About the ICLEI Oceania Staff


Oceania Secretariat

Steve Gawler, Regional Director

Steve joined ICLEI Oceania in 2008 as Director International Programs. He was based in Jakarta for the next 7 years coordinating climate change and disaster risk reduction programs with cities in Indonesia and other parts of Asia. Steve established the Indonesia ICLEI Office during this time. In July 2015 he returned to Australia to take up the position of Regional Director. Before joining ICLEI Steve held senior management positions in Australian local governments in Victoria and South Australia for over 20 years, including 7 years as CEO.
Email: Steve Gawler

Sue Oliver, Membership and Projects Coordinator

After graduating from RMIT with a BAppSc in Computer Science, Sue spent over fifteen years in the Telecommunications industry working internationally before undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability at Swinburne University. It didn’t take long before she traded her much loved EH Holden for a bike and plunged headlong into the sustainability sector.

Her previous employment was with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, EIANZ and she is currently an active member of the Yarra River Keepers Association. Sue is committed to a more balanced and self-aware world through social change.

Email: Sue Oliver
Phone: +61 3 9639 8688

Bernie Cotter, Executive Director

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.

Email: Bernie Cotter


Madeleine Suzanne Cahill, Zealous Communications

Madeleine is passionate about raising the profile of organisations that strive to create healthy, thriving communities and works with ICLEI Oceania on all their communication activities. 

Email: Madeleine Suzanne Cahill

Phone + 61 450 064 779

Contact ICLEI Oceania

Level 1, 200 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000

Mailing Address:
PO Box 24263
Melbourne Vic 3001

Email: oceania@remove-this.iclei.org

Phone: +61 3 9639 8688