Mayor, Robert Bria

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Robert BriaMayor Robert Bria

BA (Hons), GcertPubSecMgmnt

My family’s connection to the City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters goes back to 1960 when my father settled in Norwood after migrating to Australia. 

As a small child I grew up in Payneham before moving to Felixstow where I lived for the next 39 years.

I currently live in Trinity Gardens with my wife, Pina, who is a Mary MacKillop College old scholar and our children: Isabella, Christian and Charlotte who attend St Joseph’s Memorial School (Kensington and Norwood).

My passion for our city has seen my involvement in the sporting, business and community life of our city span more than 30 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 was first elected as a Councillor representing Torrens Ward in 1997 and was re-elected to that position in 2000 and 2003. During this time I served on the Felixstow Neighbourhood Watch.

In October 2005 I was elected mayor in a bi-election and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

During my time as mayor, I have held a number of senior positions in the Local Government sector, including:

  • East Waste Board Member (2006-2009)
  • Chair, Metropolitan Local Government Group (2008)
  • Chair, Eastern Region Alliance (ERA) of Councils Mayors and Chief Executive Officers Group (2010 and 2018)
  • Local Government Association Board Member (2009 -10 and 2013 - 2018).

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours) Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Flinders University, where I previously worked as a part-time tutor in the Department of American Studies. I am currently employed at Multicultural SA, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

Outside of work and my mayoral duties, I enjoy reading, spending time with my young family and watching my beloved Norwood Redlegs, where I was the Number 1 Ticket Holder from 2012 - 2018. In 2010 I was made an Honorary Member of the Norwood Rotary Club.

I am also very active in the activities of St Joseph’s Memorial School where I was a member of the board from 2012-2018. In addition to this role I have organised ‘Footy Nights’ and ‘Bowls Night’ for the fathers of students, assisted with the school’s fundraising events and in 2017 coached the SJMS Year 4/5 football team.



Robert Bria
4 Annesley Avenue
Trinity Gardens SA 5068

M: 0431 754 077