For over 25 years Angela Vithoulkas has forged a successful career in public and corporate life as an award-winning business owner, radio broadcaster, media commentator and Independent Councillor for the City of Sydney.
In 2012 Angela became the first Australian Greek woman to be elected to the City of Sydney, an achievement formally recognised by the European Council.
A City Council for All
Angela’s commitment to representing the interests of the community is reflected through her ongoing support and acknowledgement of the diverse needs of residents, youth, not-for-profit and community groups, business owners and visitors to the Sydney CBD and surrounding villages and suburbs.
She was elected recently as Deputy Chairperson of the City of Sydney Economic Development and Business Sub-Committee. This will see her responsibilities extend to encompass a wide variety of issues including economic development and strategy, global city relationships, trade and marketing, small business, village economies, tourism and more.
An Advocate for Smarter Ways of Doing Things
Throughout her time on Council, Angela has advocated for the use of smart technologies to improve the way that local government engages with the community through improved public service provision and by streamlining the way that constituents access information.
She is committed to policies that make internal Council processes more transparent, improving access to support services and the use of technology to enable productive connections between different members within the community, and between the community and the Council.
A Business Minded Approach
Angela is recognised as one of Sydney’s leading female entrepreneurs, with awards including; City of Sydney Business of the Year, Café of The Year, NSW Entrepreneur of the Year and 2007 Telstra Women’s Awards Business Owner of the Year.
Angela’s extensive career as a small business owner equips her with an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities that are an integral part of small business ownership. Since 2010 she has given hundreds of small business owners the opportunity to talk about their businesses and share their knowledge through the Eagle Waves Radio network, which she established, broadcast and managed for its first four years.
Angela is proud of her many successes on Council, which include
- Advocating for a more open, transparent and expertly managed Small Business grants process to ensure that grants and sponsorships are managed fairly
- Pushing for audio descriptions on Council’s digital platforms to ensure that information is available to all
- Proposing plans to extend support from local government to business chambers and associations
- Protecting and maintaining artistic and cultural assets including updating and adding to the Sydney Writer’s Walk and protecting the Mitchell Library Reading Room
- Advocating for changes to the under 25s driving test to include instructions regarding driving and interacting with bicycle traffic
- Proposing the digitisation of Development Proposal Site Notices using QR codes so that residents and stakeholders can review detailed plans via a mobile device
- Recognising the valuable contribution made by State Emergency Services during the 2015 storms and requesting that the State Government ensure adequate resources are provided for their voluntary efforts
- Proposing a mobile application to link retail owners with young people seeking work to address the ongoing issue of youth unemployment in Sydney City Council
In 2015, Angela formed a new party for Sydney called Sydney Matters.
Under the banner of this fresh new independent party, she has built a diverse and skilled team of candidates to contest the 2016 Council elections and support her bid to become Lord Mayor of Sydney.