Cr John Thain has been a Penrith City Councillor since 1999 and was elected Mayor on 26 September to serve a 2 year term, having previously served as Mayor in 2005-06 and Deputy Mayor in 2004-05.
John has lived in North St Marys since 1994 and has been involved with several committees including as Chair and Vice Chair of Hawkesbury River County Council, Chair of Penrith Sports Stadium and a member of the Ripples Board and the North St Marys Neighbourhood Committee. Cr Thain holds electrical qualifications and worked as a Regional Manager, Engineering Automation NSW/ACT.
As Mayor, Cr Thain introduced a Mayoral Charity Ball raising money for the Down Syndrome Association and is committed to helping families and people with a disability. Housing in all its forms affordable, Community, Seniors & Executive are the focus of this Council term.
Cr Thain enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction historical books, loves watching the panthers, wanderers and is a fan of Game of Thrones. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, before migrating to Australia in 1971.
Jeff is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Parramatta Eels.
Robson made his NRL debut for the Manly sea Eagles in 2004 against the Cronulla Sharks. After only making 6 appearances in 4 years with Manly, Robson signed for Paramatta Eels at the start of 2009. He played 61 games over 3 years for the Eels. In 2012 Robson joined the Sharks, settling for 4 years playing 92 games in that time.
While professional footballers are sometimes criticised for having too much time on their hands, nothing could be further from the truth in regards to the veteran half back. Whilst playing for Cronulla, his wife Gabi travelled to and from the city for work, so either side of training sessions, he spent most time looking after daughter Charlotte and taking her to and from her special school. Charlotte is one of more than 120,000 Australians who have been diagnosed with autism. She’s in the minority, because only 20 per cent are females.
Robson joined the New Zealand Warriors for the 2016 season.[ The flexibility offered by the Warriors has made the decision to move away from his family easier. Wife Gabi and their three-year-old daughter Charlotte will remain in Sydney while Robson will split his time between the two countries. A very personal journey, Jeff is committed to raising awareness of Autism and explaining the importance of support to all those he encounters. Not unlike Luke Priddis himself, every opportunity should be taken to use your own profile to advocate for those in need and in our case – ASD is a part life