s as a pool lifeguard in my university days, before moving into planning. I also have planning experience working at Tumut Shire Council, where I commenced as a cadet planner in 2005. I feel a strong connection to regional NSW after spending almost my whole life in Wagga, moving to the city from Dubbo at the age of 7.
As a delegate, as well as chair of my Council’s Consultative Committee, I am a keen advocate on day to day industrial matters. However, I also hold a keen interest in depa’s role providing professional advocacy and support for the various professions represented by the union, particularly to government in these times of rolling and ongoing reform within the planning system and local government.
I am seeking election to the Committee of Management to help contribute to the strategic operation of the union and to contribute positively for the benefit of the whole membership. I am proud of the job we development and environmental professionals carry out in local government, and how we improve our local communities.
Phone: 6926 9550
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Jo Doheny
I believe that it is important to be involved on the Management Committee of depa to make an active contribution to the promotion of the various professionals it represents. I will support the promotion of depa to ensure that member views are represented and appropriate employment conditions are maintained. I will also contribute to the strategic policy settings of the union as well as the Local Government Award and other legislative changes which may affect our professions. The union has a demonstrated a history of sound advocacy for the members that I will seek to continue in a professional manner and to further the objectives of the union.
Our union is a well run organisation which delivers excellent results to our members in a cost effective manner which will be maintained by increasing our membership and maintaining good management practices.
I will continue to advance our members’ workplace conditions and strengthen our professional standing in local government and the community through my involvement with the Management Committee.
Phone: 4325 8248
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Joanne Dunkerley
Committee Member
I started my career as a Student Environmental Health and Building Surveyor at North Sydney Council in 1995, followed by 8.5 years as a building surveyor at Ku-ring-gai and Willoughby Councils. In 2007, after completing studies in urban and regional planning, I had a sea-change moving to Great Lakes Council and a new role as a town planner. Last year I moved to Newcastle City Council in an Urban Planning role.
At Great Lakes Council I served as the depa delegate and represented members on the Consultative Committee. For the last 4 years I have also served on the depa Committee of Management.
My experience in a diverse range of development and environmental roles in both metropolitan and regional councils provides me with a good understanding of the varied challenges that depa members can face.
I believe it is important to actively contribute to depa to ensure the continued growth and success of the association to achieve the best possible outcomes for members. With significant changes being proposed for local government, it is important to be involved and make sure depa continues to be an effective voice in the review process.
Phone: 4974 2891
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Vince Galletto
Committee Member
I have extensive experience in local government in the area of health and building surveying and development assessment with a career spanning 36 years across a number of metropolitan councils including Fairfield, Strathfield and Ryde.
I have always been an active member of depa and I have considerable experience as a delegate and a member of a number of Consultative Committees.
I have conviction in the protection of workers' rights and entitlements in the work place as well as improving conditions in striving for a better work life balance.
I'm invigorated by the challenges facing local government with regards to council mergers and I'm excited by the prospects of the long lasting benefits that this may provide councils and I want to be part of depa's response and action as this process progresses and unfolds.
Phone: 9952 8233
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Renah Givney
Committee Member
I have worked in local government for the past 13 years as a town planner in various development assessment roles. I currently work as a senior development assessment officer at Coffs Harbour City Council, where I am the depa delegate and also represent members on the consultative committee.
Having worked in development assessment, I appreciate the challenges and pressures that environmental and development professionals regularly fact in the local government context and the important role that depa plays in supporting members.
I believe in a productive and equitable workplace that values and respects its staff. Given the significant changes and associated challenges local government will face in the coming months and years, I believe it is important that depa continues to provide strong and constructive input to ensure that appropriate working conditions are maintained for members.
depa has a proven track record of delivering successful results to its membership and as a member of the Committee of Management I would actively contribute to the direction of the Association and promote and support the interests of its members.
Phone: 6648 4647
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Brendan Hayes
Committee Member
Along with my 30 years in local government and membership of our association, I have represented depa on Council consultative committees, many years as chair. I maintain qualifications and practical application across the roles of building, development and environmental health and maintain an understanding how these roles are impacted professionally and industrially in the current local government environment.
I believe that I have developed and maintain a skill set that not only provides a practical endorsement of our current association’s position but the ability to openly review and enhance its direction to provide contemporary application to its long held mission.
I would very much like to be part of a leadership group that strives for workplaces that are fair, appropriate and reasonable and reflect this in its policy development and approach and dealings with all industrial matters.
Phone: 6343 1212
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Jamie Loader
Vice President
The Local Government sector is entering a significant period of change with the Fit for the Future recommendations being implemented across the state. Strong, effective and strategic industrial leadership is crucial in this process to ensure that the opportunities presented by council amalgamations are realised and taken advantage of. Larger, more financially stable councils can only benefit their communities and improve employee conditions and job stability. I am extremely proud of the role that depa plays within the industrial framework of Local Government and our reputation, whilst hard-earned, speaks for itself. If we're involved, there's a fight to be fought.
I've been a member of the Committee for seven years now, five of those as Vice President, and during this time I've been involved in setting the strategic direction of the association, as well as representing the union in a broad range of forums. I look forward to continuing my role on the depa Committee of Management.
Phone: 4350 5180
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Michael Middleton
Committee member
I have been a long standing member of depa and was trusted by my colleagues at my previous council employment to be their delegate representing them in several matters on the Consultative Committee as well as individual matters. One of my most significant achievements was being directly involved in a successful salary negotiation.
Having recently moved councils I am now looking to take the next step and progress to a Committee Member. I am passionate in my role as Health Team Leader and want to ensure all our members are treated fairly and equally and that local government “is encouraged” to continue to strive to be an employer of choice.
Local government is in a challenging time and I believe depa will play a vital role in ensuring our members interests are protected and enhanced, particularly in areas of salary, family friendly work arrangements, training and professional development. I believe my experience in supervising staff, managing budgets, dealing with representations from senior management, elected members of council and local MPs has given me the skills and confidence to contribute positively to the depa Management Committee and add to depa’s success for the benefit of all our members.
Phone: 4732 7531
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Ian Robertson
On 14 May 1984, while the rest of Australia was focused on the release of the gold $1 coin, I started work at a small, timid men’s club called the Health Surveyors’ Association.
I knew, as did some of those who appointed me, that it had the potential to abandon its obsequious past and grow to be a dynamic, assertive and professional union.
How lucky was I to be given an opportunity like this and how lucky have I been to be supported by members, and a Committee of Management, equally as committed to being part of a respected, effective voice for our professions in local government.
Government respects our views and ignores them at their peril, employers often fear us, other unions can’t match our capacity for immediate blitzkrieg action and depaNews puts our view dramatically, colourfully and authoritatively in a way our members love. No one is ever unclear what depa thinks.
We go hard when we need to go hard but we can be diplomatic when we need to be diplomatic.
It might have taken more than six days, but I have created depa in my image.
I’ll have another 30 years thanks.
Phone: 9712 5255
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