Kathryn Ridge has been a Manly Vale resident for over 17 years and her children attend the local primary school. She’s many things to many people: lawyer, mother, and an engaged local who works with not-for-profits, banks and businesses to provide good solutions to hard issues.
Her professional experience includes CEO (Nature Conservation Council of NSW) and Board level experience.
Kathryn is standing because she wants to give the Northern Beaches a real alternative to the major parties. “People are turned off by self interest and the lack-of-action vibe,” she says. “We need to be here to deliver for the residents of the Manly electorate. I have never been a member of any political party other than Residents and Friends of Manly.”
“We have more and more people coming into the area. We need to make sure we invest in more infrastructure, or we’ll end up with real problems. We need an integrated transport plan – as anybody who commutes into the city on a regular basis knows. Whether we travel by bus, car or cycle, a tunnel is only part of the solution and we need to see details and a full feasibility study.”
In the words of the Sydney Morning Herald, “it is a genuine passion for people and their environment that drives both her public and private lives”. (Full story)
As for political experience, Kathy is well versed in parliamentary procedure, having worked as a Policy Advisor to Ian Cohen MLC, and later as the Executive Officer of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. With this background, she knows what it takes to get legislative reform across the table and she knows how to work with politicians on behalf of constituents and interest groups. She has worked directly with all recent local members since Dr Peter Macdonald (1991-1999). “Kathy can work with anybody from any side, she’s apolitical and just focussed on getting the job done,” says Dr Macdonald.
Kathy is an environmental lawyer who has run her own law firm for 11 years and is an advocate for natural resource and cultural policy improvement. She began her career as lawyer with the Hon Mahla Pearlman, Chief Judge of the Land & Environment Court and worked with Phillips Fox and Shaw Reynolds Lawyers.
She has been appointed to several boards, in the government and non-government sector.
Meanwhile in her spare time, she gardens, bushwalks and episodically tries to get fitter!!