My wife Alicia and I have lived in Gordon since 1997, raising our six children.
My father sat on Ku-ring-gai Council from 1974 to 1991, protecting Ku-ring-gai from over-development, preserving Eryldene in Gordon. Our fine old homes enrich us all.
At Gordon Community Preschool, I was a board member in 2009. Our children went on to Gordon East Public School. At Killara High School, I have been a parents’ representative on staff selection panels since 2013.
We have attended St John’s Anglican Church, Gordon since 2004, also enjoying services at St Martin’s, Killara. At 2nd Gordon Scouts, I was a leader from 2010 to 2012.
I was Area Co-ordinator for East Gordon Neighbourhood Watch from 1999 to 2001 and remained a volunteer thereafter. Since May 2021, I have written articles about Neighbourhood Watch for the HK Post newspaper and Sydney Observer magazine.
If I am elected to council, I will invite each other councillor and his or her family to my family home, trying to build a Council of the Ten.
I believe council should favour Ku-ring-gai residents in new staff hiring and prefer local suppliers and Australian-made product. I believe cities should cap building heights ideally at four storeys, and at most seven storeys.
I want council to keep the Gordon Bowling Club and other recreational land in public use. I want again to attend theatre at Marian Street.
Retired from the law this year, I have university degrees in science, law, commerce, and business. I am a fellow of the Australian and international governance institutes.
A philosophy course in my MBA led me to write non-fiction books examining the West. I also wrote novels and collections of short stories.
I am on Facebook and Linked In.
Simon Lennon, Group B, Gordon Ward