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Our Mayor and Councillors

Port Stephens Council has a popularly elected Mayor and 9 Councillors representing 3 wards.

Please note, all mail received by the Mayor or Councillor at Council, will be recorded in Council's electronic records management system in accordance with the State Records Act, prior to being forwarded to the Mayor or relevant Councillor.

Mayor and Councillor enquiries can be directed to:
Senior Executive Assistant
Phone 02 4988 0245
Fax 02 4987 3612
Email council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Mayor Ryan Palmer

Ryan Palmer

Mayor Ryan Palmer
PO Box 42
Raymond Terrace NSW 2324
Mobile: 0402 749 467

A lifetime resident, Ryan was elected Mayor of Port Stephens in 2017. Passionate about the Port Stephens area, Ryan brings to the office a record of community activism, including 2 years as President of the Tomaree Business Chamber. In his previous life, Ryan was a touring tennis professional, before a move into the finance sector including a period as General Manager of Nelson and Salamander Bays' Greater Bank.

Whilst presiding over his first term of Council, Ryan and his wife Jessica are raising another generation of Port Stephens locals in the form of their two young children, Bella and Knox.

East Ward Councillors

Cr Glen Dunkley

Glen Dunkley
Cr Glen Dunkley
PO Box 42
Raymond Terrace NSW 2324
0438 550 356

Glen is another lifetime Port Stephens resident, entering his first term on Council as a representative of the East Ward. The safety and environment manager holds a degree in Occupational Health and Safety.

A Life Member of the Fingal Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and President between 2007 and 2011, Glen has picked up a number of National Awards as a result of his outstanding service, which stretches back to 1992.

Married to Kate, with two young children, Glen is one of four new Councilors charged with shaping Council's strategic vision over the next three years.

Cr Jaimie Abbott

Jamie Abbott
Cr Jaimie Abbott
PO Box 584
Salamander Bay NSW 2317
0403 176 298

Jaimie brings a wealth of experience in the public eye to her role as a first term Councillor, including 15 years working in and with the media as a journalist, advisor and consultant.

She has contributed extensively to a number of volunteer and not for profit organisations, including Port Stephens FM, Hunter Animal Rescue (seven years as President), Hunter Business Womens' Network and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Volunteer Support Group.

Jaimie is also a squadron leader in the RAAF Reserves, having spent six months deployed in Afghanistan as the Chief of Media Training for the International Security Assistance force. She completed her Bachelor of Communications Degree at Charles Sturt University.

Cr John Nell

John Nell
Cr John Nell
95 Sergeant Baker Drive
Corlette NSW 2315
(02) 4981 3310
0419 375 059

John is a retired marine biologist, having worked for the Department of Fisheries for 30 years after obtaining his PhD in Agriculture from the University of Sydney. He and his wife Adriana have lived on the Tomaree Peninsula since 1979, where they raised their family.

John was first elected to Port Stephens Council from 1983-1987 and has spent a total of 30 years as a Port Stephens Councillor, including two as Mayor.

John is passionate about Port Stephens' pristine environment and plays a key role in a large number of Landcare and marine-based committees, including chair of the Marine Park Committee, Chair of the Estuary Management Committee and the vice-president of the Tomaree Sports Council, among others.

Central Ward Councillors

Cr Chris Doohan

Chris Doohan

Cr Chris Doohan - Deputy Mayor
60 Sunningdale Circuit
Medowie NSW 2318
0434 601 957 or
0418 744 445

Chris has been a resident of Medowie for over a decade, and has lived in or been a regular visitor to the Port Stephens region for more than 40 years. He was elected as a Central Ward Councillor in 2012 and Deputy Mayor in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He is the current President of the Medowie Sports & Recreation Club and a member of the Medowie Sports Council.

Chris has two children, Holly and Jaike, who both attend school locally. Chris ran his own business in Nelson Bay for over five years and is currently employed as an Improvements Manager in the aerospace industry. He also spent 12 years serving in the Royal Australian Air Force, living and working for seven years in Saudi Arabia.

He has a keen interest in improving local infrastructure and helping provide employment opportunities, which allow local people to live and work in beautiful Port Stephens.

Cr Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith
Cr Sarah Smith 
PO Box 81
Anna Bay NSW 2316
0421 317 173

Having grown up in Mudgee, Sarah moved to Port Stephens in 2010 and currently resides in Central Ward's Anna Bay. With a strong career in hospitality behind her, Sarah and her husband opened the Crest at Birubi Beach.

It is a love for interacting with the Port Stephens community, particularly local youth, that led Sarah to stand for Council in 2017. As a first time Councillor, Sarah brings strong relationship building skills and a proven track record to the role.

Cr Steve Tucker

Steve Tucker

Cr Steve Tucker
8 Tanilba Avenue
Tanilba Bay NSW 2319
0437 045 940
02 4984 5274

Steve was elected to Council for the first time in 2004 and has been a member of Council ever since. He has served as Deputy Mayor on three occasions in 2006, 2014 and 2015.

He is married, has three children and is employed as a Computer Analyst by Hunter Area Health Service.

A proud resident of the Tilligerry Peninsula, Steve's main interests are development of sporting facilities and local community services.

West Ward Councillors

Cr Giacomo Arnott

Giacomo Arnott
Cr Giacomo Arnott
PO Box 144
Raymond Terrace NSW 2324
0468 391 459

Giacomo has lived and worked in Raymond Terrace his whole life and is the youngest person to be elected to Council in the history of Port Stephens. He is a business graduate and is nearing the completion of his Law Degree at the University of Newcastle.

He devotes considerable time to many community based initiatives, including being a retained firefighter with Raymond Terrace Fire and Rescue.

Giacomo has a particular interest in increasing communication channels with the Port Stephens community, improving Council transparency and delivering valued services and infrastructure to local ratepayers. If you’d like to stay up to date with what Giacomo is doing in our community, you can follow him on Facebook.

Cr Ken Jordan

Ken Jordan
Cr Ken Jordan
841 Hinton Road
Nelson Plains NSW 2324
0422 781 180

Ken is born and raised in Port Stephens' rural West, having grown up on the family farm.

Ken started his working life at the BHP in Newcastle as a Fitter and Turner. At the closure of BHP, Ken undertook a Bachelor of Education in Design Technology from the University of Newcastle and is now a head teacher of technology and applied science at St Peter's Catholic High School Maitland. He has also been a small business operator and primary producer with his own poultry farm.

Ken was first elected to Council in 2004 and in 2017 was re-elected for his third consecutive term. He has served as Deputy Mayor from 2011 to 2012 and is an active member of many community groups. Ken is particularly passionate about creating greater job opportunities for the young people of Port Stephens.

Cr Paul Le Mottee

Paul Le Mottee
Cr Paul Le Mottee
4 Greenwattle Creek Road
Butterwick NSW 2321
0414 548 525

Paul Le Mottee has enjoyed a lifelong association with the Port Stephens region, in family, business and civic life.

Elected to Council in 2012, Paul lives at Butterwick on a small farm with wife Jenny and their two daughters. From his office in Raymond Terrace, he runs a successful surveying, civil engineering and town planning business.

Paul has been involved in a high number of community organisations throughout his adult life, including; President of Williams River Preschool Association, President of Seaham P&C, President, Life Member of Port Stephens Cricket Club and many other positions for various sporting clubs.

A keen scuba diver, he is passionate about our beautiful local waterways and is determined to protect them.