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Our Councillor Candidates:

Patrick McGinlay

Patrick McGinlay

Our lead Candidate for Councillor is Pat McGinlay, he will also be seeking the Mayoral position for the Shire and brings some unique experience to support his campaign.


In the field of learning and development, Pat has not only worked as a manager in the ACT Government, but also ran his own successful business for several years. He had many years’ experience with the Federal Government, including 5 years with the Australian National Audit Office as a Performance Auditor of federal government departments and agencies. 


More recently, he was a Divisional Manager with Eurobodalla Council, with responsibilities for 7 years, for the Human Resources and WHS functions. Pat’s Council experience gives him a deeper understanding of the current Council bureaucracy and its internal decision making dynamics, which will benefit all the Councillors, himself included.


In terms of education, he has Bachelor Degree from the Australian National University, including a major in Political Science. 

Margaret Perger

Margaret Perger has worked for both the ACT and Federal Governments in an administrative capacity and in Community organisations both as a paid worker and as a volunteer. 


Margaret has a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and has taught at Wollongong TAFE.  She has more than 20 years of learning and teaching Communication and Leadership in Toastmasters International including achieving their highest award, Distinguished Toastmaster. 


Margaret’s community activities have been such that within 8 years of moving full time to the shire she was presented with the Shire Senior Citizen of the Year Award.  Now in her 16th year as a resident of the shire she continues that level of community support.

Will Douglas

Will Douglas has been a Shire resident for 18 years, and works as a high school teacher in Science, Maths and English.  He has also worked for the University of Sydney (research) and QANTAS Airways (international travel) and has recently done consultancy work in aviation education. 


Will holds a Masters Degree in Science in the field of marine ecology, as well as two teaching diplomas.  A keen conservationist, Will does volunteer work in weed control and bush regeneration and last year started Burra Creek Landcare. 


Will lives on a small farm to the west of Moruya in a passive solar house of his own design.  He is married with two sons at University and two daughters in public education. He is passionate about protection of the environment through education and community mobilization, and equally so about closing the gap in education and opportunity for indigenous Australians.

Laura Hawkins

Laura Hawkins is a young keen animal welfare enthusiast, who is passionate about sustainability and environmental protection. Laura is currently working towards a Bachelor Degree in Business whilst working at a local Truss plant in Moruya.


Having only been in the Shire for a short 3 years, she has helped co-ordinate local national events in the community such as Clean up Australia Day and a People’s Climate March, along with participating in events to raise awareness for animal welfare and environmental protection.

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