Mayors & Councillors

Mayors & Councillors

Mayor and deputy

Cr Karen McKeown OAM was elected as Mayor for 1 year, and Cr Tricia Hitchen was elected as Deputy Mayor for 1 year at Council’s Ordinary meeting held on 28 September 2020.

Councillors

The following Councillors, except Crs Cook and Cartwright, 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.  Crs Cook and Cartwright were elected at the May 2018 by-elections.

To contact a Councillor, click on their name below or see the Councillor Contact details. Visit our Government & Wards page to find out more about local government including the ward boundaries within Penrith.

South Ward

The South Ward includes the suburbs of Badgerys Creek, parts of Emu Plains, Glenmore Park, Jamisontown, parts of Kingswood, Leonay, Luddenham, Mulgoa, Orchard Hills, parts of Penrith, Regentville, South Penrith and Wallacia.

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 through the Jim Aitken Group, which includes eight real estate offices and three restaurants. . 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".

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 410, Emu Plains NSW 2750

Phone

0418 288 488

Fax

02 4736 6588

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He has extensive management experience gained during his three decades with the Royal Australian Airforce, in the private sector and as a small business owner.

Penrith continues to grow and develop at a rapid pace and Cr Cartwright is a strong advocate for delivering the right services at the right time, with minimal impact on residents and businesses as these services are delivered. He also understands the importance of having quality sporting fields and facilities and will be keenly pursuing the continued investment in these facilities for our growing City.

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0448 084 568

Fax

02 4732 7958

Email

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Before joining Council, Cr Davies worked as an engineer in the television industry and currently runs a small business, Tech-Dry Building Products.

Before joining Council, Cr Davies worked as a broadcast technician in the television industry and currently runs a small business, Tech-Dry Building Products. Cr Davies is married to the Hon. Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and playing the guitar.  

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0416 085 597

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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. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. 

Cr McKeown is active in many community organisations and committees including the Australian Local Government Women’s Association NSW.  

Cr McKeown is also currently a Councillor on Hawkesbury River County Council, Director of Penrith Performing & Visual Arts, a member of the Penrith CBD Corporation Board, Local Traffic Committee, Chair of Council’s Resilience and Multicultural Committees, Chair of the Community Recovery Taskforce,  and a Director of Local Government NSW and Local Government Super.  

Cr McKeown is one of Council’s Sustainability Champions and represents Council and the City on environmental topics. She is also passionate about ending homelessness and providing a voice for our growing multicultural community. 

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 386, Emu Plains NSW 2750

Phone

0401 995 945 

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Cr Presdee is a solicitor specialising in industrial and employment law and is currently a legal officer with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. Her previous role was with a large national law firm and she has also worked in education and skills policy with the federal and state government.  
 
She is a member of Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement and Resilience Committees, and represents Council on the Boards of the Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd and the Penrith City Children’s Services Co-operative. In her first term on Council, Cr Presdee was also a member of the Board of Penrith Whitewater Stadium.  
 
Cr Presdee’s key priority is to build a strong and resilient city; in particular attracting and retaining smart and sustainable jobs. 

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 386, Penrith NSW 2750              

Phone

0417 396 841

Fax

02 4732 7958

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East Ward

The East Ward includes the suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, parts of Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.

Cr Bernard Bratusa has been a local resident since 1980 and was first elected to Council in 2012.  
 
Cr Bratusa and his wife Katheryne have raised three children, and now proudly boast the addition of two grandchildren, Alfie and Luka. 
 
Bernard is proud to call Penrith home, believing the City’s future is positive and unlimited in terms of opportunities. 
 
Supporting local businesses, creating employment, respecting our heritage, and protecting our rural villages are key priorities for Bernard.  
 
Bernard believes Penrith remains the big little town he fell in love with 40 years ago, blessed with good people and where dreams become reality.  

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751  

Mobile

0420 581 225

Fax

02 4732 7958

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After starting his apprenticeship at the age of 16, Todd worked as a heavy vehicle mechanic for 12 years. He is currently works as a Service Manager for a crane manufacturer in Western Sydney. 

