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 2015.

 

Chair: Councillor Cathy Oke, City of Melbourne, Victoria

First elected to the Melbourne City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, Cr Oke spent four years as chair of the Eco City portfolio and is now Chair of the Transport Committee and Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee.

As an environmental scientist with 20 years' experience in the private and public sustainability sector, Cathy brings her ecological understanding and experience to the City of Melbourne, ICLEI and to the achievement of both organizations' biodiversity agenda.

Currently, Cathy combines her role as an elected representative on the Melbourne City Council with her work at the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub of the National Environmental Science Programme. The focus of this research group is environmental quality in cities, in particular the role biodiversity and urban greening plays now and will do so in the future for liveability.

Cr Oke has actively participated with ICLEI Global and Oceania since 2009, including contributing to the LG Roadmap efforts at COP 15 (Copenhagen), COP 16 (Mexico) and COP 21 (Paris).

Councillor Roberto Colanzi, City of Yarra, Victoria

Cr Roberto Colanzi was elected to the City or Yarra, Victoria in October 2012.

Cr Colanzi’s priorities include improving disability support services, supporting community participation, creating more local childcare and play care facilities, improving services for older and retired residents, promoting environmentally sustainable architecture, improving residents’ experiences of travelling by bike, car and public transport and working with small and medium business.

He brings to his role as councillor, a range of skills and experiences to support an effective and efficient Council. These include industry, economic and marketing analysis, finance and strategic systems analysis, project management and planning, and a range of research methods.

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.

Councillor Edward Ngava, Honiara City Council, Solomon Islands


Cr Edward Ngava was elected into the Honiara City Council in December 2015.

After graduating with a Diploma in Finance and Administration and a Post Graduate Certificate in Banking, he joined the Central Bank of Solomon Islands in 1978 working himself up to being the Deputy Manager of the International Department overseeing Foreign Exchange Dealings and managing the overall Foreign Reserves of the country.

He resigned in 1989 to be part of the then Solomon Islands College of Higher Education as a College Planner, where he heads the Colleges planning and the coordination of the various schools and divisions within the College. He has also worked with a team on managing, monitoring and evaluating institutional strengthening projects. These projects contributed to the College transformation to a University Status – Solomon Islands National University.


In 1999 he was invited to develop the Football (soccer) administration which covers the development of coaches, referees, player pathways. Soccer being the number one sport in the country eventually got its FFIFA membership and its legal FIFA Membership name became Solomon Islands Football Federation. As the Technical Director, and eventually the CEO Edward attended various international FIFA seminars, conferences, congresses on behalf Solomon Islands Football Federation.

As a councillor, he is now the Deputy Mayor and is also the Chairman of the Honiara City Town and Country Planning Board. He is also the Chairman for the Youth, Women and Sports Standing Committee and the Vice-Chairman of the Education Standing Committee. He is also a member of the Lands & Urban Management Coordination Group set up by the Solomon Islands Government.

Councillor Wayne Walker, Auckland City, New Zealand

Wayne Walker is an Albany Ward Councillor of the Auckland City Council and Chair, Environment and Sustainability Forum.

Wayne Walker has lived in the City of Auckland’s Albany Ward since the early 1980’s. Over this time he has been an active participant in the community, through work, sports, clubs and as a leader of local North Shore and Hibiscus Coast groups.

Prior to being elected as a Councillor for Rodney District in 2000, a position he held for 3 terms, Wayne led action on a number of important issues that were vital not only for local people but the wider community. He worked with many community clubs, churches, trusts and societies to build and strengthen the sense of community. This included advocating and assisting the youth and seniors of our communities, helping initiate activities that make for healthier more vibrant communities with things to do that are life-building.

As a Rodney District Councillor, Wayne was the Council representative on Northern Busway, Regional land Transport Committee, Regional Growth Committee and Council Planning Commissioner for Resource Consents.

 
 
 
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