Councillors

Mayor

Mayor Philip Ruddock

The Honourable Philip Ruddock

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6604
Email: pruddock@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

It is a great honour to be chosen to continue serving my community and to represent the best interests of the people of Hornsby Shire.  My priorities include:

  • To extend Council’s program of community consultation, ensuring that everyone gets a say in the management of the Shire.
  • To get the balance right between development and the preservation of our precious bushland and open spaces.
  • To ensure any new development is supported by appropriate infrastructure.

Background:

  • Philip served the people of Hornsby Shire for 43 years as a member of Federal Parliament, earning the title Father of the House.
  • Philip’s long and distinguished career includes serving as Australia’s Attorney General and as the Special Envoy for Human Rights.
  • Philip has been closely connected to Hornsby Shire Council for many decades, since his father served as mayor in 1961.

A Ward

The suburbs of Arcadia, Asquith*, Berowra, Berowra Creek, Berowra Heights, Berowra Waters, Berrilee, Brooklyn, Canoelands, Castle Hill*, Cherrybrook*, Cowan, Dangar Island, Dural*, Fiddletown, Forest Glen, Galston, Glenhaven, Glenorie, Hornsby*, Hornsby Heights, Laughtondale, Maroota, Middle Dural, Milsons Passage, Mount Colah, Mount Kuring-Gai, Singletons Mill and Wisemans Ferry are in A Ward of Hornsby Shire and are represented by the following councillors.

The suburbs marked with an asterix (*) are part of more than one ward.

Cr Nathan Tilbury - Liberal

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0403 227 560
Email: ntilbury@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

I love the Hornsby Shire. It is where I was born, grew up and now where I choose to raise my own family. In my second term of Council my priorities include:

  • Choosing a new general manager who can supervise the restructuring of the administration, working with councillors to establish priorities to meet the needs of residents and rate payers.
  • Fighting to protect our unique natural environment, especially our bushland and the health of the Hawkesbury River.
  • Working to preserve our heritage and support those in need. We need to end inappropriate development, solve the many parking problems around the shire and provide improved infrastructure such as new and improved sports facilities and footpaths.

Background:

  • Nathan was born in Hornsby Hospital in 1971 and grew up in Berowra.  He now lives in Berowra Heights with his partner and two young daughters. He has written several books on local history, most recently a detailed history of Berowra:  Man Made the Cities but God made the Bush.
  • Nathan is well known for his contribution to local sporting groups. He was previously the President of Berowra Cricket Club and is past President of Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai and Hills District Cricket Association.  Currently he serves on the Executive of the Ku ring-gai Netball Association.
  • Nathan was part of the original committee responsible for delivering the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter (HKWS), which opened in January 2015, and he is currently on the Board of the shelter. Since 2016 he also serves as Vice President of the Hornsby Historical Society.

Cr Warren Waddell – Liberal

Cr Warren Waddell – Liberal

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0499004861 
Email: wwaddell@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

My family and I have been orchardists in the local area since 1889, before Hornsby Shire even existed. My primary motivation for joining Council is to give a voice to the rural communities. My priorities include:

  • Making sure the varying needs of rural residents are met and our rural areas are protected from non-characteristic development.
  • Promoting better infrastructure planning and management around rural villages.
  • Maintaining the strong financial position of Hornsby Shire Council.

Background:

  • Warren was born at Hornsby Hospital and spent his schooling years in Galston, then studied political science at Macquarie University.
  • Warren has been involved in a number of successful businesses in the Hornsby Shire area, working in industries that included hospitality, flooring supplies and home renovation. In 2012 he returned to the family’s orchard and is now managing that. They grow persimmons.
  • Warren is actively involved with charity work, particularly for the Red Shield Appeal and Habitat for Humanity.

Cr Mick Marr

Cr Mick Marr - Labor

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Email: mmarr@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

I am an active supporter of numerous local volunteer organisations and I am proud to live in one of the most sustainable homes in Hornsby Shire.  My priorities for the current term include:

  • Democracy through transparent, fair decision-making and resource distribution, monitored by performance surveys.
  • Sustainability, including work to improve Berowra Creek water quality. We should acknowledge global warming and implement intelligent planning to combat it. We should also lobby for improvements to public transport and high density planning and design.
  • Improvements to facilities such as footpaths, shaded playgrounds, skate parks, cycle ways, indoor community areas, libraries, public pools, ovals and community gardens. I would like to see a start to projects such as Berowra Pool and Storey Park Community Centre.

Background:

  • Mick’s grandchildren are fifth-generation Berowra residents and the entire family is highly involved in the community, through numerous sporting, cultural and education groups.
  • He is employed as a team leader in community services, undertaking local conservation projects. Mick is experienced in construction, mechanical repairs and sports, while he has an accompanying degree, three diplomas and trade certificates.

Mick is a member of the Alternative Technology Association and Council’s Bushland Management  Advisory Committee, as well as chairperson of the Berowra and District Community Association. He coaches boxing at Hornsby PCYC, as well as taekwondo and self-defence.

B Ward

The suburbs of Asquith*, Cherrybrook*, Hornsby*, Normanhurst, Pennant Hills*, Thornleigh, Wahroonga, Waitara and Westleigh are in B Ward of Hornsby Shire and are represented by the following councillors.

The suburbs marked with an asterix (*) are part of more than one ward.

