Clr Ian White
“Local government is the backbone of our democratic system, the level of government that has the greatest impact on peoples' everyday lives.”
– Clr Ian White
Preserving the natural environment
Create a vibrant and inclusive community
More affordable housing
Ian is a former Deputy Mayor of Pittwater, serving as Councillor for 7 years. He’s a teacher at Newport Primary school and is an active member of the Warringah Pittwater Rural Fire Service and senior deputy captain of the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade. Throughout his years of service, Ian has remained true to his belief that Council should create a vibrant and inclusive community, while preserving the natural environment.
SERVICE ABOVE AND BEYOND
Ian White cuts a familiar figure around Pittwater. His service to the community, both professionally and as a volunteer, over the past 30 years has not gone unnoticed. It’s to be expected really when you consider how committed he is to making things better.
Whether it is teaching children, preventing the destruction of the habitat, rescuing people, or finding solutions for more affordable housing, local residents know they can rely on Ian.
The Newport Public School Primary School teacher served on the former Pittwater Council for seven years and is credited with facilitating the improvement of roads, villages, waterways and the environment using economic responsibility and community involvement. He is still involved with the Northern Beaches Council as a member of the Local Representation Committee Environment and is on the Affordable Housing Advisory Group.
However, his enduring responsibility to his community doesn’t end with council. For 22 years Ian has been an active member of the Warringah Pittwater Rural Fire Service and is senior deputy Captain of the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade. He is also a volunteer paramedic for a volunteer ambulance service and belongs to several bush regeneration groups.
Ian has a track record for making considered, informed and pragmatic decisions and not capitulating to the easy or popular way out when confronted with difficult decisions.
He is a clear-headed and proven leader in any emergency and a calm, resourceful mentor when it comes to leading people in government. He rallied large numbers of booth workers and volunteers to support him during his two successful council election campaigns for the Ian White Group and strongly believes the new council will need the stable influence of experienced former councillors, “particularly experienced councillors not interested in grandstanding”.
He also understands that State Government one-size-fits-all templates are not beneficial for his community. Instead, he’d rather work tirelessly with the residents tackling the issues directly affecting them, “planning for change, not reacting to change”.
The Your Beaches Independent Team is the perfect solution for Ian’s plan to join the Northern Beaches Council, maintain his own high integrity and work towards a community that is vibrant, inclusive and liveable.