Meet the candidates – Part 2

Today, from a number of sources we give you Part 2 of information on candidates, often from different teams , running in the 4 December elections for the Coffs Harbour City Council.

Nikki Williams – Together We’ll Fix It Candidate.

This is a link to an interview Moffee of TripleM Coffs Coast did with Nikki on why she is running for Council.

Click here to listen;

Donna Pike – Independent for Mayor/Council

I hold NO personal agendas for wanting to be a councillor either financial or business related.

I purely want to help my community and preserve and improve everyone’s lifestyles in this beautiful region.- I have received NOT a cent in party affiliations for this election.

ALL 100% of monies are coming out of my OWN POCKET.

Donna Pike – Independent

I hold a Cert 4 in leadership and management.- I was on the committee for Moonee Mites playgroup when my children were young.- I have built three houses (two we physically owner-built).-

I have worked for two local real estate agencies, helping people buy and sell their homes.- I have completed a Cert 4 as a Civil Celebrant. Performed many hundreds of local weddings, baby naming’s and I have even sadly performed a few funerals.

I have been a JP for over 10years.

I have lived here for over 35years and my hubby is a Local musician TIM PIKE who is from a third generation local farming family.-

I have worked as a secretary for Southern Cross Uni school of Business.

I won the Coffs Harbour Environment Award for recycling from the Mayor Bernie Malouf.

I was awarded the (friends of the gardens), volunteers award for running the gardens Mothers Day Concerts, building them up so much, they had to move the event to a larger space further down the back of the gardens, as the front section didn’t cater for the huge crowds.-

I was one of the Coffs Harbour Hostesses for the First Fleet reenactment. –

I have worked in serveral pharmacies. –

I have run several modelling/casting agencies DUJOHN, Whitehouse Modelling School & The Models own Co-Op. teaching hundreds of local adults and children in modelling, casting, hair, make-up, etiquette and interview skills.

My students won Dolly Magazine, were finalists running against Miranda Kerr in Port Macquarie and we held on location photographic theme shoots, with Bob Weeks photography and some studio shots also with Bruce Thomas photography.

I ran a 100 model and 10 set themed fashion show (in what was the old Catholic Club), with Miss Australia flying up to Coffs Harbour as a special guest. –

I worked as an aged support worker (back when that worked was labelled under Home Care NSW,), working in Bellingen, Repton and Mylestom areas. –

I was a trainer for the old CES Commonwealth Employment Centre. (Training the long-term unemployed, employment skills).-

I created the Coffs Harbour Community Support, Low-Income & Recycling Initiative (which has benevolent institution status) and via this group, we saved tonnes of local bulky goods and clothing from ending up in landfill. Instead they were given to families in need &/or to the woman refuge.

And I personally handed out homeless back packs full of clothes and personal items to local homeless individuals.Women’s and children’s help bags, were also given to the neighbourhood centre.

My group saved the Orphans Xmas Events as they were going to fold, by adding them to our registered group as a sub committee and gaining Bunnings BBQ’s to raise money for the insurance.

I also spent my Xmas day working at the Orphans Xmas event as the MC & I cooked food and my husband Tim Pike (soloist musician) also performed for free.

I was also one of the original people who protested at the Look-at-Me-Now headland site, many, many years ago at Emerald Beach (which resulted in stopping effluent pipeline from going directly out to the Emerald headland).

As a result of those efforts, we protected the very fragile and endangered starfish and ecosystem and has now allowed us, to benefit from a wonderful Marine Science Centre, where people to from all over the world come to study this amazing coastline! – I also love to cook, (winning a few ribbons at the Coffs Show) in the past years.

I completed a fashion technology certificate years ago and I still like to occasionally sew.- I am also currently building my own solid rock front fence, (so you might say that stone masonry is somewhat of another hobby!)

Luke Hartsuyker from the George Cecato’s First Team.

Here Luke speaks to Moffee from TripleM too.

Luke Hartsuyker

Click here to listen;

This is the how to vote card for the Coffs Coast First Team (Cr Cecato- Mayoral candidate)

Julie Sechi – Moose for Mayor Team

Julie Sechi has joined Paul Amos and Team Moose with the vision of representing the opinions, visions, and dreams of the people she has had the joy of knowing over her many years living on the Coffs Coast.

Julie Sechi

Where you might know Julie from;

Julie has lived here for over 30 years and has had a variety of roles where communication has been the central focus of her position.

This has including roles in recent years connecting with local businesses through LocalSearch, teaching at TAFE and working to establish the Plantations over 55’s lifestyle village North of Coffs.

Julie has had a lot of involvement in local sports through her 3 boys Joshua (22), Ethan(20) and Flynn (16) and many locals would also know her husband who is Peter Sechi (the wonderful photographer who has helped with our photos).

Her parents John and Maree Hood live in the region and own a local IT business in town.

You can find out more about Moose and his team here;


Carolyn (‘Caz’) Heise – Sally Townley Independent Team

Carolyn Heise BN, RN, PGDip Public Health (Leadership), MBA

Hello! My name is Carolyn Heise, but most people know me as Caz.

I am well known in the local community as a leader in health and social services. I have worked in Coffs Harbour as the Director of Nursing and Midwifery of Coffs Harbour Hospital, Nurse Manager of the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute and Manager of Coffs Harbour Mission Australia Services.

I am a Registered Nurse and hold additional post-graduate qualifications in Public Health and a Master of Business Administration.

In 2019 while working as the Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Coffs Harbour Hospital, I was diagnosed with advanced cancer. As such, I have a unique perspective on being both a patient and a provider of local services.

I am now grateful for my good health and am working to give back to the Coffs Coast community – I am currently appointed as a Director on the Board of The Cancer Council of NSW and practice in Coffs Harbour as a Corporate Coach.

I am a mother of 2 young adults (aged 25 and 21 years) who both graduated from Bishop Druitt College and live in Coffs Harbour with my wife (Jacinta).

I have the energy, understanding and commitment to give what is required to be a strong community representative.

I am running for council because I believe in:

  • planning for sustainable growth that prioritises socio-economic diversity and recognises the importance of factoring in resilience to climate change;creating vibrant neighborhoods that are safe and convenient for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • promoting broad civic engagement through measures that increase the transparency, accountability, effectiveness, and the responsiveness of our council;protecting the environment while creating new public open spaces;
  • fostering a culture of volunteerism and connecting residents with opportunities to serve in the community

Brigit McKenzie – Sally Townley Independent Team

Hi, I’m Brigit Mackenzie and I am standing as a candidate on Sally Townley’s team.

I have an adult daughter with a disability.

Having supported her in getting access to a range of support services, I understand the difference that proper support can make in people’s lives.

I was involved in the NDIS rollout, attending the leadership program and being a presenter at several north coast towns and cities. I have experience in governance and am currently the Secretary of Pacific Bay Resort Strata.

I’m excited about Russell Crowe’s proposal for a film studio here on the Coffs Coast.

I am a passionate supporter of arts and culture and believe that art in all its forms enriches our lives, both as individuals and as a community.

I look forward to meeting with you all and hope to hear your thoughts on how disability access can be improved in our area.


2 thoughts on “Meet the candidates – Part 2

  1. Brigit McKenzie…Sally Townley INDECENT Team.

    Really? Falling about laughing here.

    No votes for someone who can’t even pick up on such typos.

    Editor: Hi Catherine, to be fair that inaccurate sub-headline probably happened either through a hack or because of my rushed editing. The problem was at this end. It has now been fixed.

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