Lindsay Johnston for Sydney

Lindsay Johnston for Sydney

Lindsay Johnston is The Greens candidate for Lord Mayor in the City of Sydney.

Lindsay is a food scientist with broad experience in corporate governance and industry research & development. He grew up on a farm near the regional city of Albury. When the big banks attempted to foreclose on his family business he took them on – and won. He knows what it means to feel powerless. For the past 15 years, Lindsay has lived and now runs a consultancy practice in forensic analysis in central Sydney.

Lindsay identifies with and is committed to the rainbow community. He believes that once we accept marriage equality and civil rights for all of our citizens we will have a community where everyone feels safe and included.

With his diverse background, experience in governance and his willingness to stand up against injustice, Lindsay brings a set of skills and commitment to council that will make Sydney a fairer and more inclusive city.

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Our vision for Sydney

Most of us who live in Sydney share common values about the type of city we want to live in and the communities we are a part of.

Inclusive, vibrant, sustainable and affordable—these are more than words, they are pillars on which the shared vision of our city is built.

Despite these common values, successive state and federal governments, backed by corporate donors and driven by party machines, have systemically undermined our potential to be the best city we can be.

Only by standing together can our many voices demand a better future.

Elections should be about a vision for the future. This is ours, we hope you share it.

Full of vibrant, diverse and caring communities


Connecting with our neighbours and communities creates a safe, welcoming, and multicultural Sydney.

Cuts to funding for women’s shelters and domestic violence prevention, dogwhistling from tired old political parties, and cruel policies towards refugees all make our community weaker.

When we care for our neighbours and welcome diversity, we create the type of society that everyone wants to be part of.

An affordable & sustainable built environment


A vibrant city welcomes and encourages residents from all walks of life—workers, students, artists and more.

By fixing our broken tax system we can make housing more affordable and invest millions in new public and affordable housing, we can ensure Sydney is a city for everyone.

We can have sustainability built into all new structures, world-class architecture and urban parklands to match our harbour’s stunning natural beauty.

A hub of culture, innovation and creativity


A humming amateur, emerging and professional creative scene is an essential component of any truly global city.

Funding cuts to Arts organisations, punitive late-night lockouts and a lack of affordable venues all hold back emerging artists and our cultural development.

Arts and culture reflect the evolving collective personality of a community, branching out into the sciences, creative industries and beyond to create a truly thriving society.

Quick, cheap and easy to get around


Public transport networks are the arteries of a healthy, functioning city, with the ability to move residents quickly from one part of the city to another.

Sydney has fallen behind equivalent modern cities in our integration of trains, trams, buses, ferries, bike-paths and pedestrian walkways.

A free and efficient public transport system means fewer polluting cars on the road, less inequality, and a more vibrant and interconnected place to live.

Powered by 100% renewable energy


A modern Sydney will be powered by solar, wind and wave power—100% renewable energy for a 100% sustainable city.

City of Sydney Council has made a good start in this direction, but the old parties in state and federal parliaments are addicted to coal, fossil fuels and corporate donations.

Publicly owned renewable energy infrastructure provides tens of thousands of new jobs, and is the cornerstone of a fairer new economy.


De Brierley Newton

De lives and work in Glebe. She has been the creative director of advertising agencies in Australia and overseas; Head of the Billy Blue School of Graphic Design; an integral part of a community group that saved Hunters Hill High School and policy and media advisor to the then Greens Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney.

“While I believe that Sydney is already a great city, it is fast turning into a selective one where only those with money and privilege can afford to call it home. We need to turn this around.

That means investing the council’s considerable cash resources back into our community: guaranteeing affordable housing is part of every development; that rentable properties do not remain empty simply to shore up investors’ tax benefits; that there is continued investment in infrastructure and renewable energy and that Sydney remains a vibrant, global city that is also a place where people want to live.

Sydney is a collection of diverse communities and the people who live in these communities are entitled to have their voices heard and their interests given equal consideration.”

Chris Brentin

Chris lives and works in Sydney.  The son of migrant parents, he holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Sydney.

He has over ten years experience working in the disability sector.  Chris is currently a Psychologist and operates his own counseling practice working across greater Sydney.

Chris has also volunteered for Citizen Advocacy and the ACON anti-violence project.

Mark Smith

For the last 30 years Mark has lived in inner Sydney being a long term resident of Zetland and more recently Darlinghurst. He studied at UTS and is a qualified CPA. In 2005 Mark founded people2people, an entrepreneurial and fast growing recruitment business that started on Market Street, Sydney.

Mark understands that in the urban inner city, such as we have in the City of Sydney, we need to treasure our limited open space, value the broader environment and take action to ensure that we create a sustainable and balanced way of life for the future.

Having a business and also being an active member of the Greens for the last ten years, Mark believes it is imperative and is working to ensure that the city residential community, business owners and local government collaborate to achieve a fair, socially responsible and progressive Sydney.

Caroline Alcorso

A national manager in the non-government disability sector, Caroline has deep knowledge and experience in workforce and employment policy and practice. She has had a range of academic and public roles, with a focus on immigrants and cultural diversity, as well as women and gender issues.

As a Greens NSW member for some 12 years Caroline has participated in the party at many levels and played a strong role in the Greens multicultural engagement.

Caroline’s focus as a City of Sydney Councillor would be to campaign for more sustainable development that improves the local environment and makes life easier for people who are less well off.

The Basics

The Greens have always been there; protecting the environment, supporting public schools, public transport, public land and standing up for marriage equality and the rights of women.

How the Greens principles are used to drive progress in Sydney:


Promoting visionary planning by elevating integrated public transport, cycleways and pedestrian networks, preserving open space and promoting biodiversity, educating citizens to grow local produce and promote 100% renewable energy in developments and reduce the need for artificial cooling and heating.


Introducing interventionalist policy initiatives to increase affordable housing stock and release vacant properties into the rental market, Council run initiatives to assist with indigenous, multicultural, homeless and LGBTI equality, aged care facilities and access to justice, Healthy lifestyle education to children and parents and an extension of means-tested legal aid.


The Greens practice grassroots democracy, and with an extensive membership network in Sydney, any member can influence policy through their local group. Citizens and non-members can engage in this process through members to put forward their ideas. This is unlike any other political party.


The Greens support the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use, an increase in funding for mental health programmes, and educational programmes aimed at the cause of all forms of anti-social behaviour. We aso support the defunding of military capital investment programmes.

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