Monthly Archives: February 2015

Anthony New

Anthony New

Lives: Sutherland Shire

Occupation: Law Enforcement

Candidate for the Legislative Council

Anthony studied Sports Science at New South Wales University prior to commencing an 18 year career with the New South Wales Force as a Police Officer in both Metropolitan and Rural New South Wales. Anthony has chosen to run as a Candidate for the Australian Cyclists Party as a private citizen in the upcoming State election, as he believes that successive governments have not implemented a transport and infrastructure program that is able to cope with the current and future needs of the people of this state in an integrated and sustainable way.

Anthony is a firm believer in the maintaining a healthy work life balance, which includes maintaining good health through activity. In his teens and 20’s Anthony was a keen sports person and athletics coach, and was the Open age NSW State Champion in Decathlon, and represented NSW at National championships in Decathlon, Pole Vault and 110m hurdles. Anthony became involved in cycling in 2008 after a knee arthroscopy and soon saw the incredible health benefits that comes from riding this ‘freedom machine’ These days Anthony participates in Masters level road and track cycling to maintain good health and fitness and is an advocate for using active transport (walking and cycling) in conjunction with public transport to reduce the strain on our congested roadways and improve general health, and simply get people active again for better quality of life.

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James Pennefather

Lives: North Shore

Occupation:  IT Training and Marketing

Candidate for the Legislative Council

Since receiving a bike on his 8th birthday James has been riding all his life, with some great adventures on bicycles around the world including North America, Asia and Europe.

Currently living on Sydney’s North Shore with his young family, he regularly commutes to work in the city and can’t think of a better way to get there. His real passion however is mountain biking  on the weekend. With the opening up of trails across the Sydney area including Hornsby, extra trails at Manly and the Blue Mountains local MTB has never looked so good, generating new converts all the time.

An aspect of cycling James really likes is its inclusion across the whole community. It doesn’t matter what a person’s age, gender or background is, almost everyone has ridden a bike at some stage or has children and friends who do so. With cycling’s continual growth in popularity and importance, there are some great opportunities to reform our transport system to provide better options and accessibility for the whole community.

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David Gardiner

Dave Gardiner

Lives: Inner West

Occupation: IT

Candidate for the Legislative Council

Early in his career Dave was a chef and worked at Ritz Carlton and Cottage Point.  He has a BE BSc is in mechatronics and physics.

Dave has always ridden, a lot of that side ways, but as he has got older that’s tending to straighten out, mostly due to wear and tear. Has commuted on and off by bike for 25 years in Sydney. Has spent enough time in medical care due to SMIDSY and believes we can do better on the roads we all pay for.

Besides cycling, Dave enjoys skateboarding, surfboarding and snowboarding.

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Noel McFarlane

Noel McFarlane

Lives: Lower North Shore

Occupation: Bike Producer

Candidate for the Legislative Assembly – Seat of Newtown

Noel has been in the bike industry for 35 years. Mostly as a wholesaler (Gemini/Mongoose/Cervelo) but also as a touring bike designer and producer (Vivente World Randonneur). He also owns a farm in Northwest Tasmania. Noel has been a long term bike industry activist and helped set up the CPF in Australia.

Noel does not own a car and cycles over 10,000km a year. He loves to go on bike tours. At his stage in life (61) he is lucky to be touring internationally several times a year. He sees first hand how bikes are used in many counties. His advocacy focus is particularly on Canberra where he sees top-down policy development and tied funding as the keys to bringing change in Australia.

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Omar Khalifa

Omar Khalifa

Lives: South Coast

Occupation: Cycling Advocate

Candidate for the Legislative Council

Omar began his career as an engineer working at the Kennedy Space Center before moving to product development roles with Hewlett Packard and Apple Computer.  His work in product life cycle management led to his appointment as Policy Director for the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. Omar has now lived in Australia for nearly 20 years and has worked primarily with product development with Optus, Telstra, Citigroup, Unwired and with Uniseed, a venture capital firm.  He later led the development of an online young people’s community – Livewire – for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  He currently serves on the board of a local growers food cooperative, Greenbox and spends his spare time raising fish, chickens, pigs and growing vegies.

