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Mayor, Robert Bria

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Mayor Robert Bria

BA (Hons), GcertPubSecMgmnt, ACEcD

A life-long resident of the City, my family’s connection to Norwood Payneham & St Peters goes back more than six decades to 1960 when my father lived in Norwood after migrating to Australia from Italy.  

I have been involved in the sporting, business and community life of the City for 39 years. Before entering local government, I played junior and senior football for the Payneham (now Payneham Norwood Union) Football Club, owned a small business in the Glynde Corner and studied at Marden Senior College.

I joined the Council in November 1997 as a Councillor representing Torrens Ward, a position I held until October 2005 when I was first elected mayor in a by-election. I was re-elected mayor in 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022.

I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role of Mayor, having also held a number of senior positions in the Local Government sector, including:

  • Chair, Metropolitan Local Government Group of Mayors and Chief Executive Officers
  • Member, Local Government Association Board 
  • Member, East Waste Board.

I am the current Chair of the Eastern Region Alliance (ERA) of Councils Mayors and Chief Executive Officers Group.

As the current Chair of the Council’s Business and Economic Development Committee and Norwood Parade Precinct Committee, I am passionate about supporting local traders and local jobs, and have initiated a number of economic development projects and initiatives for our city.

In 2015 I received a Commendation from Economic Development Australia (EDA) for Excellence in Economic Development Leadership (Elected Member category).  In 2023 I obtained accreditation from EDA as an Australian Certified Economic Developer. I am also a Member of the Mainstreet SA Committee.

In 2022 I received a 25 Years of Service Award from the Local Government Association of South Australia for services to Local Government.

I hold a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours) Degree from Flinders University, and a Diploma of Government. 

In 2010 I was made an Honorary Member of the Norwood Rotary Club and from 2012-2017 served as Number 1 Ticket Holder of the Norwood Football Club.

I have also served the local community in a number of volunteer roles. From 2013 - 2019 and in 2022 and 2023 I participated in the Adelaide Christmas Pageant as a Pageant Marshal and have participated in almost every Norwood Christmas Pageant during my time on Council. I served the St Joseph’s Memorial School community as a Board Member from 2012 - 2018 and coached football teams at the school from 2017 - 2019. 

I live in Trinity Gardens with my wife, Pina, and our three children; Isabella, Christian and Charlotte. I previously lived in Felixstow and Payneham. 


Robert Bria
M: 0431 754 077

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