Mayor Ray Thompson
Currently sitting his first term as Mayor, and third term as a Councillor, Councillor Thompson is the chair of a number of Council committees, with a special interest in those relating to sporting and recreation including the Sports advisory, and aquatic centre. Other committees include Lithgow Aged Care and LINC.
Deputy Mayor Wayne McAndrew
Councillor Wayne McAndrew has lived in the area all his life and believes it is privilege and an honour to be elected for his fourth term as a Lithgow City Councillor to represent this wonderful area.
Encouraging business to our area to create jobs and protecting our existing businesses and industries, particularly coal mining and power generation are at the forefront of Wayne’s aspirations for our Local Government Area. Wayne will continue to support the hospital and aged care facilities as well as the promotion of tourism. Lobbying for NBN coverage in our area and a sewerage treatment plant for Cullen Bullen are other areas of key interest to Councillor McAndrew for this term of Council.
Councillor McAndrew has been involved with a number of local organisations including:
- Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Public and Private Hospital care
- Aged Care
- Community Health
- Junior Rugby League
Councillor Cassandra Coleman
Councillor Cassandra Coleman lives with husband Robert and two teenage daughters Katie and Rose in Portland and has lived in the area for over 30 years.
In addition to working at the State Debt Recovery Office, Cassandra is the Senior Vice President for the Public Service Association, and works hard to protect the entitlements and rights of the members.
When asked about her aspirations for our Local Government Area, Councillor Coleman responded “The area is changing, and our ways of doing business as a council need to evolve to support positive change. We need new approaches to achieve sustainable job creation, to ensure security and safety for local families, and to deliver ongoing and effective community services.”
Councillor Coleman has been involved with a number of organisations in the area including:
• Portland Art Society,
• Spirituality in the Pub,
• Lithgow Show Society,
• Gindaay Youth Centre and
• Parents and Citizens committees for both Portland Central and Cullen Bullen Public Schools.
Councillor Stephen Lesslie
Councillor Stephen Lesslie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney and worked as a Senior Hospital Scientist in the Biochemistry Department at both Concord Repatriation & General Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Stephen has a long history of involvement and experience in local government. He served on Drummoyne Council for sixteen years, two of those as its mayor.
He grew up in Lithgow attending both Lithgow Public School and Lithgow High School.
He has recently retired from his latest job as a Sydney bus driver to move back to his family home in Lithgow.
He is the immediate Past President and current Vice President of the Lithgow Workmen's Men's Bowling Club.
Stephen is President of Electoral Reform Australia and is an advocate for the use of proportional representation in the election of all representative bodies. He regularly makes submissions to Parliamentary enquiries which are regularly ignored.
In his spare time, when he has time, he looks after his bees.
Stephen is keen to see Council develop sustainable long term plans for the future growth of Lithgow and jobs for its increasing population which will last well beyond coal.
Councillor Steve Ring
Councillor Steve Ring came to the local area since October 1987 and has been the manager of Hartley Historic Site since that time.
He has been involved with a number of local organisations including:
- A member of Council’s Tourism and Heritage committees
- Lithgow Museum Network and
- P & C's Committees for both Portland Central and St Josephs Portland
Councillor Ring has received Two NSW National Trust Awards, for Conservation and Adaptive Reuse and a highly commended for a heritage Development Control Plan.
Councillor Maree Statham
Elected to Council in 2012, Councillor Statham was elected as Mayor from 2012 to 2016. Councillor Statham is a prominent business owner in the Local Government Area as well as being a dedicated Councillor. Councillor Statham is Chair on many Council Committee’s and has been an active member of many community committees over the years, some include;
- Past Chairperson of Portland Art Society – 20 years
- Past President Portland Wallerawang Inner Wheel – 6 years
- Past Chairperson Fundraising Committee for Paraolympics – 12 Years
- Meadow Flat Country Women’s Association – Past Secretary
- Meadow Flat Progress Association – Past Secretary/Treasurer
- Meadow Flat P & C – Past Vice President
- Lithgow Little Athletics Committee
- Bathurst Little Athletics Committee
- Bathurst Turf Club
- All Saints Art Committee
Councillor Statham has been volunteering and raising money for charity for over 45 years and is passionate about progressing the Lithgow Local Government Area whilst improving the area for the Youth.