Omar is a life-long leisure and (later) commuter cyclist who took up cycling advocacy 5 years ago as CEO of Bicycle NSW.  He later continued to develop community advocacy strategies through Go! Alliance that led to the creation of the Australian Cyclists Party.

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Phil Latz

Phil Latz

Lives: Wollongong

Occupation: Journalist and Publisher

Candidate for the Legislative Assembly – Seat of Wollongong

Phil Latz has been actively involved in cycling since the age of 10, first as a racer, then for 25 years as the founder of Bicycling Australia, a cycling media company that publishes a range of cycling magazines, books and websites.

Amongst a lifetime of cycling activity, Phil has also founded successful charity bike rides including the Ride Around the Lake, co-founded the Cycling Promotion Fund, authored ‘Phil’s Bicycle Book’ and spoken about cycling through various media and at a wide range of cycling conferences both within Australia and overseas.

He lives within the Wollongong electorate with Catie, his wife of 30 years and their children, now adults, also live in Wollongong.

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Sam Reich

Sam Reich

Lives: Newcastle

Occupation: Retired

Candidate for the Legislative Assembly – Seat of Newcastle

Sam is a recently retired geologist and mining consultant, originally from the USA but with over 30 years in Australia. He has a long-held passion for cycling as transport, for long distance touring as well as commuting.

Sam has held the position of Secretary of the Newcastle Cycleways Movement Inc. (his local Bicycle Users Group) for several years, and is on the Steering Committee of the coordinating group of the CycleSafe Network initiative currently being promoted for the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie LGAs. He has previously served six years as National Treasurer of the Ulysses Club, and on several other boards of management.

Sam is also interested in “rails to trails” conversions, and has actively promoted several project proposals in NSW. He has cycled in the USA, Europe and New Zealand, and has developed a deep appreciation for the benefits that a strong cycling culture can bring to communities, including those to health, the environment, safety and quality of life.

Sam is married with three stepdaughters and three grandchildren, and pursues his other interests (guitar, harmonica and photography) in what little time is left over from cycling and family.

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Nick Bonich

Nick Bonich

Lives: Inner City

Occupation: Consultant

Candidate for the Legislative Council

Runs The Department, a small consultancy specialising in community and behaviour change. Previously worked in marketing and strategy.

Sees cycling (and active transport) as a neat gateway to bigger conversations about health, planning and social equity. Helping to create more accessible and liveable urban spaces.

Has never owned a car, preferring to get around by bike.

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Pip Vice

Pip Vice

Lives: North Shore

Occupation: Communications Consultant

Candidate for the Legislative Assembly – Seat of North Shore

Pip is a freelance communications consultant. She has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years.

Pip studied Art History at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She lives in Waverton with her husband and two teenage children.

Pip believes passionately in normalising bicycling. She knows that if there were good, continuous infrastructure for bicyclists you would get far more people onto their bicycles. She is aware that many people are too afraid to bicycle in Australia much as they would like to. Pip knows the mental and health benefits associated with cycling and any form of physical activity. She is passionate about getting more women onto their bikes, and if more women are on their bikes their kids will follow.

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Philip Griffiths

Philip Griffiths

Lives: Hills District

Occupation: Manager

Candidate for the Legislative Council

Philip works for Fujitsu Australia as the National Repair Centre Manager.

Philip grew up in Epping and studied at the University of Western Sydney. He and his wife, Maree, live in Bella Vista, NW Sydney with their two adult sons, Ross and Alex.

Philip commutes to work on a mix of bike, bus and train. He is also an active member of the Bike North Bicycle User Group and leads recreational rides around north western Sydney. He is keen to help new cyclists try cycling, for travel, fitness, fun and recreation. Philip sees the importance of reforming Australian transport systems to increase travel options and enhance personal mobility. “I believe cycling can fill an important community role, leveraging the potential of public transport, reducing car dependency and making our streets safer places to live”.

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