Cr John Thain was elected as Mayor for 2 years and Cr Tricia Hitchen as Deputy Mayor for 1 year at the first ordinary meeting of the new Council on Monday 26 September.
The following Councillors were elected at the local government election in September 2016 to represent the community's interests in the Penrith Local Government Area until the next local government election, expected to be held in September 2020.
To contact a Councillor, click on their name below or see the Councillor Contact details (accessible pdf). To find out more about local government including the ward boundaries within Penrith visit our Government page.
Cr Jim Aitken OAM was elected to Penrith City Council in 1995 and was re-elected in 1999, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Cr Aitken has provided 16 years of continual service to the community, including a term as Mayor in 2008-09 and Deputy Mayor in 2010-11 and 2013-14. He has lived in the local area for 50 years and is a patron of many sporting and other organisations.
He is also a successful businessman, operating his own group of companies named the Jim Aitken Group, which includes 8 real estate offices and 3 restaurants, employing over 200 people. He represents Council on a range of boards and committees including Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). He is a Director on the boards of Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation and Penrith Whitewater Stadium. He is also a member of Council's Senior Staff Recruitment/Review Committee, Audit Committee and Penrith Flood Advisory Consultative Committee. He is also a Floodplain Management Australia committee member.
Cr Aitken is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1998 for "service to the community of the Penrith district, particularly through youth welfare and service organisations and to local government".
Penrith City Council, PO Box 410, Emu Plains NSW 2750
0418 288 488
02 4736 6588
Cr Mark Davies was first elected to Penrith City Council in 2004 and served his first term as Mayor during 2012-13. He has been a local resident for the past 40 years and is passionate about attracting investment to the City, boosting the local economy and creating more jobs for residents.
Before joining Council, Cr Davies worked as an engineer in the television industry and currently runs a small business, Tech-Dry Building Products.
Cr Davies lives in Glenmore Park with his wife Tanya Davies, Member for Mulgoa. In his spare time he is a keen photographer and enjoys playing the guitar.
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As a local resident, Josh is passionate about serving the people of Penrith, representing and championing the concerns, values and beliefs of the community.
Having grown up in the area, Josh is committed to seeing through the long-term development, growth and prosperity of the region, as a place to work, rest and find leisure.
0417 809 773
02 4732 7958
Cr Karen McKeown was elected to Council in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 and served as Mayor in 2015-2016 and Deputy Mayor in 2006-07. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from WSU Majoring in Management with double sub-majors in Law & Employee Relations and the Executive Certificate for Elected Members from UTS.
Cr McKeown has been active locally on many community organisations and committees including president of Australian Local Government Women's Association NSW, Board of State Records & Board member on Nepean/Blue Mountains Health. Cr McKeown is currently a Director of Penrith Performing & Visual Arts, and a member of the Penrith CBD Corp Committee and Local Traffic Committee.
Cr McKeown's commitment to preserving the environment saw her appointed in 2005 as a Sustainability Champion representing Council and the City on environmental topics. She is also passionate about ending homelessness and providing a voice for our growing multicultural community.
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0401 995 945
Cr Presdee has lived in Penrith since 2001 and believes that the area is Sydney's best kept secret. This is Kath's second term on Penrith Council, previously serving from 2008-2012 .
Penrith City Council, PO Box 386, Penrith NSW 2750
0417 396 841
Cr Bernard Bratusa has been a local resident for 36 years having been first elected to Council in 2012, re-elected in 2016. Bernard is committed to promoting everything good about the local community, encouraging investment to the City, boosting the local economy and creating more employment opportunities for residents.
Bernard is currently employed as the Government Relations and Communications Manager for Golf NSW, having previously been the Office Manager for the Federal Member for Lindsay and Media Adviser to the NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation.
