National Committee


GeraldineGonsalvez150Geraldine Gonsalvez, Community leader, Dandenong VIC
Interests: community, family supports, grassroots politics, local government, Christian social thought



Debbe Allen, Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program, Coraki NSW
Interests: helping people ‘get on their feet’ with education and support not handouts, ageing, indigenous communities, young people


DavidAbrahams David Abrahams, Independent Candidate for Robertson, Gosford NSW
Interests: Citizen empowerment, community planning, IT industry development, ecology.


marcminor150Marc Minor,
Real Estate/Stock and Station Agent, King Creek NSW
Interests: small communities, regional economies, agriculture, environment, local government.


glennsinclair150Glenn Sinclair, small business proprietor in IT, Beechworth VIC
Interests: small communities, regional economies, “build a better system rather than fight the old one”

amandakempermanAmanda Kemperman
, Social worker and community development officer, Adelaide SA
Interests: neighbourhoods, family support, social inclusion, homelessness


davidturnerDavid Turner, Youth employment and community enterprise consultant, Woodside SA
Interests: job creation, youth apprenticeships, welfare reform, small business, retirees


samanthawaySamantha Way, social worker and community centre manager, Banora Point NSW
Interests: adult education, community services, single parenting, support for young people..



Ray Bricknell, retired businessman, Brisbane QLD
Interests: adult education, University of the Third Age, reform of democracy


russellwattieRussell Wattie, FIFO contractor lives in Qld works in Port Augusta SA, Tiaro QLD
Interests: political reform, small business, self-employment, transport, FIFO work-family issues


shazstevenson150Sharon Stevenson, Farmer, Coffs Harbour NSW
Interests: traditional Australian values of community self-help and mutual aid, drought relief, political participation


jeremyomearaJeremy O’Meara, Designer and Programmer, User-led design, Melbourne VIC
Interests: political reform, Jordan Peterson, ending the culture wars, social participation


karenmacdonald150Karen Macdonald, Farmer and Managing Director, Macdonald Agriculture, Deniliquin NSW
Interests: water policy, agriculture, rural communities, self-help, community advocacy


brucemccollum1Bruce McCollum, Contractor, Goondiwindi QLD
Interests: community well-being, local government, regional communities, rural water, small business


hannahproeve150Hannah Proeve, Pre-school teacher, Adelaide SA
Interests: education, parenting, families, culture, immigration, neighbourhoods, co-operatives


tomcrees150Tom Crees, Architect, Goulburn NSW
Interests: political reform, values, corruption in public life, civic participation


Benjamin Eggebenjaminegge150,
multi bravery award winner with lifelong disabilities, Barmedman NSW
Interests: community service, crime prevention, disability, law and order


jennwiemes150Jenn Wiemes,Youth worker in a public primary school, Upper Lansdowne NSW
Interests: community well-being, family support, youth support, education



glennvarona150-e1539152753842.jpgGlenn Varona, Teacher in Public Policy and Analysis,  Flinders University, Adelaide SA
Interests: policing, emergency services, security, strengthening civil society, health care


vernhughes150Vern Hughes, Director Civil Society Australia, Melbourne VIC
Interests: Australian history, self-help and mutual aid, friendly societies, Christian social thought, distributism

shanepearceShane Pearce,
School Teacher, Brisbane QLD
Interests: education, adult literacy, political reform, civic participation


emmacraneEmma Crane, Director Ethical Living Challenge, Perth WA
Interests: social impact investment and innovation, community well-being


robwiltshireRob Wiltshire, School Teacher, Brisbane QLD
Interests: accountability and transparency in government, education, political reform