High-profile LGBT campaigner and former Australian Medical Association president Kerryn Phelps has been unveiled as part of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore’s independent team in upcoming elections. Like Cr Moore, Professor Phelps is known as a prominent campaigner for marriage equality and describes herself as a “long-time Clover supporter”.
She is also the Lord Mayor’s GP, and was announced as part of an independent team which also includes Vivid festival director Jess Scully, and renowned architect Philip Thalis.
“I think first and foremost we need to look at some of the big picture issues, we need to make sure [Sydney] is affordable, liveable and inclusive … with a mind to sustainability,” Professor Phelps told the ABC.
As part of that sustainable push for the city, Professor Phelps cites public transport concerns and developing cycling infrastructure as priorities.
“I’m a supporter of bike paths. They’re difficult to retro-fit but the future planning needs to consider the growth and interest of people cycling to work,” she said.
She cited the need for a “middle-way forward” on the state Government’s lock-out laws and criticised the Government’s tendency to list state significant development projects, including on the Darling Harbour foreshore at Barangaroo.
Cr Moore is facing a challenge from fellow marriage equality proponent Christine Forster, the sister of former prime minister Tony Abbott, and the Liberals’ mayoral candidate.
In a statement, the Lord Mayor said the new team of independents would help her “take things up a notch”.
“I am so excited to lead this exceptional team of Sydneysiders who already have such strong track records advocating for their communities and our city,” she said.
NSW local council elections will take place in September.