Your Local Delegate

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Brett Peters

Vice President

Why did you become involved in the union? I became involved because I enjoy new challenges, keeping my workmates informed and representing them when needed. I also enjoy listening to the drivers’ ideas and opinions and keeping their union moving forward.

What are your hobbies and interests? When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my partner and our kids and catching up with friends, having BBQs, going out to watch live music and spending days at the beach surfing.

Where do you live and why do you like it? I live in Shortland (Newcastle) and enjoy living there because my house is surrounded by bushland. It’s in a very quiet area which is great to unwind after work but it is also only a short drive to the beach, city and work.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why? I would like to have dinner with Dick Smith. His passion for supporting Australian-made products and all his adventures would make for an interesting conversation.

You can contact Brett on vicepres@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

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Bruce Eddy

Randwick Depot

Why did you become involved in the union? I got involved in the union on the back of the 2002 wage claim, I felt the infamous 9% + 9%+ 9% wage claim could have been handled with more leadership. The message at the time from the members was that they were being railroaded and I felt the only way to make a difference was to become involved. It’s a long road this one and the Union has a lot of battles ahead.

What are your hobbies and interests? I have an interest in a couple of race horses which have proven great fun but nothing too serious. I also enjoy fishing, but with this job, getting the time is a little tough.

Where do you live and why do you like it? I live on the beautiful south coast. The family settled the region and hopefully one day soon I’ll return permanently.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why? I’d need a good comic so I’d invite Billy Connolly.

You can contact Bruce on randwick@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

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Mark Delohery

Burwood Depot

Why did you become involved in the union?
 I was talked into getting involved by the exec at the time, and I’ve never looked back. I like fighting for peoples’ rights and I want to make sure that no one is bullied or harassed at work.

What are your hobbies and interests?
 I like building racecars and racing with my son. I also like sci fi movies.

Where do you live and why do you like it? I grew up in Maroubra but moved to St Marys 34 years ago. It’s almost in the country, if you drive for five minutes you’re in the scrub. I’d never move back to the city.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 I’d like to have dinner with my cousin, Miranda Kerr. A lot of people don’t believe that she’s my cousin but my mother was a Kerr and is her aunty.

You can contact Mark on burwood@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

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Kelly Budden

Hamilton Depot

Why did you become involved in the union?
 I wanted to try and make a difference and to help protect and maintain member’s rights and conditions at work.

What are your hobbies and interests?
 Socialising, music, art and humanism.

Where do you live and why do you like it? I live in Shortland. It has everything, shopping centres, beaches – why would you leave?

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 Billy Bragg, my hero.

You can contact Kelly on hamilton@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

David Macdonald

Mona Vale Depot

“I love the challenge of driving a big vehicle. I’m in total control and I’m good at it. I’ve been driving buses for nearly 25 years now and that time has gone in the blink of an eye.

You get passengers in good moods and bad moods. I always tend to treat people as I want to be treated, and everyone seems to understand that it’s not your fault when the bus is late. You’re getting them to where they need to go.

One day when I was driving I saw a bloke attempting to tip a woman and her stroller with a baby inside into the oncoming traffic. She was running along the side of the road and screaming for help. I was able to pull over and lift the stroller over the bar and into the bus. I’ll never forget that day and I was so happy I was in a position to help.

That’s also why I’m in the union. I’ve got kids and I would want someone else to step in in that situation. It’s important that people look out for one another.”

You can contact David on monavale@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

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Ashish Sarker

Tempe Depot

Why did you become involved in the union?
 The union is constantly challenged to maintain and improve our working conditions. Via communication and unity we are stronger, hence my favourite slogan is “Let’s work together to make it better!”

What are your hobbies and interests?
 In my spare time I like to try new foods (extra chilli please!) with friends and watch and participate in sports.

Where do you live and why do you like it? 
I live in the Hills District of Sydney it’s close to restaurants and parks.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 Candlelight dinner with my lovely wife. I would go to dinner with my wife and daughter before anyone else dead or alive.

You can contact Ash on tempe@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

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Peter Gretch

North Sydney

Why did you become involved in the union?
 When I started at STA my son had just been born, and I didn’t think the work environment was so family friendly. I thought I could help improve this for workers. I also try to make sure the rosters are fair.

What are your hobbies and interests?
 I’ve got an old fibro shack that I’m working on. I also like spending time with my two kids.

Where do you live and why do you like it? 
I moved to Woy Woy on the Central Coast 16 years ago. I like it for the quietness and peace.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 I’d like to have roast dinner with my Mum, who passed away a few years ago.

You can contact Peter on northsydney@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

Ian Mcpherson

Ian McPherson

Ryde

Why did you become involved in the union?
 I’ve always been a supporter of the union movement and after being on the “outside”, looking “in”, I decided it was time to get involved.

