Bernie Cotter has been working with local government since 1988 and has seen and contributed to the rise in awareness and effectiveness of environmental programs in Australia. Bernie has been a Director of the Board of ICLEI ANZ and Company Director of the organisation since its inception in 1999. As one of the founders of ICLEI in Australia Bernie was active in establishing the organisational structure and key program delivery opportunities including Cities for Climate Protection, sustainability actions and Local Agenda 21. Bernie was the initial program manager for the successful ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) campaign and before that coordinated the pilot CCP through Environs Australia, the local government environment network, in his capacity as Executive Director.
Bernie has held many positions relevant to local government sustainability since 1989 beginning with development of Victoria's first regional conservation strategy for Ballarat, Local Government Coordinator at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University, Director with Cotter & Wescott P/L & Civic Consulting, Executive Director of Environs Australia, Manager of Environment & Natural Resources City of Greater Geelong, Environmental Sustainability Projects with Colac Otway Shire and currently Executive Officer for the Association of Bayside Municipalities in Victoria Australia.
Bernie has a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Diploma of Primary Teaching and has produced guidebooks and technical material on environmental programs and approaches for local government. He was one of the initiators of CouncilNet, an early internet Bulletin Board and email service to councils, and has promoted numerous sustainability approaches with local councils over the last 20 years.
Patrick is a qualified accountant with experience in project management and risk management. His experience spans across sectors including import and wholesale, manufacturing and research, environment, aid and development and community development.
During 2008 and 2009 he served as ICLEI Oceania Finance Manager and more recently as a financial consultant. He currently works as contract accountant with the Australian Drug Foundation.
A change manager, Patrick has headed up working groups to improve business finance processes, introducing initiatives resulting in significant savings for organisations and is involved in the development of strong internal systems and processes.
As audit and quality assurance lead, he was responsible for significant improvements in financial management and reporting for international projects.
As a member of the organisational Environmental Sustainability Group, he was involved in the introduction of green practices and the development of organisational environmental guidelines.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified Practising Accountant. He is a member of Empacta – Association of International Auditors and also holds a Diploma of Management through Leadership Management Australia.
Paddi Creevey was elected by the community as Mayor of Mandurah for her second term in October 2009 and retired from Council in 2014 following over 20 years in Local Government.
Paddi has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Social Work (WAIT) now Curtin and worked at Royal Perth Hospital, and then at Community Health based in Mandurah for 20 years.
Paddi has been instrumental in the development of a wide range of community organisations and services. Paddi is the Chair of the Governing Council of Challenger Institute of Training, and also serves on an advisory group on Higher Education in Regional Australia.
She is a member of the Peel Region Planning Committee, and has previously served as a member of the Peel Inlet Management Council. She is a member of the Regional Development Australia Peel, Chairs the Ministerial Advisory Committee, Women in Local Government, and has served on on the Peel Development Commission Board.
She was previously a member of the Federal Government’s Coasts & Climate Change Council, and now serves as a member of the Independent Expert Group (IEG) providing advice on the development of the Climate Futures Report.
Paddi believes that Local Government working well with others can make a difference to people’s lives and that strong partnerships benefit the community.
Paddi was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2010 for her services to the community and Local Government, and was inducted into the inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011.