Ward 3 Councillors

Ward 3 Councillors

Email correspondence to Councillors at the email addresses provided below:


Councillor Declan Clausen (ALP)

Deputy Lord Mayor
0419 212 207

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen was elected to Council at a by-election in 2015 and elected for a second term in September 2017.

He is a representative of the Australian Labor Party.

Cr Clausen was elected to the role of Deputy Lord Mayor in September 2017, re-elected in August 2018 and August 2020.

Cr Clausen holds a BEng (Hons I) from the University of Newcastle and has completed a Masters of Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford.

He additionally holds qualifications as a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Certificate IV in leadership and management, and has completed the Bloomberg Harvard Cities Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

Cr Clausen is particularly interested in sustainability and environmental conservation, urban amenity and planning, and the City’s Smart City program.

Qualifications: BEng (Hons I) (Newcastle), MSc (with Merit) (Oxon), GAICD, JP

Membership on Advisory Committees:
⁃ Chair, Strategy and Innovation Advisory Committee
⁃ Member, Asset Advisory Committee
⁃ Member, Youth Advisory Committee (Youth Council)

Membership on External Committees:
⁃ Member, Hunter Joint Organisation Regional Economic Transition Standing Committee
⁃ Member, NSW Public Libraries Association

Years of service - five.


Councillor Andrea Rufo


0428 020 121

Andrea Rufo was first elected to Council in 2012 and for a second term in September 2017.

Andrea held the position of Deputy Lord Mayor for a period from November 2014 to March 2015.

Andrea is a Newcastle man who is committed to making a difference. Over the past 35 years, he has carried out many hours of voluntary community work.

He has been described as a person who has a sincere, cheerful attitude and provides a warm welcome to all. Andrea has been recognised by both Local and State Government for his contribution to Community welfare and fundraising for breast cancer research and then further recognised by the Federal Government and in 2013 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

Andrea was presented with Order of the Star of Italy (Order of Knighthood) by the President of Italy for outstanding contribution to the Italian Community in Newcastle & the Hunter.

Years of service - eight.


Councillor Peta Winney-Baartz (ALP)

0427 922 149

Peta Winney-Baartz was first elected in 2017.

Peta is a proud Novocastrian, raising her four children locally.

She is an Educator with over 25 years’ experience in the Family/ Youth sector. Peta sits on the Board of Hunter Homeless Connect and is passionate about helping people.

She works closely with many local organisations and advocates for all.

Peta is particularly driven to engage young people and make sure they are heard.

Years of service - three.