Mayor Matt Gould is a father of three and a proud lifelong resident of the Shire. He is an unmanned aerial vehicle pilot and a dedicated member of the community being heavily involved in many local committees, groups and initiatives in Wollondilly.
Mayor Gould has served as a Wollondilly Councillor since 2016 and also held the role of Deputy Mayor in 2018/20. He is honoured to be elected as Wollondilly’s first ever popularly elected Mayor in the 2021 Council elections.
Mayor Matt Gould is committed to the wellbeing of the Wollondilly community. He aims to work with the Councillors, Council staff and the community to ensure Wollondilly gets the infrastructure it needs while also managing the growth challenges ahead; to make sure Wollondilly’s unique character and semi-rural lifestyle is maintained. He will also be working on developing tourism and agriculture in the Shire.
Deputy Mayor Matthew Deeth has lived in Wollondilly all his life and is proud to be raising two young children here with his wife.
Councillor Deeth has served as a Wollondilly Councillor since 2016 and also held the role of Mayor in 2018/20. He is looking forward to working collaboratively with the Mayor and other elected Councillors in his role as Deputy Mayor, to achieve the best outcomes possible for the Shire.
Deputy Mayor Deeth recognises that Wollondilly is on the cusp of the biggest increase in growth it has ever seen, and the Shire needs urgent attention to improve existing infrastructure. He aims to be a strong voice for the community and is willing to demand better outcomes from developers and all tiers of government to ensure our community’s voice is heard.
Councillor Deeth values all the wonderful and unique qualities of Wollondilly and believes we need to preserve and protect what we love about Wollondilly, but also plan for the future.
Councillor Michael Banasik has been a Wollondilly Councillor since 1995 and served as Mayor and Deputy Mayor throughout this time. He has lived in Wollondilly for 37 years and is currently a resident of Thirlmere.
Councillor Banasik has owned several small businesses in Wollondilly and is a member of Tahmoor Lions, Buxton Community Association and founding member of Friends of Thirlmere Lakes.
He is a proud father of five and grandfather to six grandchildren who he enjoys watching play community sport in Wollondilly such as rugby league, soccer, cricket and basketball.
Councillor Michael Banasik believes better roads are our number one priority in Wollondilly, and he is committed to continuing to lobby for Picton Bypass, Appin Bypass and better public transport in the Shire. Along with this, he is passionate about providing extra services and facilities for our community such as sporting facilities, playgrounds, off-leash areas, footpaths and cycleways.
Councillor Banasik also wishes to protect the Shire’s heritage and agriculture as well as advocate to ensure the young people in Wollondilly have access to a second Public High School to meet their educational needs
Councillor Suzy Brandstater has lived and worked in Wollondilly for 33 years. She has raised her two sons in Wollondilly and also taught many of the Shire’s children during her time as a teacher at Picton High School. As well as this, Councillor Brandstater has continued to share her passion for teaching by working with the Department of Education to train the next generation of teachers.
Councillor Brandstater has been involved in several community groups and associations and most recently has been leading a Community Action Group to work with Council to deliver positive outcomes within the community. She feels that becoming a Councillor will mean she is a greater asset to the community by being able to shape policy and represent the community in a time of great change for the Shire.
Councillor Suzy Brandstater aims to be the voice of the people in the Wollondilly community during her term of Council, and make sure issues are heard with an open mind and understanding. She believes lifestyle and environment are very important considerations for Wollondilly so they remain for future generations; and is committed to being open and transparent with the community, especially about planning and development within the Shire.
Councillor Paul Rogers lives with his partner in Bargo, where he has been a resident for 35 years. He was educated locally at Bargo Public School and Picton High School.
He started his career as a motor mechanic and has held a range of mechanic roles throughout his career. Since 2004, he has worked in road safety and currently works for Transport for NSW in road safety operations management.
Councillor Rogers has 25 years of active service with the Bargo Rural Fire Service Brigade and is a keen motor vehicle enthusiast.
