Dr Brad Pettitt
After four years as a City of Fremantle councillor, Brad was elected as the Mayor in 2009 and re-elected for another term in 2013.
In his time as a councillor, and now as the Mayor of Fremantle, Brad has been a member of and chaired a broad range of working groups and committees including the Urban Development Advisory Committee, Transport Committee, Climate Change Adaptation working group and the City Centre Strategic Sites working group.
With Fremantle having arguably the highest concentration of heritage places of any local government in Western Australia, Dr Pettitt has a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities associated with the ownership and development of our State’s historic places. Brad has given papers and published papers on sustainability and built heritage and heritage and buffer zones.
Until taking up the role of Mayor, Brad was the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University. His research and teaching expertise include climate change, international aid policy, and sustainability planning. Brad continues to be involved at Murdoch on a part-time basis.
Brad has previously worked with Oxfam in Cambodia and with the Australian Government Aid Program, AusAID, in Canberra.
When not working, Brad enjoys Fremantle's coastal lifestyle by riding his bike, drinking coffee and reading the newspapers.
Qualifications and background
- Doctorate in Sustainable Development. Murdoch University 1997 – 2002
- Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours. Murdoch University 1991 - 1995
- Mayor, City of Fremantle 2009 - present
- Driving ambitious program of sustainable urban renewal in Fremantle City Centre
- Established Fremantle Union for collaborative development
- Dean of School of Sustainability, Associate Professor, Sustainable Development Programme Chair, Murdoch University 2005 - 2009
- Councillor, City of Fremantle 2005 - 2009
- Chair of Transport Advisory Committee; Urban Development Advisory Committee; Point Street Redevelopment Committee, and Artworks in Public Places Taskforce
- Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Indonesia, South Asia, and Afghanistan Programs 2003 - 2004
- Oxfam America. Development Facilitator and Advocacy Advisor, Cambodia 2002 - 2003