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Mayor, Robert Bria

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Robert Bria Headshot 2018

Mayor Robert Bria

BA (Hons), GcertPubSecMgmnt

My family’s connection to the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters goes back six decades to 1960 when my father lived in Norwood after migrating to Australia from Italy.

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.

My passion for, and loyalty to our city has seen my involvement in the sporting, business and community life of Norwood Payneham & St Peters span 35 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.

I was first elected Mayor in a bi-election in October 2005 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.

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. I am currently employed at SA Health.

Outside of work and my Mayoral duties, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and watching my beloved Norwood Redlegs, where I was the Number 1 Ticket Holder from 2012 - 2017. In 2010 I was made an Honorary Member of the Norwood Rotary Club.

Since 2013, I have participated in the City Christmas Pageant as a Pageant Marshall and have also participated in almost every Norwood Christmas Pageant during my time on Council. 

I am an active member of St Joseph’s Memorial School community where I was a member of the Board from 2012-2018. I have regularly organised ‘Footy Nights’ and ‘Bowls Nights’ for the fathers and male caregivers of students, assisted with the school’s fundraising events and from 2017 - 2019, coached football teams at the school.



Robert Bria
4 Annesley Avenue
Trinity Gardens SA 5068

M: 0431 754 077