Greens Councillor Cathy Griffin brings a wealth of life experience to Manly Council. As an officer in the Australian Regular Army, Cathy was a specialist logistics, administration and facilities management officer. Cathy broke new ground during her 17 year career with her posting as the first female ‘Barracks Commandant’ of the historic Victoria Barracks in Paddington. Cathy has completed an MBA and was a successful small business operator for 10 years prior to her election to Manly Council in 2008.
Whilst the Greens have been part of Manly Council for the past 17 years the hallmark of Cathy’s first term as a Greens Councillor was her active advocacy for the environment.
‘Our most valuable assets are the ocean, harbour, beaches and bushland that surround us here in Manly. The beauty of our special environment is the reason why we all live here.’
As a member of the North Metropolitan NP&WS Advisory Committee she has been involved in the development of the Sydney Harbour National Park Plan of Management. Two precincts abut Manly Council area and Cathy has successfully advocated for continued resourcing to manage these important natural areas in the best interests of the environment.
Cathy is also elected to the Executive of the Local Government Association as well as being the Manly representative on the Sydney Coastal Council Group.
These strategic roles give Cathy a unique opportunity and insight into the workings of government at all levels. At the local level Cathy has been adept at advocating for the environment in Manly, particularly the coastal and marine environment which continues to be dramatically affected by urban development in the catchment.
Local Government provides a very real opportunity to influence local outcomes.
Cathy takes a consultative and cooperative approach with her fellow Councillors, community, environment and social justice committees and groups.