Presenting a cohesive council
Maintain the unique beach/bush feel
Duncan is a Paramedic and former Warringah councillor and has been involved with The Steve Waugh foundation from its inception. As a personal trainer he has worked with The Manly Sea Eagles, the NSW and Australian cricket teams and even the Wiggles. He is also a director of the cardiac arrest survival foundation.
COACHING COUNCIL TO A BETTER LIFE
If Duncan Kerr is not saving lives, he’s coaching them. The Belrose paramedic, footy and cricket coach and personal trainer has been involved in sport at elite levels, previously training the Manly Sea Eagles and currently the personal trainer of former Australian cricket captain, Michael Clarke.
He’s trained the Wiggles, was appointed Oprah Winfrey’s personal bodyguard during her 2015 Australian tour and when not exercising himself at the gym, on a bike or playing footy, he’s managed to toss some charity work into the mix, raising more than $25000 for the Steve Waugh Foundation after participating in two 800km Captain’s Rides.
However, Duncan’s unrelenting passion for improving lives also extends to his local community. Describing Warringah as “the best place to live in the world”, he is a popular figure around schools and playing fields, keeping his philosophy simple, “keep what we have, but make it even better”.
He has already served on Warringah Council as an Independent for the former Your Warringah team and has stepped up again to join the Your Northern Beaches Independent Team. Completely at ease with council operations, Duncan is still involved in council as a member of the Northern Beaches Local Representation Committee.
His primary focus is getting his community involved more in health and exercise, upgrading local sporting fields and bikeways, including a complete path from Manly to Palm Beach. He would also like to see more learning centres for performing arts centres.
Originally from Scotland, with a background in the British Navy, Duncan is considered a local after more than 25 years living on the Northern Beaches. He is vice president of the Forest Killarney Football Club and coaches numerous local children in football and cricket, occasionally calling on his high-profile friends for fundraising
While recognizing his family is his proudest achievement, he can’t help but remember 1996 when he trained the Manly Sea Eagles to a Grand Final win or being included in Stave Waugh’s last test match in 2004.
Looking ahead, Duncan sees the biggest challenge for the beaches as overdevelopment and losing its unique beach/bush feel. He wants a cohesive council to inform and listen to residents to hear both sides of every debate or story.
Duncan admits he acquired a taste for helping people during his time on Warringah Council, citing achievements including the Belrose Library, Dee Why’s PCYC and providing synthetic sports fields to Melwood Oval.