Former MP Kevin Greene confirms he is standing for Georges River Council

Now standing: Former MP Kevin Greene has confirmed he is running for Georges River Council. Picture: John Veage
Now standing: Former MP Kevin Greene has confirmed he is running for Georges River Council. Picture: John Veage

Former state MP Kevin Greene has confirmed that he has nominated to stand as a Labor councillor for Georges River Council.

Nominations for Labor preselections opened last Friday and close Friday at 2pm for the council elections, to be held on September 9.

A spokesman for Mr Greene confirmed that he has nominated to stand in the new Peakhurst Ward.

Mr Greene was the MP for Georges River and Oatley 1999 to 2011 and was a cabinet minister holding the portfolios of community services, and gaming and racing.

He is president of St George Cricket Club and is on the board of Racing NSW.

Former Hurstville mayor, Steve McMahon gave Mr Greene his strong support.

“While he has retired from state politics Kevin still has strong ties with sporting and community groups,” Mr McMahon said.

“He is standing for council for the right reasons and I think he will be a good influence on Georges River Council.”

Mr Greene previously considered standing for Hurstville Council in a 2014 by-election.

Brent Thomas was chosen to stand and served on Hurstville Council for two years before the council was amalgamated.

Mr Thomas confirmed he is not running again and gave his full support to Mr Greene.

“Kevin Greene has always declared that he stands up for what’s right and against corruption,” Mr Thomas said.

“This is what the new council needs after what the Hurstville Council has been through over the previous few years.”

Former Kogarah mayor Nick Katris has confirmed that he has nominated as ALP candidate for the new Kogarah Bay ward which takes in the old Kogarah North Ward and East Ward.

Mr Katris served as councillor for 22 years on Kogarah Council including one term as mayor.

Former ALP Kogarah councillor Kathryn Landsberry is nominating for new Blakehurst Ward of Georges River Council which takes in Kogarah’s old Middle and West Wards.

She served on the Kogarah Council for three terms from 2004 to 2016 and including a term as deputy mayor.

Former Hurstville councillor Sandy Grekas will be standing as an independent in Blakehurst Ward.

She served on Hurstville Council from 2004 and 2008 and decided not to continue because she was not comfortable with the way the council was heading.

She has since resigned for the ALP and has maintained a community profile as president of the Oatley Public School P&C.

There could be tough competition for ALP pre-selection in the new Penshurst Ward between former councillors and some new faces.

It should be clearer by July 5 if any of the candidates are standing unopposed.

If it comes down to a ballot this is expected to be held on Saturday, July 15.