Penny has been on Ryde council since 2017, fighting for infrastructure like the Pittwater road shared cycleway; the Putney Park swim site; small business centre upgrades; the Riverwalk extension and campaigned to save Blenheim Park.
Penny initiated Ryde's first Reconciliation Action Plan; child minding; March Against Abuse; Battle of the bands; markets; EV charging; Council ban on single use plastic; street tree planting and with the Labor team planned a new civic building; delivered playgrounds; a multilevel carpark; heritage precincts and protected endangered forest among other projects.
Penny's background is in the arts and has lived in the Lane Cove electorate at East Ryde with husband and sons for 16 years.
She is a long time environmental activist; Climate Council local leader and NSW organiser at the Labor Environment Action Network. Her passion for clean waterways led to 5 years as delegate and 4 as vice chair of the Parramatta River catchment group, working to make the river swimmable again.
Penny represents local government in NSW as a director of local Government NSW and has represented Northern Sydney councils as Vice president of NSROC.
She also sits on the Ryde Hunters hill domestic and family violence committee and is on the board of the NSW Australian Local government women's association - to help get more women elected.
She has been a board director at Northside radio, arts/music presenter for over a decade and is a local government delegate to the NSW Music festival roundtable.