City of Sydney Liberal councilor Christine Forster has announced that she will not run in the by-elections for the upcoming local elections.
Cr Forster, sister of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, took to social media to reveal that she would resign from the council to focus on her full-time job as media adviser to oil company Woodside Energy.
“I have had the privilege of meeting people from all walks of life who share my passion for our city and my commitment to striving to make it the best place in the world to live, work and visit,” Cr Forster said Wednesday morning.
“It has been wonderful to be able to support, encourage and facilitate their ideas and projects along with my own vision for Sydney.”
Cr Forster, who has been councilor since 2012, told Herald she had a “very demanding job” which she would focus entirely on after the end of her term of office in the City of Sydney.
“I work for one of Australia’s largest resource companies and I have to put my full attention on it,” she said.
“I have been on the council for nine years. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I have made a significant contribution. I think I have been the only consistent vote for opposition to the mayor. For me personally, it’s time to move on. ”
Her announcement came a day after independent Kerryn Phelps launched her campaign to run for mayor and pitted the Double Bay GP against former Allied-turned-political rival Clover Moore, who has also confirmed his bid to secure a historic fifth. period at the helm. by the Council.