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|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Lake Macquarie
24 March 2007
|Preceded by||Jeff Hunter|
31 August 1957 |
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
Gregory Michael Piper (born 31 August 1957 in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales), an Australian politician, is the independent member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Lake Macquarie since 2007. Piper also served as Mayor of City of Lake Macquarie between 2004 and 2012, prior to the enactment of the Local Government Amendment (Members of Parliament) Act, 2012 (NSW) preventing dual membership of state parliament and local council.
Early years and background
Piper grew up in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Kahibah. He has three children and one granddaughter. He now lives on the Morisset Peninsula in Mirrabooka, near the Westlakes suburb of Morisset, with his wife Lyn.
Piper was first elected to the City of Lake Macquarie Council in 1991 as an independent councillor and served as deputy mayor through 2000. He sat on and chaired numerous council and state government committees. Piper held the position of chair of the Lake Macquarie Estuary Management Committee and the Lake Macquarie Project Management Committee since the establishment of each. He also served on Hunter Waste Management and Planning Board for a number of years including a period as chair. He was directly elected as the mayor of Lake Macquarie in March 2004 and again in September 2008, where he received 60% of the first-preference vote.
Piper was elected as the member for Lake Macquarie at the 2007 general election. Piper has sat on the Legislative Assembly's Broadband Committee and currently is a member of the Natural Resources Committee (Climate Change).
According to his web site he is "left leaning, socially progressive, fiscally cautious, pragmatic, swinging voter; and staunchly Independent."
- "Mr (Greg) Gregory Michael Piper, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
- "2008 Lake Macquarie City Council election results". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 12 February 2010.[dead link]
- "Why independent". Greg Piper. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Lake Macquarie