The Australian Cyclists Party is guided by an Organising Committee and is assisted by Supporters and Volunteers who advise or assist in various roles in the development of the party. Officers will be appointed in each State as part of the electoral qualification process and Candidates will be pre-selected by the Organising Committee in the lead up to respective elections.
Organising Committee Members
Omar Khalifa, Organising Committee – President and Founder
Omar was previously the CEO of Bicycle NSW and has since continued to promote community action on transport and mobility issues through Go! Alliance and the release of the mobile issue reporting tool Go! Fix. He has developed admiration for Australia’s proud cycling history and believes cycling is a key element of a healthy community.
Omar was was born in Cairo, raised in New York, trained in engineering at Duke University (North Carolina), and worked at the Kennedy Space Center, Hewlett Packard, Apple Computer; and 18 years in Australia at Optus, Telstra, Citigroup and a number of start-ups including launching Livewire – a part of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Omar was also the Policy Director for the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva and a consultant to the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility. Omar and his wife now reside on the South Coast of NSW and are involved with the local growers cooperative.
Noel McFarlane, Organising Committee – Vice-President
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 NW Tasmania. Noel has been a long term bike industry activist and helped set up the Cycling Promotion Fund 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.
Dave Gardiner, Organising Committee
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.
Professionally, in an early life was a chef and is now working in software development after doing a BE & BSc @ UNSW in mechatronics and physics.
Angus Harker – Organising Committee – Secretary
Rich Nicol – Organising Committee
Rich has been cycling all of his life as a commuter, a road rider and even worked as a bicycle courier for a year and a half. He has recently become passionate about the promotion of cycling as an accessible means of active transport to foster better mental and physical health for all Australians.
Rich has worked in environmental management, corporate sustainability and energy efficiency for nearly 15 years. He currently works for Car Next Door which is a neighbourhood car sharing start up company providing real transport solutions in Sydney and Melbourne.
Currently there are two Committee Member positions open.