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Clr Roslyn Harrison

“Listen first, research second, ask lots of questions third and then make informed decisions in the best interests of the community.” – Clr Roslyn Harrison


  • Ensuring council is transparent and genuinely consults with and engages its community

  • More affordable housing

  • Addressing the shortfall of sporting fields

  • Expanding on arts culture

  • Ensuring Northern Beaches voices are heard on state significant issues

  • Continue using the real estate on garbage trucks for social justice messaging

  • Forest High school community is looked after and any decisions around the school are in the community’s best interest

  • A skate park, similar to that of Mona Vale, for children and young people in the Frenchs Forest ward

Roslyn is a former Deputy Mayor of Warringah, a mother of three active boys, and a primary school teacher at Mimosa Public school in Frenchs Forest. Before going into teaching, Roslyn spent 20 years working with various Government Departments. She takes a strong stance on social justice and welfare issues and lists one of her achievements on Council as implementing the ‘Warringah Says No to Domestic Violence’ campaign, resulting in local garbage trucks carrying the powerful message.




Throughout her career, Roslyn Harrison has learned to listen. She believes that all learning occurs when you stop to listen to others. It was a skill she had to hone working in government departments for more than 20 years, and one she has sharpened even more vigorously as a primary school teacher. She also practiced what she preached as a former councilor and deputy mayor of Warringah Council, understanding that nothing can get done if “lips are open and ears are closed”.


Her own impressive track record for getting things done included helping to facilitate a number of council projects such as the upgrade of the Forestville memorial playing fields, construction of Dee Why’s PCYC, completion of the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail, installing the Knitting Lady memorial at Collaroy, building the Collaroy inclusive playground, the revamp of Glen Street Theatre and the Belrose Library.


One of her proudest achievements while working on council, however, was her call to council to adopt the ‘Warringah Says No to Domestic Violence’ campaign in 2015, resulting in local garage trucks carrying the message. Her future priorities for the northern beaches include more affordable housing, addressing the shortfall in sporting fields and expanding on the council’s arts culture projects.   Roslyn also wants to ensure that the newly formed Northern Beaches Council continually engages and consults with its residents and remains transparent.


There’s no doubt Roslyn has her finger right on the pulse of her community. She grew up in Forestville, attended Frenchs Forest Public School and Forest High School, and now with a family of her own is still living in Forestville.

She has been president of the Northern Beaches Multiple Birth Association and of the Forestville P&C and sat on numerous committees. Some of these committees included: the Vibrant Connected Communities and Environmental SRGs; Companion Animal Community; Curl Curl Youth and Community Centre; Curl Curl Sports Community; and Affordable Housing Community. 


Her work with the government includes curriculum development at the Board of Studies, marketing for WorkCover, media monitoring for the Premier's Department, managing National Youth Week and developing early intervention and prevention programs for children and families at risk for DoCS.


Despite her vast government experience, however, Roslyn insists she’s not one to get “caught up in politics” and approaches her work with the future of both her own children, and the children she teaches, in mind. As a proud former Warringah councilor, she is ready to continue working for her neighbourhood as a member of the Your Northern Beaches Independent Team.


Roslyn is looking forward to council adopting her values as a teacher, parent and volunteer of respect, integrity, collaboration, cooperation and consultation.