Councillor Linda Scott is an experienced local government leader who believes that local government holds our nation’s communities together. Scott was elected unopposed as the President of the Australian Local Government Association in November 2020, having been Vice President since November 2018 and a board member since 2017.
Scott has been the President of Local Government NSW since 2017 and has served as a board member since 2015. As President, Scott successfully secured the doubling of library funding for NSW local government libraries, led a state-wide campaign to save recycling and successfully advocated for fairer and more transparent electoral funding laws.
Scott was first elected as a Labor Councillor on the City of Sydney in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. She has served as Deputy Lord Mayor and on the Council’s committees, including the Central Sydney Planning Committee. During her time on the City of Sydney Council, Scott successfully advocated for more affordable housing and green spaces, increased early education and care centres, new skate parks, and boosted city funding for climate change action.
Scott is an accomplished non-executive Board Director and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the Deputy Chair of CareSuper, an industry superannuation fund with nearly $20 billion under management. She serves on a range of NSW Government boards and advisory groups, including the NSW Environmental Trust, the Local Government Ministerial Advisory Group and NSW Smart Places Advisory Committee.
Scott volunteers as a mentor for the University of Sydney Dalyell Program, raises funds for homelessness services in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout and is a Justice of the Peace. She has also appeared on panel shows such as The Drum (ABC), The Project (TEN) and the Paul Murray Program (Sky).
With first class honours in psychology from the University of New South Wales, Scott was a researcher prior to her time in local government. She worked at the University of Sydney and the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. She lives in inner Sydney with her husband and two sons, and loves live music, art, bushwalking and swimming.
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