Mayors & Councillors

Mayors & Councillors

Mayor and deputy

Cr Ross Fowler OAM was elected as Mayor for 2 years and Cr Greg Davies as Deputy Mayor for 1 year at the first ordinary meeting of the new Council on Monday 24 September 2018.

Cr Ross Fowler OAM and Cr Greg Davies

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. 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 accumulated over three decades working with the Royal Australia Air Force and the private sector, as well as running his own small business.

As Penrith continues to grow and develop at a rapid pace, 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 in a community 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.

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.

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0416 085 597

Email

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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.

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 after working for a large national law firm. She has also previously worked in education and skills policy for the Commonwealth and State Government.

She is a member of the Council's Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee as well as representing Council on the Boards of the Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd and the Penrith City Children's Services Co-operative. In her first term of Council, Clr Presdee was also a member of the Board of Penrith Whitewater Stadium.

A key priority of Clr Presdee is building a strong and resilient city; in particular attracting and retaining smart and sustainable jobs in the local area. Kath is on the Committee of the Penrith Giants Junior Football Club (and is currently Manager of the mighty U12s) and you can sometimes find her musings on sport and music on the Footy Almanac and Stereo Stories websites or follow her live tweeting of Penrith Council meetings at @ClrKath_PCC

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.

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 Penrith Valley Sports Foundation, Penrith Whitewater Board and a director of Penrith Whitewater.

Bernard and his wife Katheryne have 3 adult children. 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."

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 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.

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0417 762 219

Fax

02 4732 7958

Email

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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.

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. 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.

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0417 365 313

Fax

02 4732 7958

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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.

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.

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 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.

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 over 12 years.

Aaron graduated with a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney and completed his Juris Doctor from the University of Technology Sydney in 2016.

Aaron 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 before being elected Mayor on 23 September 2013, and again for a third term on 22 September 2014 and now for the fourth time on 24 September 2018. 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 CivicRiskWest (formerly 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 Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mutual Management Services Limited and 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 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) since 2004 and is currently Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is an active 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. 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.

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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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.

Contact details

Postal Address

33 Jacaranda Street, St Marys NSW 2760

Phone

0411 427 812

Fax

02 9623 3246

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