Our Team

In a city as rich as ours no one should be struggling to put food on the table or keep a roof over their head. Yet that’s the everyday reality for far too many in our community. As rents soar and bills stack up, we’re being left behind by politicians who care more about appeasing developers and big business than caring for community. It shouldn’t be this way, and we have a plan to fix it.

Meet your Greens team for the City of Sydney. A group of grassroots activists and engaged community members who want to build a Sydney for all of us. 

Sylvie, Matthew, Kobi and Jenny

Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore for City of Sydney Mayor

Hi, I’m Sylvie. I’m an activist, organiser, feminist, and your Greens Mayoral candidate for the City of Sydney.

I love our city, but we’re facing big challenges. As rents rise and the cost of living soars, too many in our community are being pushed out of their homes and left behind. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

I’m running for re-election to lead an expanded Greens team and build a Sydney for all of us. We have a plan to tackle the housing crisis by building accessible, rent-capped public homes, ensure everyone has access to cheap, clean energy by launching Sydney Solar, a council-owned renewable energy provider, and make our city more affordable by expanding essential community services like early childhood education.

Because make no mistake, the City of Sydney has the resources to do incredible things, all that is lacking is the political will. With nearly a billion dollars in the bank and hundreds of millions in annual profit, the City of Sydney can and should be taking bold, transformative action to tackle the housing and cost-of-living crises. Instead, our current leaders sit and watch as more and more struggle to get by, all while developers make record profits. 

A vote for The Greens is powerful. Over the last term on council, as your sole representative, I’ve stopped the sell-off of public housing, forced developers to pay higher contributions to fund much needed affordable houses, passed planning rules to protect homes from being demolished and replaced with luxury apartments, and secured funding for a housing cooperative for trans women, an Australian first.

Working alongside community and local activists I was instrumental in banning gas from new developments, in repealing the undemocratic ‘two council votes for businesses’ law, and making council venue hire free for community groups. 

A Sydney where everyone has an affordable, accessible house to call home. Where the services and things you need to live your life are cheap and plentiful. Where the streets are vibrant and bustling, lined with trees, designed for people, not cars. Where public green space is expanded and our precious environment protected. That’s the Sydney The Greens will build. That’s the Sydney that by working together, is possible.

Read more about Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore here

 

Matthew Thompson for City of Sydney

Hi, I’m Matthew. I’m a community services worker, queer activist, university student studying Environmental Science and one of your Greens candidates for the City of Sydney. 

My clearest memories of when I first moved to Glebe are of the cold nights where I had to decide whether to pay my rent or put food on the table. Where I juggled multiple jobs trying, and often failing, to keep the lights on at home. And while those experiences for me are now in the past, for far too many in our city they are an ongoing reality.

And that’s why I’m running to join our Mayoral candidate, Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, as part of an expanded Greens team. Because The Greens have a plan to build a Sydney for all of us. 

The Greens will build accessible, rent-capped public homes, power our city with cheap, clean, renewable energy, and make our city more affordable by expanding services like early childhood education.

Now, more than ever, we need representatives that are connected to community and understand the impacts of poverty and housing insecurity – it’s time we have a say in how our city is built, it’s time we are heard.

Imagine a Sydney where everyone has an affordable, accessible house to call home. Where the services and things you need to live your life are cheap and plentiful. Where the streets are vibrant and bustling, lined with trees, designed for people, not cars. Where public green space is expanded and our precious environment protected. That’s the Sydney The Greens will build. That’s the Sydney that by working together, is possible.

 

Jay Gillieatt for City of Sydney

Hi, I’m Jay. I’m a resident of Waterloo, a lawyer, the coordinator of my local community garden and one of your Greens candidates for the City of Sydney.

It’s clear to me that Sydney is becoming more unequal, placing our wonderfully diverse City at risk. Many of my neighbours are being forced out of communities they’ve called home their whole lives. I believe that the City of Sydney has within its means the ability to help change this course. 

That’s why I’m running to join our Mayoral candidate, Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, as part of an expanded Greens team. Because The Greens have a plan to build a Sydney for all of us. 

The Greens will build accessible, rent-capped public homes, power our city with cheap, clean, renewable energy, and make our city more affordable by expanding services like early childhood education.

 

Caroline Alcorso for City of Sydney

Hi, I’m Caroline. I’m a Darlinghurst local, founder of the NSW Working Women’s Centre, and a policy expert studying a Masters in Sustainability. Now, I’m running as one of your Greens candidates for the City of Sydney.

Looking around it’s clear to me that our city is run by developers and big business. Homes demolished to make way for luxury apartments, essential community services sold-off and outsourced. It shouldn’t be this way, and it’s time we fixed it.

And that’s why I’m running to join our Mayoral candidate, Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, as part of an expanded Greens team. Because The Greens have a plan to build a Sydney for all of us. 

The Greens will build accessible, rent-capped public homes, power our city with cheap, clean, renewable energy, reverse the outsourcing of essential services, protect public green space, and plant a thriving native urban forest.

 

Chetan Sahai for City of Sydney

Hi, I’m Chetan. I’m an engineer and climate activist who calls Alexandria home. Now, I’ve put my hand up to be one of your Greens candidates for the City of Sydney.

In a city as rich as ours, no one should struggle to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Yet as the cost of living crisis worsens and rents soar ever upwards, our leaders sit by and watch, instead of taking bold, transformative action to support our community.   

And that’s why I’m running to join our Mayoral candidate, Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, as part of an expanded Greens team. Because The Greens have a plan to build a Sydney for all of us. 

The Greens will build accessible, rent-capped public homes, power our city with cheap, clean, renewable energy, and make our city more affordable by expanding services like early childhood education.