Professionals Australia long-term member, Edmond Atalla, is a candidate in the upcoming NSW State Election.
Edmond has been an active member of Professionals Australia and has been an ongoing advocate for increasing the standing of engineering in Government and in the community.
Below is a profile on Edmond.
NOTE: Professionals Australia does not endorse political candidates, but supports members and candidates from all political parties who support the objectives of our organisation.
As a qualified Civil engineer with more than 35 years’ experience, Labor Candidate for Mt Druitt, Edmond Atalla understands firsthand the importance of providing sound infrastructure to local communities.
Edmond strongly believes that good public infrastructure has two key functions – it improves people’s daily lives and it enables neighbourhoods to operate efficiently and effectively.
In an effort to make a positive impact, he is pursuing a career in NSW State politics to stand up for his community and provide residents with a better quality of life.
Born in 1960, Edmond’s family migrated to Australia in 1969 seeking a better future. They settled in Prospect in Western Sydney in 1970 as housing was affordable and the community was welcoming. Although life was initially a struggle for the family, they soon adapted to the Australian way of life.
Edmond attended Prospect Public School and later Grantham High School (Seven Hills) in Western Sydney. In 1980, he was accepted into the University of Wollongong to study for a Bachelor of Engineering degree. During this time, Edmond was also employed as a junior Engineer with Holroyd Municipal Council. In 1988, he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree whilst his family proudly looked on.
Edmond married and moved to the Mt Druitt electorate in 1987 to raise his family. He has two daughters and still proudly lives in the electorate.
In 1989, Edmond was employed as the NSW State Project Engineer with CSR Readymix, where he was responsible for the construction and maintenance of asphalt plants.
The housing boom in the early 1990s saw him obtain his Builder’s licence which he utilised to construct quality housing throughout Western Sydney for a number of years.
In 1993, Edmond returned to Local Government and was employed as a Works Engineer at Liverpool City Council before being promoted to Building Services Manager, City Wide Services Manager in 1997 and Corporate Manager of Operations (head of the Engineering Operations department) in 2000. During this period, he also held various Board positions including Director of the Liverpool Employment Growth Centre; Director of Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Training and Employment Board; Chairperson of a Local Emergency Management Committee; and member of the South West Bush Fire Management Committee.
In 2005, Edmond accepted a senior position with AVJennings as the National Building Systems Manager where he was responsible for the management of the entire organisation’s Systems and Business Processes. He continued in this role until August 2014 to pursue a full-time career in politics.
Edmond first became interested in politics in the late 1980’s when he had the opportunity to witness firsthand the hardship experienced by some people in the community. This defining moment occurred in 1987 when he assisted an elderly gentleman who could not afford to replace his set of dentures after they fell down a Council stormwater drain.
“Thankfully, I was able to retrieve them however his inability to afford another set struck a chord with me,” he said.
“I became acutely aware that people within our community, many of whom we often call friends and neighbours, struggle financially on a daily basis.
“It was at this point that I resolved to help ensure all people would have better access to what I believe are the basic necessities in life.”
Edmond joined the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in 1989 as he was attracted to the principals of Social Justice including access to health and education, employment opportunities, and greater equality in wealth and power.
He was elected to Blacktown City Council in 2004 and held the position of Deputy Mayor in 2006/2007. As a Councillor, Edmond has also served as a delegate on the Floodplain Management Authorities of NSW (2004 – 2008); Chairperson of Council’s Planning and Development Committee (2008-2012); Chairperson of Council’s Historical Committee (2008-2012); and Vice President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) (2009/2010). He is also a registered Justice of the Peace (JP) in NSW.
Over the past 10 years, Edmond has represented the community and made a positive contribution to the local government area.
“I am humbled by the hardships that people endure on a daily basis however I am continually inspired by their optimism and determination,” he said.
“I actively work to improve their standard of living and have a proven track record in standing up for their rights and entitlements, and never giving up until issues are resolved.
“During my time as a Councillor, I am pleased that Council has undertaken a large number of infrastructure projects totalling a staggering $457 million.
“Some examples include the development of Mt Druitt Library and Hub; expansion of AFL and cricket facilities at Blacktown Olympic Park; construction of the Sister Cities Chinese Gardens; development of Emerton Leisure Centre; construction of an outdoor amphitheatre at Rooty Hill; and installation of a new athletics grandstand at Blacktown Olympic Park.”
In August 2014, Edmond was preselected as the Labor candidate to contest the seat of Mt Druitt at the 2015 State Elections.
“If elected on 28 March 2015, I will be a strong advocate for the people of Mt Druitt,” he said.
“Western Sydney has been continually snubbed and I am more than ready to roll up my sleeves and fight for the services and facilities our area richly deserves.”