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 attends Mortdale Public School and their newborn son Sam.
Being born and raised in the local area, Mark attended local schools St Joseph’s Oatley and Marist College Penshurst, before studying at Macquarie 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 while fighting against inappropriate overdevelopment.
Since his election, Mark has worked tirelessly to deliver for the local community, including:
· Over $700 million for the redevelopment of St George Hospital, including a new Emergency Department, Acute Services Building, Birthing Unit, Cancer Care Centre, 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, Beverly Hills and Riverwood.
· A $45 million upgrade of Penshurst Public School
· Upgrades and funding for every single school throughout the electorate, with major works completed at Penshurst West Public School and Hurstville Grove Infants 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, the widening of King Georges Road and the new M8 tunnels
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, Penshurst 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 was extremely passionate about.
Following a highly successful 2019 re-election, Mark was promoted to Assistant Speaker in the Legislative Assembly.