Marrickville Council Green Team 2012-2016

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.

Greens Councillors on the former Marrickville Council 2008-2012


Wali (North) Ward

Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore

Sylvie grew up in the inner west and lives in Newtown. She is a native title lawyer and reconciliation activist who is passionate about diverse communities and livable cities. Sylvie has worked extensively in the reconciliation movement, particularly with Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people and is a former board member of the NSW Reconciliation Council and ANTaR. Sylvie is committed to promoting affordable housing especially for younger renters and expanding free public green space.

Wirraga (Central) Ward

Councillor Max Phillips 

Max grew up in Sydney’s Inner West and has lived in the Marrickville area for ten years. As a Councillor on Marrickville Council since 2008 Max has strongly opposed over developments such as helping to start the ‘No Lewisham Towers’ community group, and has championed environmental initiatives on Council. He has succeeded in having public filtered water fountains installed, more funding for bicycle infrastructure, and has a special interest in council reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Max currently works as a media adviser and campaigner against coal seam gas in State Parliament and previously worked as an adviser to former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown.

Magura (South) Ward

Councillor David Leary

David is an environmental lawyer and academic who lives in South Newtown. With two decades of experience as a lawyer he brings considerable insight to Marrickville Council. David will be a strong defender of our heritage and historic buildings and is committed to bringing an end to their destruction. David believes local councils have a key role to play in tackling climate change and in moving to a renewable energy future.

Burraga (West) Ward

Councillor Melissa Brooks 

Mel is a community worker supporting homeless and long-term unemployed people. She lives in Marrickville. She was recently Vice President of Australia’s largest student union at Sydney University. She has been involved in various youth, student and feminist groups and is a proud union member. Her interests include growing vegetables in small spaces and playing Oz-tag.