Councillor profiles

Lake Macquarie City Council is represented by an elected Mayor and twelve Councillors. There are four elected Councillors for each ward in Lake Macquarie.

North ward

Name
Councillor Brian Adamthwaite (ALP)
Profile

Cr Adamthwaite is a primary school principal and long-term Lake Macquarie resident serving his second term on Council. He was motivated to become involved in local government by a desire to protect and improve the qualities of the City.

Cr Adamthwaite believes Council should be responsive to the needs of its community and provide the services and infrastructure needed to enhance residents’ quality of life. He wants to ensure that Council planning optimises the strengths of the built and natural environment and mitigates problems that have occurred in the past.

Cr Adamthwaite is committed to enhancing economic development through the development of strategies that improve employment prospects and support local business to start up, grow and expand.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0417 061 433
Email
badamthwaite@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Name
Councillor Kevin Baker (LIB)
Profile

Cr Baker has extensive experience in a range of business and industry sectors, including industrial, electrical, automotive, engineering, mining, local government, aged care and not-for-profit.

Elected to Council in 2016, Cr Baker has two children and lives in Cameron Park. As vice-chairman of HeartKids NSW, he works with families of children living with congenital heart disease and has first-hand experience raising a young child battling a serious illness. Cr Baker is also a director of the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.

As a former Australian Apprentice of the Year, he has a strong interest in skills training and creating apprenticeship opportunities for young Australians, as well as older people looking to reskill. Cr Baker is passionate about giving back to the community by supporting those in need.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0429 867 935
Email
kbaker@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Name
Councillor Barney Langford (ALP)
Profile

Cr Langford has spent a lifetime working with and for young people. As a teacher with the Department of Education, he founded 2 Til 5 Youth Theatre, now Tantrum Youth Arts, and was its artistic director for 22 years. Cr Langford also managed the Loft Youth Arts and Cultural Centre, in Newcastle, before its closure in 2013.

He is serving his second term on Council and has a focus on fostering community cohesion and building social capital. Cr Langford is keen to promote strategies in which the community and Council can work together to develop better outcomes for the community.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0417 137 758
Email
blangford@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Name
Councillor Colin Grigg (LMIND)
Profile

Cr Colin Grigg has spent most of his working life in the ministry and is serving his first term on Council. He hopes to use his professional knowledge to help the Lake Macquarie community become an even greater place to live, work and visit. He is dedicated to helping local people live better lives in a variety of ways.

Cr Grigg aims to encourage positive development and innovation in the areas of the environment, affordable housing, the arts, sports and tourism. By building on the foundations of past elected councils, Cr Grigg’s vision is to see the City move forward and harness its full potential.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0429 908 747
Email
cgrigg@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

West ward

Name
Councillor David Belcher (ALP)
Profile

A first-term councillor, Cr Belcher and has worked widely in disability support and advocacy and understands the need to build inclusive communities where all members are valued and have an opportunity to contribute.

His passion for disability advocacy and community inclusion stems from his personal experience of living with lumbosacral agenesis and being a wheelchair user. This first-hand knowledge gives Cr Belcher unique insight and skills in identifying the needs of those within our community.

Cr Belcher’s focus is to build universally accessible infrastructure and ensure the City of Lake Macquarie is a friendly, vibrant and disability-confident city.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0429 914 623
Email
dbelcher@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Name
Councillor Jason Pauling (LIB)
Profile

Cr Pauling is an active member of the Hunter business community with a professional background in operations management. He is serving his second term on Council.

Cr Pauling is president of the University of Newcastle Hunter Alumni Network and a former Board Member of Tourism Hunter and the Hunter Business Chamber. He has a diverse work history, including experience in the mining industry, with the former BHP Newcastle Steelworks and with Franklins Charlestown.

The community advocate believes his ‘hands-on’ experience in a range of professions and industries brings a real-world perspective to his role as a councillor. He is committed to easing bureaucratic barriers and making it simpler for people to interact with Council.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0417 416 577
Email
jpauling@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Name
Deputy Mayor Councillor Wendy Harrison (IND)
Profile

Cr Harrison is a fourth-term councillor with extensive experience in local government and governance. She has served as Deputy Mayor of Lake Macquarie on four occasions.

A long-term resident of Lake Macquarie, Cr Harrison is keen to see the lifestyle and natural assets of the area protected and employment opportunities enhanced through sustainable economic development.

Cr Harrison wants to be part of a Council that provides value for ratepayers by delivering quality services and facilities through strong leadership and good governance. She is committed to creating a city that embraces diversity, where all citizens feel included and want to contribute to its future.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0409 775 432
Email
wharrison@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Name
Councillor Luke Cubis (LMIND)
Profile

Cr Cubis is Managing Director of the online technology company itsFOUND and Executive Director of Donate Your Day, an innovative Australian registry where people can donate to a charity rather than receive gifts on special occasions such as birthdays.

The first-term councillor also has an extensive educational background with a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts double degree and a Master of Education. With his technological expertise, Cr Cubis envisions a City that is a global leader across all sectors, including innovation, business, investment, technology and governance.

He also has a keen interest in grassroots local government matters and is passionate about representing the residents and ratepayers of Lake Macquarie.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0429 939 475
Email
lcubis@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

East ward

Name
Councillor Adam Shultz (ALP)
Profile

Cr Shultz grew up in and attended public schools throughout Lake Macquarie before completing his tertiary education at the University of Newcastle with degrees in Business and Commerce, a Diploma of Financial Services and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Sydney.

Cr Shultz is in his first term on Council and wants to use his experience in small business, financial services, public policy and politics to advocate for improved opportunities for the City. He believes Lake Macquarie can achieve economic growth and strategic diversification while maintaining the lifestyle and wellbeing of its residents.

He is passionate about facilitating policy settings that will promote economic growth and job opportunities while enhancing the natural environment that residents enjoy.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0429 931 044
Email
ashultz@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Name
Councillor Nick Jones (LIB)
Profile

Cr Nick Jones is a lifetime resident of Lake Macquarie and successful local businessman with strong community connections. Prior to his election to Council in 2016, he was involved in a number of community campaigns and consultation, including representations on Council’s policies on sea level rise.

Cr Jones brings to his role a background in small business and extensive experience across government, corporate governance and finance.

Cr Jones is a former member of Lake Macquarie’s Youth Council and is committed to helping shape outcome-focused Council policy.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0429 889 781
Email
njones@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Name
Councillor Christine Buckley (ALP)
Profile

Cr Buckley is a long-term resident of Lake Macquarie and has worked extensively in the community sector, including in employment services, disability services and community education.

Cr Buckley is serving her first term on Council. She has deep insight and experience in employment and training issues, financial literacy and family violence through management and coordination roles with Job Network services in the ACT and Broken Hill, the Smith Family, and the Hunter Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.

Cr Buckley has a long-term interest in politics, through her association with the Labor Party, and believes her combined personal and professional background has equipped her to be an effective representative for the community.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0428 546 549
Email
cbuckley@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Name
Councillor John Gilbert (LMIND)
Profile

A business operator and employer in the East Ward area for the past 25 years, Cr Gilbert is serving his first term on Council. His key policy interests are affordable housing, youth employment and tourism. He is also an advocate for protecting public assets and utilities, and local jobs.

Cr Gilbert believes Council can play a greater role in being a provider of public and professional services, generating employment, new tourism opportunities and creative housing solutions. As a supporter of ‘bigger government’, he is committed to more service provision for the people of the City.

Postal address
C/- Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
Phone
0429 945 243
Email
jgilbert@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 09 February 2017