Bernard is a Director of the St Marys District Band Club, Council's representative on the Economic/Finance Committee, Penrith Valley Sports Foundation, Penrith Whitewater Board and Western Sydney Sport Advisory Forum. Bernard and his wife Katheryne have 3 adult children and one mischievous Jack Russell named Victoria. His hobbies include all sports, particularly golf, rugby league, and football.
"I feel very honoured to have been re-elected to Council and will represent all residents to the best of my ability to ensure everyone gets a fair go."
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0420 581 225
Todd was born and raised in Western Sydney. He has lived in Glenmore Park for over 13 years where he and his wife Sharon are raising their three children Zach, Lily and Indie.
After starting his apprenticeship at the age of 16, Todd worked as a heavy vehicle mechanic for 12 years. He currently works as a Project Manager in a small commercial furniture installation company. Todd has also worked as an electorate officer in the Office of David Bradbury MP for 6 years, advocating for Western Sydney and helping local residents on a daily basis.
For the past 8 years Todd has volunteered as a board member of the Nepean Community College, a not-for-profit organisation that runs education courses for local residents. Todd is also volunteering his time to coach an under 7s T-Ball side for the Colyton/St Clair Chiefs Baseball Club.
0417 762 219
Cr Greg Davies has been a Penrith City Councillor since 1995. He has served 3 terms as Mayor (2002-04, 2007-08 and 2011-12) and 3 terms as Deputy Mayor (2001-02, 2004 and 2014-15). He worked in local government for 27 years before taking up a position as electorate officer to Mulgoa MP, Diane Beamer.
He represents Council on the Regional Strategic Alliance committee. He has represented Council on various boards and committees including as chairman of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership and Graffiti Management Working Party, the former Western Sydney Waste Board, the Board for the Ripples Aquatic Centre, and the Whitewater Stadium. He also held an executive position on the Local Government Association of NSW. He is also a past member of Nepean Community College and Penrith Emus Rugby Union Club boards.
Cr Davies was born in Lalor Park, Blacktown, is a father of 2 and now lives in St Clair. He is strongly committed to working in partnership with community, business, government and other groups, and is particularly concerned with issues like planning for sustainable local jobs, housing and transport.
0419 177 259
02 9670 5083
A highly decorated former Commissioned Police Officer, Councillor Hitchen has been on Council since 2012 and was elected as Deputy Mayor on 26 September 2016 for 1 year.
Clr Hitchen represents Council on the Access Committee, Penrith Aquatic and Leisure Centres (Ripples) and the St Marys Town Centre Board. Married with 3 children, Cr Hitchen and her husband run a storage business in Emu Plains. The mother of a special needs child, Cr Hitchen is a strong advocate for disabilities, accessibility and equity.
0417 365 313
02 4732 7958
Cr Ben Price was elected to Penrith Council in 2016. He has lived in the Western Suburbs all his life and is the son of former Federal Member for Chifley, the Hon Roger Price.
Ben is married and has 3 young children. Ben has run a successful local real estate agency for the past 16 years. He is a strong voice for community and its residents and is also committed to encouraging more business activity throughout the area which will provide a strong local economy and provide more local jobs.
0418 437 538
Cr Cornish represents Council on various committees including the Heritage Advisory, Floodplain Management Australia and Hawkesbury River County Council.
Even before becoming a Penrith Councillor, Cr Cornish was involved in working on causes on the community's behalf, such as support for people with disabilities and lobbying for Nepean Hospital upgrades including parking, a cancer ward and a new outreach centre. Cr Cornish is focused on applying a common-sense, productive approach to issues on behalf of local families.
0481 033 419
Cr Kevin Crameri OAM has served Penrith City for many years, having first been elected to Council in 1974. He served as Mayor in 1996-97, 2009-10 and 2010-11, and as Deputy Mayor in 1988-89.
He has lived in the local area since he was 6 years old and is actively involved in many local committees and groups, including as Deputy Captain of the Llandilo brigade of the Rural Fire Service and a patron of the Nepean District Historical Society. Cr Crameri is a qualified fitter machinist, chainsaw operator and tool maker.
