"We need selflessness in an age of dissonance and divisiveness. We need someone who can unify people..." Jeff McMullen
A strong, genuinely independent woman, Susan Moylan-Coombs, has a powerful unifying talent that could bring great benefit to the Warringah community as a whole.
With political change in the air, she understands that Warringah needs an articulate and positive voice with a true understanding of the community’s priorities and how they fit into a national agenda. She is more progressive and hopeful than any of her political rivals because she does not carry the baggage of conflicts that go with party allegiance.
The biggest issues of our time including Climate Change, damage to our coastline and river systems, the loss of species and stresses on the wellbeing of our society on many fronts, are all in her realm of experience.
Her broad understanding of Australian issues was developed during several decades as a journalist and storyteller, managing program teams in executive positions at the ABC and SBS/NITV.
Susan’s deep community engagement is more impressive than any other Warringah candidate as this has taken her into so many areas of the electorate’s wellbeing. She has made contributions to education, women’s health, mental health and senior’s health. She knows all of Warringah’s neighbourhoods well and so many people who are the doers in this community.
Personally, I love Susan Moylan-Coomb’s idea to position a Museum of Humanity on Federal Point, west of Manly wharf, where the unique timelines of the human story in this beautiful area and in Australia as a whole can be celebrated and shared with the world.
This is the unifying approach that Susan brought while developing over so many years the area’s celebration of its cultural history. She could also play a significant national role, improving the channel of communication between the Federal Parliament and all the cultures that make up the most diverse society on earth.
A strong First Nations woman, educated in a family that served the nation selflessly over several generations, Susan lives and breathes the principles of community service, honesty and dignity.
Dr Jeff McMullen AM Journalist, Author & Filmmaker
I have been a colleague of Susan for over two decades working with her professionally and watching her work within the broader northern suburbs community, not just Indigenous. Susan has worked tirelessly on issues such as mental heath and social well-being. Susan's track record has been one of reconciliation and development of youth and the ageing population. Having raised two small children on her own in the local area she is well aware of the issues compounding the slow to negative development of the local human economy. This involves health, housing, education, employment and infrastructure. The local area is choking from poor heritage planning and decades of neglect on infrastructure spending alienating the young families who cannot get ahead within the local community. Susan stands for independence, for the community, not a party or a closet liberal as other 'declared' independents are. She is, under any scrutiny, a true independent.
Professor Dennis Foley Gai-mariagal Traditional Owner, Custodian Elder
I have known Susan for 10 years as a colleague working to improve physical, emotional and social well-being in our community.
It is very significant that she is standing for the Federal seat of Warringah as she will bring a unique perspective to the issues facing our culture.
She has an abundance of experience in healthcare, business and the media, all so relevant to ethical government. But what makes Susan's election so important is that she brings life experience, connection and a dynamic relationship with Aboriginal culture to Parliament. She has the skills to translate the essence of 80,000 years of Elder wisdom into relevance for Australia today.
The health of our neighbourhoods nationwide will benefit from Susan's leadership and teachings...if we listen and learn, and vote for her.
Dr Stephen Ginsborg GP on the Northern Beaches for 40 years
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment are delighted to know that Susan Moylan-Coombs is running as an Independent for Warringah in the upcoming elections. We have appreciated her support for our organisation over the years and for our mission, which is to protect the remaining bushland in the catchment of Narrabeen Lagoon for both its Aboriginal heritage and its environmental values. We hope that her new involvement in the political arena will give us all opportunities towards further cultural understanding and also to assist with protecting natural bushland, such as that within the catchment of Narrabeen Lagoon.
I have known Susan Moylan Coombs for almost two decades in both a personal and professional capacity. I have travelled all around Australia, and internationally with her and I have been fortunate to have experienced her integrity and passion for people and her team building everywhere she goes. In both television and production events I'm in constant awe of how she orchestrates and inspires people and creates harmony through always finding the right fit in people and knowing deeply who they are. Susan has a magnetic and selfless knack in being able to identify and nurture skills and bring the best out in people and their abilities.
Tim Moriarty, Cinematographer
I have worked with Susan Moylan Coombs to facilitate community events in the Northern Beaches. I have found her to be a down to earth human being and a very approachable and flexible soul with excellent communication skills. She is a person of integrity, very much connected to the roots of her Indigenous culture and spirituality. With her unique life experience she, I would say, is very much branched out in the sphere of the core values of Australian Democratic Society. This combination of strong roots and well spread branches means Susan, in my view, will prove to be a great representative for Warringah.
Susan is a strong, passionate woman dedicated to empowering others to be at their best. She relates authentically to a diverse range of people, bringing them together to achieve amazing results.
Robyn Law, Local business owner and sponsor of Newport Surf Club
I first met Susan when she was a young mother caring for her family. Since then I have seen her working in many roles, but always speaking up for education, the environment and for those in need and especially Aboriginal people. It is wonderful to see another assertive Aboriginal woman speaking up for the concerns of all in our community.
Dr Conny Harris, Oxford Falls
Susan Moylan-Coombs has what it takes to be the face and the voice for the people of Warringah. I have had both the pleasure and the privilege of working with Susan on numerous projects and am in awe of her ability to achieve without fanfare, without fuss and without stress. Her calm demeanor sets her apart and her ability to communicate with all members of our community is extraordinary. As a First Nations woman and a member of the Stolen Generation, Susan tells her story with pride and without prejudice. She is a true ambassador for reconciliation. I have witnessed Susan delivering her empowering messages, to children of all ages and to older members of our community. Her audiences are genuinely spellbound by her words.
The people of Warringah are progressive and keen for change. Susan is able to deliver that change whilst respecting the differing views that are inherent in all communities. As a believer in climate change and passionate about preserving the local environment, Susan is determined to ensure that our children do not bear the brunt of our actions today. With a background in journalism as Executive Producer of ABC’s Indigenous Programs Unit and Head of Production at NITV, Susan is no stranger to story-telling or facilitating communication to bring individuals and communities together. The people of Warringah want inclusivity, not division. Susan has a proven track record in this space. Her other interests and passions are improving mental health and well-being and youth empowerment.
In a professional capacity Susan has worked with Local and State Governments as the principal author of the Northern Sydney Aboriginal Social Plan 2007-2011 and within the human services sector, specifically in mental health. Susan was also employed as the first First Australian Wellbeing Consultant within the Sydney North Shore and Beaches Partners in Recovery Initiative (SNSBPIR). It’s time for change Warringah. Let’s embrace what makes us all Australian and unite for the sake of our health, our mental-wellbeing, for our environment, our future and for intergenerational equity. I have no doubt that Susan can make this happen.
Melanie Tyas Sydney North Area – Middle Head NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
'Susan Moylan-Coombs is one of the key wisdom custodians of our times. A woman of integrity, vision, she is committed to truth, wisdom, service and walking the path of servant leader intersynergising potent pillars of our collective society. An aunty to a number of us next generation of servant leaders, she has honed her knowledge of cultural lore with decades of service. It has been both an honour & blessing to get to know her over time.
It is time for the continual rise of frontier leaders who are deeply rooted in timeless wisdoms of earth, dynamic culture and what is needed during our collective times of transformations in the 21st century. Susan Moylan-Coombs has my vote and would be an honourable representative of Warringah & beyond.’
Kana Leya CEO, Global Impact Group Global Women Leaders Purpose Ventures
Formerly awarded NSW Premier’s Award for Community Service
Maja Dalby Ball, Warringah resident, 16 years of age.