Mayor endorsed by Liberals for LGNSW

November 30, 2017
North Shore Times
Caryn Metcalfe

Giles-Gidney is Libs pick for top state role

WILLOUGHBY Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney is hoping to add president of Local Government NSW to her resume on Tuesday.

The popularly-elected mayor, who ran as an independent in the Willoughby poll, was endorsed by the Liberal Party to be part of a team looking to be elected to board positions at the LGNSW conference.

Cr Giles-Gidney said it was “a weird set-up”.

“Even though I’m not endorsed at a local government level, I’m still a member (of the Liberal Party),” she said.

“So I always run as an independent mayor. But for this particular organisation, the Liberal Party has decided they want to endorse me as a candidate.”

Cr Giles-Gidney said LGNSW was the peak body that takes care of all the councils across the state.

“It’s not just metro, it’s regional and rural too,” she said. “It takes care of the interests of councillors. It’s about advocacy, training, industrial support, a whole range of issues.

“I’m deeply passionate about local government. Personally I’ve got some skills and knowledge to add to that.”

While winning the election would add to her workload, Cr Giles-Gidney is confident it would not detract from her work with Willoughby, but would instead be a “nice fit”.

“It will give the opportunity for more advocacy with the State and Federal Governments,” she said.

“What makes this vote difficult is it’s not a local vote where people know you.

“There is communication with voting delegates.

“I hope I’ve developed relationships with all different parties, whether Labor, Green or Liberal.”

Cr Giles-Gidney said she was lucky to have the support of her family when looking at new roles.

“I’m very blessed to have my wonderful partner,” she said. “My Jon is behind me 110 per cent. My kids are also incredibly supportive.”

Other candidates for the position include Lane Cove Mayor Pam Palmer, Mosman Council’s Tom Sherlock, Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan, and Cr Linda Scott from City of Sydney.



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