Mayors Take On Big Issue

9 December 2019 Magazine

Mayors Take On Big Issue

Last month Lord Mayors and Mayors across the country swapped their robes for fluoro vests as they took to the streets to sell The Big Issue magazine.

The occasion was all part of our annual Mayor Selling event, which teams local mayors with Big Issue vendors to sell magazines and 2020 Calendars. All together 40 Mayors sold 160 magazines and 54 calendars, an incredible achievement!

Mayor Selling helps raise awareness of the importance of local governments in helping vendors connect to the community, and helps vendors reach potential new customers.

Having Mayors sell alongside the vendors helps to break down stereotypes of homelessness and disadvantage, and shows the community that vendors are approachable businesspeople who sell a great product and deserve support.

City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully with vendor Drew.

The Big Issue/Homes for Homes CEO Steven Persson says, “We are grateful that so many councils are committed to supporting and empowering people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage in their community, not only during this event, but all throughout the year”.

Congratulations to all leaders who took time out to sell with our vendors. It’s not easy to stand on the street and sell the magazine, and we appreciate your determination and support. Thanks to the following Mayors and Council staff:


Steve Stefanopolous, City of Stonnington Mayor
Susan Rennie, City of Darebin Mayor
Danae Bolster, City of Yarra Mayor
Sharon Ellis, Blair Baker and Tina Liu, City of Whitehorse Mayor and Councillors
Tim Baxter, City of Port Phillip Deputy Mayor
Samantha Byrne, Moonee Valley City Council Mayor
Sally Capp, City of Melbourne Lord Mayor

New South Wales

Danny Said, Randwick City Council Mayor
Michelle Byrne, The Hills Shire Mayor
Loretta Baker, Maitland City Council Mayor
Mark Greenhill, Blue Mountains City Council Mayor
Angelo Tsirekas, City of Canada Bay Mayor
Paula Masselos, Waverley Council Mayor
Gail Giles-Gidney, Willoughby Council Mayor
Darcy Byrne, Inner West Council Mayor
Phil Bradley, City of Paramatta Councillor
Jess Scully, City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor

South Australia

Dr Heather Holmes-Ross, City of Mitcham Mayor
Sandy Verschoor, City of Adelaide Lord Mayor
Amanda Wilson, City of Holdfast Bay Mayor
Anne Monceaux, City of Burnside Mayor
Tom Scheffler, City of Charles Sturt Deputy Mayor
Michael Hewitson AM, City of Unley Mayor
Glenn Docherty, City of Playford Mayor
Erin Thompson, City of Onkaparinga Mayor
Ann Ferguson, Mount Baker District Council Mayor
Jan-Claire Wisdom, Adelaide Hills Council Mayor
Karen Redman, City of Galwer Mayor
Claire Boan, City of Port Adelaide & Enfield Mayor


Peter Matic, Vicki Howard & Jonathan Sri, City of Brisbane Councillors
Pauline Young & Kristyn Boulton, City of Gold Coast Councillors
Allan Sutherland & Peter Flannery, Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor and Councillor

Australian Capital Territory

Yvette Berry, Deputy Chief Minister

Western Australia

Penny Taylor, City of Subiaco Mayor
Emma Cole, City of Vincent Mayor
Karen Vernon & Anthony Vuleta, Town of Victoria Park Mayor and CEO
Brad Pettitt, City of Fremantle Mayor

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