Ward 1 Councillors

Ward 1 Councillors

Email correspondence to the Councillors email addresses provided below:


Councillor Emma White (ALP)


0409 191 875

Emma White was first elected in 2017.

Emma has a Bachelor in Business (Human Resources/Industrial Relations).

Her experience includes 17 years as an advocate and representative for public services and public service jobs. Advocate and representative for workers’ rights and conditions.

Years of service – three.


Councillor John Mackenzie (Greens)

0408 533 010

Dr John Mackenzie is a policy research consultant with over fifteen years’ experience in academic, government and consulting roles.

Dr Mackenzie brings to Council expertise in social research, impact assessment, community engagement and evaluation.

He has worked around the country on policy initiatives that bring communities together to find solutions to complex, divisive and intractable natural resource management problems, such as water allocation in the Murray Darling Basin and Indigenous water rights in Cape York and the Kimberley.

Years of service - three.


Councillor John Church (IND)

0414 294 944

John Church was first elected in 2017.

Born and bred Novocastrian with a career background in media and small business.

John holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John is married to Lynne with three children and is passionate about this city and community.

He is a member of the Salvation Army Red Shield Committee and Advisory Board.

Years of service - three.