Mark Coure has been the Member for Oatley since 2011. Mark lives in Penshurst with his wife Adla, a school teacher, raising their son James, who will be starting school next year in the local area.
Being born and raised in the local area, Mark attended local schools St Joseph’s Oatley and Marist College Penshurst, and then studying at University.
Before being the Member for Oatley, Mark ran his own successful small business and served on Kogarah City Council for 8 years, advocating strongly for improved local services and infrastructure and fighting against inappropriate overdevelopment.
Since his election, Mark has worked tirelessly to deliver for the local community, including:
· Over $350 million for the redevelopment of St George Hospital, including a new Emergency Department, Acute Services Building, more nurses and beds, along with an additional 108 car parking spaces.
· Major upgrades to Oatley and Narwee Train Stations and commuter carparks at both Oatley and Beverly Hills.
· The protection of Mortdale Fire Station and $29 million for the rebuilding of Hurstville Police Station.
· Upgrades and funding for every single school throughout the electorate, with major works to begin at both Penshurst Public School and Penshurst West Public School.
· Protection of the Georges River with the establishment of the Dharawal National Park.
· Easing traffic congestion by rebuilding Allawah Bridge, widening the M5 East, along with secured funding for on and off ramps at Belmore Road, and the widening of King Georges Road.
Additionally, Mark is personally involved in many local charity and community groups including Lions clubs, Rotary, Meals on Wheels, AHEPA, CASS, RAIN, Learning Links, CanRevive and 3Bridges, and is supportive of local sporting groups like Forest Rangers, Lugarno FC, Oatley Football Club, Peakhurst West Cricket and the Illawarra Catholic Cricket Club.
In 2015, Mark was appointed as Deputy Whip of the NSW Parliament. In 2016 he was made Chair of the Committee on Environment and Planning and Chair of the Committee on Parliamentary Privilege and Ethics.
In 2017, Mark was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, a position he is extremely passionate about.