Our Team

We have two part-time co-ordinators:

 

  

 

Louise Connor  

Louise is a coordinator for Progressive Port Phillip and has lived in the City Of Port Phillip for 41 years. Previously, she was the Victorian Secretary of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the union for media, arts and entertainment workers. Most recently she was an associate director for Futureye, a consultancy specialising in risk management and social licence strategies. 

 

Ed Krutsch

Ed is a passionate advocate and activist dedicated to raising the voices of young people. He is currently studying an arts degree at Monash Uni and whilst in high school, he established a Youth Advisory Committee in the City of Port Phillip to provide young people with a voice on local issues. More recently he has been involved in the organisation of the School Strikes 4 Climate rallies and has led grassroots election campaigns with the Greens, the AYCC and other community organisations.

                                                    

They are supported by a core team of people involved in co-ordinating Progressive Port Phillip’s work, organising events, writing articles, producing videos, liaising with community groups and supporters, and working with social media

 

 

Rhonda Small

A local resident since 1981, first in Elwood, then St Kilda. Public health researcher, mother and grandmother; Convenor of Community Alliance of Port Phillip (CAPP), and CAPP rep on the Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN). Former President of St Kilda Park Primary School and Elwood College Councils.

 

John Spierings

A St Kilda and Elwood resident for over 35 years; senior executive experience in Australian philanthropy; former senior policy adviser to The Hon Julia Gillard; former St Kilda Councillor and Mayor. Holds a PhD in Australian business management 1918-1940. 

 

Jack Halliday

Has lived in Port Phillip for over 50 years with his wife Helen– in Middle Park, West St Kilda, St Kilda and Balacalava. They owned Melbourne's original independent bookshop, Cosmos, in Acland St from 1985 to 2005, and Jack formed the first Acland Street Traders Association. Jack has had long involvement in Port Phillip community groups, starting with St Kilda Park Primary School Council and currently Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN).

 

 

Ann Byrne

Ann has lived in the Port Phillip for over 20 years and is a resident of St Kilda. She was attracted to the area not only for its beauty and open spaces but for its commitment to social justice, diversity and the arts. Ann worked in the finance sector and continues to use that experience on a number of Boards. 

 

 

Simon Kosmer

Graphic Designer, bike wanderer, local trader, 25 years in St Kilda, Simon follows a long legacy of social democrats fighting injustice and serving community. An ALP member since school, he has worked with elected members of all levels of government. Simon advocates for benevolent urban design, sustainable transport, saving our tree canopy and making art accessible.

 

 

Krystyna Kynst

Community activist and founding member of Esplanade Alliance (save live music at the Espy) and Unchain St Kilda (overturn the Triangle development). Background in economics (B.Ec (hons), MBA) and a career in corporate communication and public relations. 

 

 

 

Peter Moraitis 

A TAFE and University teacher for many years in Melbourne’s western suburbs. He has taught writing in a range of TAFE courses. His particular interest is in the challenges students who are first in the family face in undertaking tertiary courses. More recently, he has campaigned in Port Phillip on the climate crisis.  He has lived in St Kilda for over thirty years.

 

 

 

Isabelle Oderberg

A former journalist who now works in the not-for-profit sector as a media and communications strategist and has worked with Australian Red Cross, St Kilda Mums and the Council to Homeless Persons. Isabelle's ties to Port Phillip go back to the 1960s when her grandmother ran Monarch Cakes in St Kilda. She lives in Port Phillip with her husband and two children, as does her extended family. 

 

 

 

Bryn Jepson

Bryn has been engaged with the local climate movement for over two years, primarily in the Stop Adani campaign, doing what we can in our community to stop coal mining in the Galilee Basin. Bryn is also a founding member of the Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network, activley helping to encourage the City of Port Phillip to declare a climate emergency and to bring to light the actions we can all take together to create a safer, more sustainable community.

 

 

Bill Garner

Historian, author and playwright. From 2015 until recently he was secretary of local activist group Bring Back Brookes Jetty. He has been a resident of St Kilda for nearly 40 years.

 

 

Brenda Forbath

Grew up in St Kilda when family migrated here in 1950's and have been a local resident since 1982 first in West St Kilda then in Elwood. Worked in teaching, local government and industrial relations. Founding member of the Community Alliance of Port Phillip

 

 

This is a just a few of our core team of commited locals, if you see any of us on the streets of Port Phillip, feel free to stop and ask us about Progressive Port Phillip!

Anyone living or working in the City of Port Phillip can get involved in Progressive Port Phillip by signing up on our website to receive our e-newsletter, volunteer, participate in our events or donate to our community campaign.