Marrickville Council Green Team 2008-2012

About the former Marrickville Council

Marrickville Council covered the Inner West suburbs of Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Lewisham, Marrickville, Newtown, Petersham, St Peters, Stanmore, Sydenham and Tempe. In 2016 the Council was abolished by the Liberal State Government, along with neighbouring Councils Leichhardt and Ashfield. A merged Inner West Council was established in 2016.

Former Councillors 2008-2012

Fiona Byrne (North Ward)  0401 719 120

poster_fiona3Fiona has been a Greens Councillor on Marrickville Council since March 2004 and has served as Deputy Mayor for 2 years. She has been a member of many Council committees, with issues ranging variously from access to safety and transportation. She is passionate about equity of access for all and how Council can help to achieve this.

Connection to our community is important in being able to deliver the vision that residents have for the place they live and Fiona strives to ensure Marrickville continues to be a leader in community engagement.

She has lived in the area on and off for much of her life, starting in a bedsit in Newtown with her Irish migrant parents. She studied at Sydney University and has a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Celtic Studies.

Fiona’s working background is in book publishing but she has also had a varied experience, having worked in hospitality, call centres and a broad range of office environments.

Fiona has lived and travelled overseas extensively and is currently raising her three daughters in our wonderfully diverse community. She joined the Greens to try and contribute positively to the local community where her family would grow up.

Peter Olive (South Ward)  0401 719 148


Peter Olive has been a councillor for over four years and has served as Deputy Mayor of Marrickville. He has lived in Marrickville for 18 years and spreads his time between his council duties, his career as an artist and his young family.

Peter has focused on protecting Marrickville’s heritage, getting better bike paths and facilities, improving the Cooks River and ensuring that Marrickville Council is transparent and open.

A former chef, Peter is keen to enhance Marrickville’s street life. Peter’s priority is to create a sustainable society and he thinks council is a great place to continue doing this.

Marika Kontellis  (West Ward) 0409 076 708

poster_marika1Marika’s parents initially settled in the Marrickville area after migrating from Greece. Together with her partner Jim and children Jasmine and Alex, Marika calls the West Ward of Marrickville home.

A social worker with post-graduate qualifications in management, Marika has held various front line policy and senior management roles in the community sector. Her strong commitment to social justice comes from her experience working with some of the most marginalised people in our community.

Marika is a member of Marrickville Council’s Multicultural Committee and has been actively involved in many local organisations. She has a strong belief that local government plays a critical role in engaging citizens across all areas of community decision making.

Max Phillips  (Central Ward)  0419 444 916

poster_max1Max grew up in Sydney’s Inner West and has lived in the Marrickville area for ten years. He has an honours degree from University of Sydney and has worked as a postman, as an administrator, and as a policy advisor for Greens Senator Kerry Nettle.

Max has been a key member of the Refugee Action Coalition and its campaign for the compassionate treatment of refugees. His number one priority is stopping climate change. He believes action at a local community level can make a real difference abd will work to make Marrickville Council a leader in implementing local solutions to reduce our carbon footprint.

Cathy Peters (North Ward)  0419 444 974

poster_cathy1Cathy has worked as a radio producer for ABC Radio National for 25 years and has campaigned to defend the autonomy of the ABC as well as other public institutions. She has a committment to human rights and to the rights Aboriginal Australians and has made numerous programs on these subjects which have been broadcast nationally and internationally. She believes in the importance of arts and culture in a community and has worked  in this time supporting and highlighting the work of Australian musicians from all cultural backgrounds.

She first lived in the area in the late ’70s when she studied at Sydney Univeristy and has since returned to live in the inner west with her family.  She will work to ensure a more sustainable, greener locale  and greater transparency in local council.  She is a member of the Marrickville Aboriginal Consultative Committee.