What are your hobbies and interests?
 I like to make sure that my lounge chair is still comfortable, my TV is still working and that the beer is at the correct temperature for drinking.

Where do you live and why do you like it? 
I live at Ryde, which I like because it’s very close to the Depot.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 Well, if invitations are going out, then I’d like to have dinner with Mark Delahey’s cousin, Miranda Kerr, as well. Probably for different reasons though.

You can contact Ian on ryde@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

David Grant

Belmont

Why did you become involved in the union?
 I started helping out and found I enjoyed it and really liked helping my workmates.

What are your hobbies and interests?
 I play a fair bit of golf and I like all sorts of sports. I also like travelling and next year I have 15 weeks off so I am planning to travel around Australia in a caravan.

Where do you live and why do you like it? I live in Lake Macquarie and I enjoy the country lifestyle. It’s laid back and it’s not too far from the wineries.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 I’d have dinner with Greg Norman. He’s a boyhood idol and I’d ask him what made him get so far in all those tournaments.

You can contact David on belmont@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

Andy West

Willoughby

Why did you become involved in the union?
 I’ve always enjoyed working with people and helping others. I see being part of the union as an extension of that.

What are your hobbies and interests?
 I collect first editions of books. I love literature, the spoken and written word – before working as a bus driver I was a copywriter.

Where do you live and why do you like it? I’ve recently moved to the Blue Mountains from the inner west, where I had lived for around 30 years. I’m really enjoying the ‘tree change’ and the lifestyle.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 Gough Whitlam and Neville Wran – so I can ask them what it was like to come into office and make sweeping changes.

You can contact Andy on willoughby@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

Leon Barnard

Leichhardt

Why did you become involved in the union?
 I want to strengthen the position of our members and get positive outcomes. I want to see workers unite to overcome the forces against them.

What are your hobbies and interests?
 I like watching Rugby League and spending any spare time I have doing renovations.

Where do you live and why do you like it? I live in Padstow, in South West Sydney. I’m a westie at heart. It’s not too far from work but has a nice country atmosphere.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 I’d have dinner with Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones. I’d like to hear about the history of the band and his personal path to success.

You can contact Leon on leichhardt@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

Ed Robinson

Brookvale

Why did you become involved in the union?
 I’ve always been a unionist. The industrial relations environment is getting more draconian every day and I want to stand by the guys I work with.

What are your hobbies and interests?
 Fishing! I’ve just bought a boat with my son in law so I can go out fishing with my four grandkids. I also follow Manchester United.

Where do you live and why do you like it? I live in Freshwater. It’s a fantastic place, 10 minutes from the beach. I can be at a boat ramp in 20 minutes!

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 I love having dinner with my four grandkids, two daughters and their spouses. It’s great fun. I’d also have Manchester United’s George Best come along. He was a great bloke.

You can contact Ed on brookvale@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

William Lekkas

Kingsgrove

Why did you become involved in the union?
 I’ve got a passion for people’s rights. I come from a Greek background and big greek families debate and argue about everything!

What are your hobbies and interests?
 I used to have hobbies – now I have two boys! But I really love being a dad. They are very sporty boys and I enjoy taking them to football, wrestling, cricket and austag.

Where do you live and why do you like it? Punchbowl. I love the area and enjoy the multicultural feel, the food, the people – it’s just about God’s country!

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 My wife and kids. I’d also invite Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese poet who wrote ‘The Prophet’. His work is a hundred years old but still so relevant.

You can contact William on kingsgrove@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

Mina Choi

Pyrmont

Why did you become involved in the union?
I wanted to have a go at making a difference in the workplace. I’ve been working on the light rail for 13 years now – when I first started I was young and didn’t know much about unions at all. But after I was approached by the delegate at the time I realised how important the union is, and I have since taken a relief delegate position and as of February this year I took over the delegate’s position.

What do you like most about your job?

I’ve spent the past eight years as a tram driver and prior to that I was a conductor for five years. I really like driving trams. I love seeing all the kiddies and their parents as I pull up to the station. When the kids wave to me and I wave back their smiles brighten up my day! I also like being out and about and on the road.

Describe your perfect day off?

I’d have my perfect day off nowhere near work. I’d either go to my friend’s horse paddocks, take my three dogs for a walk or go bushwalking. I’d be surrounded by animals and in nature – that’s the perfect day off for me.

You can contact Mina on pyrmont@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au

Peter Tsapepas

Waverley

Why did you become involved in the union?
 I was elected at the end of 2014 and I got involved to defend the rights of the workers.

What are your hobbies and interests?
  I pretend that I surf, I love to ski, swim in the ocean and go to the gym.

Where do you live and why do you like it? I live close to the city and close to the beach and like it for those reasons.

Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
 Nelson Mandela – he went through a lot and I’d like to ask him what kept him going.

You can contact Peter on waverley@rtbu-nswbus.asn.au