Councillor Rogers is keen to represent the Wollondilly community’s needs and aspirations to ensure financial and environmental sustainability for the Shire.
He is passionate about making real change in how the Council engages with the community and ensuring the community has greater involvement in the decision-making process of the Council. He is also committed to advocating for the strategic maintenance of community infrastructure to meet the community’s expectations during his term of Council.
Councillor Blair Briggs was born in New Zealand but has called Picton home since 1995. He is an engineer by trade working across automotive and reticulation (irrigation) design industries and has been the manager of Mowbray Park Farm since 2007.
Councillor Briggs is an active member of the RFS, Picton Chamber of Commerce, Wollondilly Tourism Association Inc., Council’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and has served as a Wollondilly Councillor since 2016.
In his spare time, he is passionate about racing classic motorcycles, alpine and water skiing, horse riding and flying.
Councillor Blair Briggs wishes to continue serving his community as Councillor to ensure the hopes and aspirations of the Wollondilly community are reflected in the decisions being made by Council.
Councillor Judith Hannan is a self-employed optometrist who has lived in Theresa Park for over 25 years with her family. She is a proud mother of three and grandmother to two.
Councillor Hannan has represented the community as a Councillor on a number of occasions and also held the position of Mayor of Wollondilly Shire Council previously.
Councillor Judith Hannan aims to make Wollondilly distinctive from surrounding areas by maintaining its rural setting while still achieving up to date infrastructure in our townships and improving all roads across the Shire. She is also committed to increasing the awareness of the needs of the Shire and to fight to get those needs met.
She is looking forward to working as a part of an effective team to improve the community's satisfaction with efficient and friendly service and to improve Council's level of community communication; as well as focusing on increasing employment opportunities especially within our local farming industry and making tourism a strong part of our economic development.
Councillor Hannan is committed to locals to fight for a better deal for everyone, especially the "fringe dwellers" of the Shire. She wants to make Wollondilly the best place to live for the young, families and the not-so-young by careful preservation of our rural lifestyle that is crucial to Wollondilly’s culture.
Councillor Hilton Gibbs has been a resident of The Oaks for 26 years and an active community member throughout this time. He has volunteered his time and skills to several local sporting clubs and committees and in his role as President of The Oaks Chamber of Commerce has been involved in the running of the Light Up The Oaks event for the past 15 years.
Councillor Gibbs has served as a Councillor for Wollondilly Shire previously and held the role of Deputy Mayor in 2015/16. He has worked in the aluminium and retail industries throughout his working career and has recently retired.
Councillor Hilton Gibbs aims to bring a common-sense approach to Council which would see decisions being made that benefit the beautiful Wollondilly Shire and its residents. He is committed to advocating for upgrades to sporting facilities throughout the Shire and finding positive solutions for supporting the rural industry while co-existing with their neighbouring properties.
Most importantly, Councillor Gibbs will continue to push the State Government to have Wollondilly’s main roads reviewed and reclassified to transfer the responsibility of the maintenance of these roads back to the State Government.
Councillor Beverley Spearpoint is a proud resident of the North Ward of Wollondilly Shire. She has spent much of her working life in Local Government having worked for Penrith City Council for 25 years focusing on Children Services, Health and Building and Planning.
Councillor Spearpoint has been an active member of the community and has been instrumental in the establishment and ongoing running of many community groups and services within the North Ward of the Shire such as the Warragamba/Silverdale Playgroup, and Warragamba/Silverdale Swim Club, Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood Steering Committee and Brownie Leader.
She is committed to being an independent voice when it comes to Council’s decision-making process and aims to improve transport and infrastructure across the Shire. Councillor Spearpoint also wishes to see inclusion, diversity and disability access improved; as well as maintaining Wollondilly’s rural lifestyle and supporting local jobs and businesses.
Small Business Month 2023
Creating a Habitat Garden Workshop
Tahmoor DNA BMX Park Working Bee
BMX Park Adventure Play Upgrade now complete
Local Heritage List to preserve the past for future generations
Small Business Month Activities in Wollondilly this October