Committee of Management

(In alphabetical order)

Steven Cook

I am a senior town planner working in development assessment at Wagga Wagga City Council, having commenced with WWCC in the early 2000s. I feel a strong connection to regional NSW after spending almost my whole life in Wagga, moving to the city from Dubbo at the age of 7.

I have been a member of the Committee of Management for the past two years and am seeking re-election to the Committee of Management so I can continue to help contribute to the strategic operation of the union and to achieving positive outcomes for the benefit of the whole membership. Having lived with cancer for the past five years, I also believe that I bring a unique insight to the Committee, as an individual balancing a serious medical condition with full-time work.

As a delegate, as well as chair of my Council’s Consultative Committee, I am a keen advocate on day-to-day industrial matters. However, I also hold a keen interest in depa’s role providing professional advocacy and support for the various professions represented by the union, particularly to government in these times of seemingly consistent reform within the planning system and local government.

Phone: 6926 9550

Vince Galletto
Vice President

I have been a member of this association since the early 80s and have been the chair of the Consultative Committee at the City of Ryde Council for almost 20 years.

I have an interest in preserving the rights and benefits of local government employees and in particular the planning, development and environmental health and building professionals which depa represents.

As a member of the Committee of Management for depa it has provided me with the opportunity to participate and represent fellow members in award negotiations as well is looking after their interest in any dispute that may arise with their employer/organisation.

I would feel privileged to be given the opportunity to continue my association and work with depa as a member of the Committee of Management.

Phone: 9952 8233
Bruce Dunlop
Committee Member

In working for local government in Western Sydney for almost 25 years, my role in infrastructure planning continues at one of Australia’s fastest growing areas, Camden Council.  With a background in both planning and finance, I facilitate planning for infrastructure in support of financially sustainable urban growth, and have contributed in part toward the emerging status of the Western Parkland City.

I've been a member of depa for the last 10 years and have represented depa members as the delegate and depa representative on Council’s Consultative Committee for the last 3 years, also participating in a communications Sub-Committee.

In nominating to be appointed by the Committee to a casual vacancy on the Committee of Management, I said:

“The opportunity of working in local government can be both challenging and rewarding in equal measure, but at the end of the day, it’s the people (Council staff) that make the difference.  In this regard, depa continues to represent for its members all those virtues that would see local government as an industry of choice of any workforce.  In this regard, I would welcome the opportunity to positively contribute toward the Committee of Management in supporting the ongoing service to all depa members across NSW”.

Phone: 4645 5163

Yael Lang
Committee Member

I am an Environmental Health Officer at Blacktown City Council and have been for almost 14 years. Coming from a strong union-minded community, I joined depa upon my first few days of starting my career at Blacktown. I found the courage to volunteer myself as delegate some 7 years later, which has allowed me some amazing experiences. In this time I have represented members on the Staff Consultative Committee, participated in policy reviews, and have been involved in negotiating Enterprise Agreements, as well as a range of other activities.

I hold a great deal of appreciation and respect for the work of unions and am especially proud of the role depa plays in local government and its commitment to its members.

Being a newbie amongst a team of experienced and professional members, I can only proclaim to give it my very best!

I very much look forward to this new and exciting opportunity of being elected and becoming part of the Management Committee for depa.

Phone: 9839 6352
Jamie Loader
Committee Member

I have over twenty years’ experience in Local Government, working on a range of positions including Building Surveying, Planning, and Environmental Health. I have also worked in a range of Councils including small rural Councils (Bland and Junee Shire), Metropolitan (Parramatta City) and large regional Councils (Wyong Shire and now Central Coast).

I believe that my experience in Local Government allows me to better understand the issues faced by depa members and the industry in general. I have also been the depa delegate at Parramatta City and Bland Shire Councils so I have had considerable experience representing members on various workplace reform committees, consultative committees and in the IRC.

I am extremely proud of the role that depa plays within the industrial framework of Local Government and our reputation, whilst hard-earned, speaks for itself. If we’re involved, there’s a fight to be fought.

I’ve been a member of the Committee of Management for eleven years now, nine of those as Vice President. During this time of been involved in setting the strategic direction of the Association, as well as representing the Union in a number of forums.

I look forward to continuing my role on the depa Committee of Management.

Phone: 4350 5180
Shona Porter
Committee member

I have been a member of depa from my beginnings in town planning as a graduate planner at Randwick Council.

I represented depa on the Consultative Committee at Canterbury-Bankstown, including as chair of the CC. For the first 18 months of the merger the Council operated with an interim consultative committee with delegates from Canterbury and Bankstown, after which I was elected by members to be the depa representative.

I actively participate in the consultative committee, ensuring that all information provided to me in those meetings or by email is distributed to members for feedback. I am able to benefit members through my broad knowledge of local government, the issues faced by newly formed organisations, and other issues where members need support.

I think depa provides value for members in providing professional and capable advice and would like to be re-elected on the committee to further increase my knowledge of employment related issues so that I can better represent my fellow colleagues/depa members.

Phone: 9789 9843

Ian Robertson

On 14 May 1984, while the rest of Australia was focused on the release of the gold $1 coin, I started work at a small, timid men’s club called the Health Surveyors’ Association.

I knew, as did some of those who appointed me, that it had the potential to abandon its obsequious and conservative past and grow to be a dynamic, assertive and professional union.

How lucky was I to be given an opportunity like this and how lucky have I been to be supported by members, and (usually) a Committee of Management, equally as committed to being part of a respected, effective voice for our professions in local government.

Government respects our views and ignores them at their peril, employers often fear us (a perfect relationship for any union), other unions can’t match our capacity for immediate Blitzkrieg action and depaNews puts our view dramatically, colourfully and authoritatively in a way our members love. And there is no issue they love more than our December Golden Turd Award.

No-one ever wonders what depa thinks.

While my default mode is charming, good-humoured, patient and diplomatic, we go hard when we need to.

I’ll have another four more years, thanks.

Phone: 9712 5255

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