Andrew McCutcheon, Australia


Andrew is a SisterWorks board member

  • Deputy Chairman

 

Andrew gained an Architecture degree from Melbourne University in 1954, and also studied Theology at Queens College. He has had a varied career, working with the church in the inner area of Collingwood for 10 years in the 1960's. He and Vivienne lived in the Housing Commission flats, and 3 of their 4 children spent their early years there. He now has 6 grandchildren, 3 having university degrees.

Andrew has always been interested in social housing issues, and was the initial worker establishing the Fitzroy Collingwood Rental Housing Association. He became a Collingwood Councillor in 1965 and developed an interest in public policy around strategic urban planning, and extending the public transport system to balance the dependence on cars, affordable housing,and community development.

Andrew has had roles organising the Tenants Committee on the North Richmond High Rise estate, been Chairman of National Shelter, was elected as Chairman of the Central and Western Committee of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. In 1982 he was elected to the State seat of St Kilda. and represented that electorate until 1992, when the seat was redistributed. He held a number of Ministerial Portfolios in the Cain and Kirner Governments, including Ethnic Affairs, Attorney General, Housing and Planning. In the two decades since 1992 he has been involved in the wine industry on the Mornington Peninsula, and more recently was a member of an Advisory Committee on Elders (PACE) to the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.