Cr Robert Browne - Liberal

Cr Robert Browne - Liberal

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0434 568 828
Email: rbrowne@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Having extensive local government experience gives me the confidence to advocate strongly for the community. During this term of Council my priorities include:

  • To fight overdevelopment in our suburbs.
  • To strengthen the protection of our natural environment.
  • To provide strong financial management.

Background:

  • Robert was born locally and has lived in the Shire for more than 50 years. He has had an extensive career in banking and accountancy.
  • Robert has been re-elected to Council a number of times since 1999, serving as both mayor and deputy mayor. He has been an active member of many important committees, particularly in the areas of environment and sustainability, finance, development, community and cultural facilities, roads and transport, employment, and infrastructure facilities.
  • For many years he has been a committed member of Council's Heritage Advisory Committee and has served as chairman.

 Cr Joe Nicita

Cr Joe Nicita – The Greens

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Email: jnicita@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

I am thrilled and proud to have been elected to represent the local community and I look forward to pursuing my key priorities. These include:

  • Supporting our local childcare services and sporting communities.
  • Working with local business and community groups to encourage greater use of renewables.
  • Protecting our precious green spaces from overdevelopment.

Background:

  • Joe has lived in Hornsby Shire for 22 years, the third generation of his family to live here.
  • He is a member of Amnesty International-Hornsby Action Group.
  • Joe is an active and committed member of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Greens.

Cr Janelle McIntosh

Cr Janelle McIntosh - Labor

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0413 251 055
Email: jmcintosh@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

I look forward to working as part of a diverse team of councillors, who have a variety of viewpoints but all share a dedication to improving our Shire. My priorities include:

  • Increasing opportunities for local residents to participate in Council's decision-making process through improved community engagement.
  • Improving the delivery of community infrastructure, including new and refurbished community and cultural centres, bike paths, playgrounds, and sport and recreation facilities.
  • Addressing the critical issues of overdevelopment and loss of our tree canopy, while meeting the challenges of the new state planning laws.
  • Supporting local businesses and innovators through an economic development program that assists established and emerging businesses in our community, both large and small.

Background:

  • Janelle was born and raised in Hornsby Shire and together with her husband is raising her son here - the fourth generation of her family to live in the Shire.
  • She is passionate about local government and has previously served on Hornsby Shire Council as a Councillor, from 2004 to 2008 and has held senior roles in a number of local government and community organisations across Sydney and NSW for more than 29 years.
  • She is committed to art and cultural activities and support for new creative business owners and has been President of Hornsby Art Society since 2010. She is a member of the project teams for both the Hornsby Art Prize and Remagine Exhibitions and was initiator of the Hornsby Young Artists Competition.

C Ward

The suburbs of Beecroft, Castle Hill*, Cheltenham, Cherrybrook*, Dural*, Epping, North Epping, Pennant Hills* and West Pennant Hills are in C Ward of Hornsby Shire and are represented by the following councillors.

The suburbs marked with an asterix (*) are part of more than one ward.

Cr Vince del Gallego - Independent

Cr Vince del Gallego - Independent

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Email: vdelgallego@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

As an independent councillor and activist I am focussed on maintaining our quality of life and fighting inappropriate development. My priorities include:

  • Engaging local residents in regular consultation on issues impacting them, including State and Federal issues such as development within the Cherrybrook Station Precinct
  • Strongly advocating for infrastructure, such as expanded road networks, to be in place before any further increase in housing density.
  • Encouraging and expanding the future of small business in the Shire to increase local employment.

Background:

  • Vince and his family have been residents of Cherrybrook for more than 33 years. His children grew up in the Shire and were educated in local schools.
  • He is President of the Cherrybrook Residents Association
  • Vince was previously a member of the Hornsby Chamber of Commerce.

Cr Emma Heyde – The Greens

Cr Emma Heyde – The Greens

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0403 589 722 
Email:  eheyde@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

I am deeply committed to my local area and its small businesses, which I have shown with the successful campaign to reduce plastic waste. In this first term of Council my priorities include: 

  • Stopping destructive overdevelopment.
  • Supporting businesses and residents in gaining energy independence.
  • Getting smarter about waste and the reduction of plastic.
  • Increasing urban tree canopy cover and introducing other cooling strategies for streets, neighbourhoods, playgrounds and parks.

Background:

  • Emma and her family have lived in the Beecroft-Cheltenham area for more than 20 years.
  • She deeply values her connections with the numerous civic, environmental and residents' groups.
  • Emma has been part of many community efforts to make Hornsby Shire more sustainable, fairer and greener, most notably her Bag Free Beecroft initiative.

Cr Michael Hutchence

Cr Michael Hutchence - Liberal

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0466 008 375
Email: mhutchence@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Over the past decade on Council I have seen a lot of change and more is coming. I am determined to ensure that the people of Hornsby Shire are always the beneficiaries of these changes. My priorities include:

  • Making a difference in local government by listening to what people want for their community.
  • Ensuring local infrastructure is maintained and improved.
  • Working to provide local facilities and services.

Background:

  • Michael was first elected to Council in 2008 and has served continuously since then. He was elected as deputy mayor in 2015 and 2016.
  • He is an active member of many local groups and organisations, such as his time volunteering with the Rural Fire Service.
  • He owns and operates a successful telecommunications and information technology consultancy business, making him especially eager to see local businesses thrive.