Greg Piper

Gregory Michael Piper (born 31 August 1957 in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales), an Australian politician, is the independent member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Lake Macquarie since 2007. Piper also served as Mayor of City of Lake Macquarie between 2004 and 2012, prior to the enactment of the Local Government Amendment (Members of Parliament) Act, 2012 (NSW) preventing dual membership of state parliament and local council.

Greg Piper

Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Lake Macquarie
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Preceded byJeff Hunter
Personal details
Born
Gregory Michael Piper

(1957-08-31) 31 August 1957
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
NationalityAustralian
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Lyn Piper
Residencenear Mirrabooka
Websitegregpiper1.com

Early years and background

Piper grew up in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Kahibah. He has three children and five grandchildren. He now lives on the Morisset Peninsula in Mirrabooka, near the Westlakes suburb of Morisset, with his wife Lyn.[1]

Political career

Piper was first elected to the City of Lake Macquarie Council in 1991 as an independent councillor and served as deputy mayor through 2000. He sat on and chaired numerous council and state government committees. Piper held the position of chair of the Lake Macquarie Estuary Management Committee and the Lake Macquarie Project Management Committee since the establishment of each. He also served on Hunter Waste Management and Planning Board for a number of years including a period as chair.[1] He was directly elected as the mayor of Lake Macquarie in March 2004 and again in September 2008, where he received 60% of the first-preference vote.[2]

Piper was elected as the member for Lake Macquarie at the 2007 general election. Piper has sat on the Legislative Assembly's Broadband Committee and currently is a member of the Natural Resources Committee (Climate Change).[1]

He was overwhelmingly reelected in the 2019 New South Wales state election, winning by 72.6% on two-candidate-preferred margin against Labor's Jo Smith.[3]

Political views

According to his web site he is "left leaning, socially progressive, fiscally cautious, pragmatic, swinging voter; and staunchly Independent."[4]

References

  1. "Mr (Greg) Gregory Michael Piper, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. "2008 Lake Macquarie City Council election results". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  3. "Lake Macquarie - ABC". 23 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. "Why independent". Greg Piper. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Jeff Hunter
Member for Lake Macquarie
2007–present
Incumbent
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