Mayors & Councillors

Mayors & Councillors

Mayor and deputy

Councillor Tricia Hitchen was elected Mayor of Penrith City at the January 10 Ordinary Meeting  of Council. The Mayoral term will be until the next Mayoral election in September 2023.
Councillor John Thain was elected Deputy Mayor at the meeting and will serve as Deputy until the September Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Councillors

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 the Major Projects Working Party, the Floodplain Risk Management Committee and the Floodplain Management Working Party. 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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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, Local Traffic Committee, member of Council’s Resilience and Multicultural Committees, 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 

Email

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Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 386, Penrith NSW 2750              

Phone

0407 224 228

Fax

02 4732 7958

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Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 386, Penrith NSW 2750              

Phone

0466 897 210

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

Email

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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.

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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As a former registered nurse and carer for a parent with disabilities, Cr Cook has a keen interest in the health and wellbeing of the community. She is a Council representative on the Access Committee and is passionate about ensuring Penrith is an accessible and equitable community.

As a member of Council’s Resilience Committee, Cr Cook is a committed advocate for sustainability and has a keen interest in maintaining the balance between development and the protection of our environment, particularly the Nepean River. She is also a member of the Local Traffic Committee, the Multicultural Working Party and is on the board of the Nepean Community College representing the Member for Londonderry.

 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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Cr Hitchen represents Council on the Access Committee, Penrith Regional Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Centre, the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, the Domestic Waste Service Working Party, Major Projects Working Party and the Recruitment and Review panel. 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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Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0407 290 537

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.

 

Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0407 214719

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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A long-term local resident, Cr Fowler is in his eighth 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 Chair of Penrith Sports Stadium, and as a member of the Ripples Board. 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

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Contact details

Postal Address

Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Phone

0407 212 670

Fax

02 4732 7958

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