ICLEI Oceania RexCom Members

According to the 2011 ICLEI Charter, a maximum of nine ICLEI Regional Executive Committees (RexComs) are to be established globally every three years. The RexComs represent the ICLEI members in each world region and all the RexComs together form the Council. From within each RexCom one representative is nominated to the ICLEI Global Executive Committee (GexCom), which is the overall governing body representing the entire ICLEI membership. Below you will find information on the five Oceania RexCom members, which were voted for in 2017.


Chair: Councillor Kim Le Cerf, Darebin City Council, Victoria

Cr Kim Le Cerf was elected to Darebin Council in 2016 and served as Mayor from 2016-2018 and is part of an invigorated new Council featuring six women. Kim has undertaken study in economics.
Kim’s passion for the environment and desire to create a sustainable future for generations to come has been the foundation of a career in sustainability leadership in both local and state government. Much of her career to date has been devoted to managing the impacts of climate change, both locally and globally.

As a Darebin councillor Kim feels a strong connection to the local community where she lives and where she is raising her three children. She has committed to addressing key urban issues, including getting planning and land use right so we don’t destroy the neighbourhoods we know and love, investing in infrastructure now and for the future, and of course, while responding to the climate challenge. 


Councillor Caroline Knight, City of Mandurah, Western Australia

Elected to the City of Mandurah Council in 2011, Caroline is a Medical Scientist.
Caroline has an under graduate degree in Medical Laboratory Science, a postgraduate qualification in Biomedical Science and is currently studying part-time for a Jurist Doctor degree.

Caroline has been an active member of the Mandurah community for the past twenty years, with her husband and children.

Caroline is passionate about the natural environment, and is a member of the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, National Sea Change Task Force, Peron Naturaliste Partnership and Chair of the Mandurah Environmental Advisory Group. She is also one of the Council’s representatives on the Peel Joint Development Assessment Panel.

As someone very interested in the interaction between the community and the natural environment Caroline believes that decisions made now leave their mark for generations to come. 


Mayor Andrew Mua, Honiara City Council, Solomon Islands

Cr. Andrew Leonard Mua, comes from Tikopia, a remote Island in the fast eastern province of Solomon Islands. He has been elected as councilor representing for NGOSSI Ward 1, with Honiara City Boundary since 1999. Cr. Mua has served in the council for 18 years making him the longest serving councilor elect for Honiara City Council.

Cr. Mua has also been the City Mayor elect for three terms making himself a record for the longest serving City Mayor of Honiara City Council. He is an experienced local government politician and is fully and very well versed with the Honiara City Council City Act and the applied city ordinances and policies. Cr. Andrew Mua is married to Rose Mua of Vanuatu and together they have five Children.


Councillor Aaron Hawkins, Dunedin City Council, New Zealand

Aaron has served on the Dunedin City Council since 2013, and chairs its Community & Culture committee, (former) Refugee Steering Group and Creative Dunedin Partnership. At a national level, he is the elected co-chair of the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Young Elected Members committee, and an appointed member of the LGNZ Governance & Strategy Advisory Group.

Coming from a strong trade union family, his initial political concerns were around workers’ rights, broader social justice concerns, and the political influence of the deepest pockets. Eventually he realised that the biggest justice issues were environmental in nature.

Whether it’s building resilient and sustainable communities, or being more ambitious about climate change mitigation, the price of inertia is disproportionately paid by our most vulnerable citizens. He believes strongly that local government has a critical role to play in tackling these challenges, and in working collaboratively with other councils, governments and NGOs to do so.

He’s also committed to supporting the creative industries to play ther critical role in communicating challenges and solutions, and in the transition to a low carbon economy. In his spare time he chairs the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, and has previously been involved with running the Blue Oyster Art Project Space and campus station Radio One 91FM. 


Councillor Cate Coorey, Byron Bay Shire Council, New South Wales

Cate Coorey is a community activist, working to represent the people and to restore and build resilience into the natural environment in the area where she lives.

Cate comes to local government from a background in media and communications in the social justice, non-government sector, including for a major Australian charity and an international development agency. She has also worked in Media and Policy for a Greens MP and as a teacher in vocational education. She is especially interested in international development and is almost finished a Masters in International Development.

Cate is a progressive independent community representative on Byron Shire Council.