Cr Carney 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.

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0417 762 219

Fax

02 4732 7958

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Cr Cook is passionate about maintaining the balance between development and the protection of our local environment, particularly the Nepean River. She also has a deep respect for the Indigenous peoples of the area, and is developing a deeper resolve to advocate for members of the community that are disenfranchised.  

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0428 056 619 

Fax

02 4732 7958

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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.

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0419 177 259

Fax

02 9670 5083

Email

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Cr Hitchen represents Council on the Access Committee, Penrith Aquatic and Leisure Centres (Ripples) and the St Marys Town Centre Board. As the mother of a special needs child, Cr Hitchen is a strong advocate for people with disabilities, accessibility and equity. She and her husband run a removal and storage business in Emu Plains. Cr Hitchen is also a Board member of the Haven Women’s Refuge.  

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0417 365 313

Fax

02 4732 7958

Email

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North Ward

The North Ward includes the suburbs of Agnes Banks, Berkshire Park, Cambridge Gardens, Cambridge Park, Castlereagh, Cranebrook, Emu Heights, parts of Emu Plains, Jordan Springs, parts of Kingswood, Llandilo, Londonderry, parts of Penrith, Werrington, Werrington County and Werrington Downs.

He has also served on Council’s Access Committee, as Council’s representative on the Roads and Traffic Advisory Committee and as an Alternate Director on WSROC.  
 
Cr Cornish believes that Penrith Council is there to represent the interests of the people of Penrith before all others. He supports democracy and freedom of speech, free from political correctness. 
 
Even before becoming a Penrith Councillor, Cr Cornish was involved in working on causes on the community’s behalf. This included his support for people with disabilities and lobbying for Nepean Hospital upgrades including parking, a cancer ward and a new outreach centre and served 14 years on childcare committees, including seven years in Emu Plains.  

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0481 033 419

Fax

02 4732 7958

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He has lived in the local area since he was six years old and is actively involved in many local committees and groups, including as Deputy Captain of  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 received 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 working with his 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. He is also a Justice of the Peace.

Contact details

Postal Address

Justice of the Peace, 344 Second Avenue, Llandilo NSW 2747

Phone

4732 8104

Mobile

0401 995 825

Fax

02 4777 5435

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Aaron has lived in Penrith for more than 12 years.

He holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney and completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Technology Sydney in 2016.He believes Council should stand up for our community against unfair decisions made by the state government.  

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0404 085 981 

Fax

02 4732 7958

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A long-term local resident, Cr Fowler is in his seventh consecutive term on Council after first being elected in 1991. He served as Mayor in 1995-1996, 2013, 2014 and was again elected Mayor for two years in 2018. He also served as Deputy Mayor in 2015.  

Cr Fowler holds a 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. He has represented Council on CivicRisk West (formerly Westpool) – the local government insurance and risk management mutual – since 1991 and has been Chairman of its Board of Directors since 1994.  

Cr Fowler 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 an executive member of the Boards of Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd and Penrith City Children’s Services Cooperative, and also represents Council on the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee. His extensive financial acumen has been of great benefit to Council.  

Cr Fowler’s goal is to help support a strong local economy and ensure Council remains in a sound financial position to best meet the needs and expectations of residents and rate payers.  

Outside his duties as a Councillor, he has been a volunteer Director of the Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) since 2004 and is currently Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is a member of St Marys Rotary Club, 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 Land Manager at Wallacia. He enjoys time with his family, gardening and local history. 

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

4722 3066

Mobile

0419 738 484

Fax

02 4722 3077

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Cr Thain 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 as a member of the Ripples Board and the North St Marys Neighbourhood Committee. From 2016-2018, Cr Thain was the Chair of the Western Sydney City Deal Mayoral Forum.  

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. 

Cr Thain is a strong advocate for people with disability and of housing diversity and affordability. He is committed to building strategic alliances and partnerships to deliver Council’s vision for Penrith as a sustainable and vibrant city. 

Contact details

Postal Address

33 Jacaranda Street, St Marys NSW 2760

Phone

0411 427 812

Fax

02 9623 3246

Email

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