He earned his Order of Australia medal (OAM) in 1999 for his service to local government and the community. He is a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, and in any spare time he enjoys swimming, fishing and owning horses.
Cr Crameri is particularly committed to good communication with the community and making the City as attractive as possible as a place to live, work, visit and invest in.
Justice of the Peace, 344 Second Avenue, Llandilo NSW 2747
0401 995 825
02 4777 5435
Aaron was elected to Penrith Council in 2016 at the age of 25. With a keen interest in social justice and community, Aaron decided to run for Council to be a voice for progressive ideas and forward thinking in Penrith. He has a particular interest in ensuring young people are represented in Council's decision making processes.
Aaron has lived in Penrith for over 10 years and attended Penrith Anglican College, where he was Vice Captain in 2008. In 2012, Aaron graduated with a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney and will complete his Juris Doctor from the University of Technology Sydney in 2016. Aaron also serves as the Chair of the Penrith International Friendship Committee.
0417 685 427
Cr Ross Fowler OAM is a third generation representative in Local Government, following in the footsteps of his late father Bernie, a former Mayor of Penrith City and his grandfather John who was an Alderman on Mulgoa Municipal Council.
A long-term Wallacia resident, Cr Fowler is in his sixth consecutive term on Council after first being elected in 1991. He served as Mayor in 1995-1996 before being elected Mayor on 23 September 2013 and again for a third term on 22 September 2014. He was elected Deputy Mayor on 21 September 2015. Cr Fowler holds qualifications in Accounting (Bachelor of Commerce), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a registered Company Auditor and Tax Agent and is the Principal of a Chartered Accountancy firm in Penrith.
Cr Fowler has represented Council since 1991 on Westpool - the local government insurance and risk management mutual, and since 1994 has been Chairman of its Board of Directors. He was instrumental in securing the Whitewater venue for Penrith in the lead-up to the 2000 Olympics, and has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company which operates the facility since its incorporation in 1999. He is also an executive member of the Boards of Ripples, Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd and the Children's Services Co-operative Ltd. He also represents Council on the Audit Committee, Children's Co-op and Regional Strategic Alliance.
Cr Fowler's extensive financial acumen has been of great benefit to Council and he is passionate about improving the facilities and services of Council, proper financial management and good governance. Ross has been a volunteer Director of the Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) charity since 2004 and an active St Marys Rotary Club member for over 30 years, having held positions including president, club service director, community service director, secretary and treasurer. He is also the President of the Board of Trustees for Blaxland Crossing Rest and Recreation Ground at Wallacia. He enjoys time with his family, golf and local history.
Cr Fowler’s goal is to help ensure that the local economy is strong and Council remains in a sound financial position to best meet the needs and expectations of residents and rate payers and maintain thorough meaningful communication with the community.
0419 738 484
02 4722 3077
Cr John Thain has been a Penrith City Councillor since 1999 and was elected Mayor on 26 September to serve a 2 year term, having previously served as Mayor in 2005-06 and Deputy Mayor in 2004-05.
He has lived in North St Marys since 1994 and has been involved with several committees including as Chair and Vice Chair of Hawkesbury River County Council, Chair of Penrith Sports Stadium and a member of the Ripples Board and the North St Marys Neighbourhood Committee. Cr Thain holds electrical qualifications and
worked as a Regional Manager, Engineering Automation NSW/ACT.
As Mayor, Cr Thain introduced a Mayoral Charity Ball which raised $25,000 for the Down Syndrome Association and is committed to helping families and people with a disability.
Housing in all its forms affordable, Community, Seniors & Executive will be a focus of this Council term.
Cr Thain enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction historical books, loves watching the panthers, wanderers and is a fan of Game of Thrones. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, before migrating to Australia in 1971.
33 Jacaranda Street, St Marys NSW 2760
0411 427 812
02 9623 3246
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