“I support the principles of the Kyneton Town Cooperative and their vision for the Kyneton Primary School site. I believe that the process by which board members are selected, through sortition, represents a revival of community-based governance and true democratic process.“
Mark Halloran was born in the old Kyneton Hospital in 1977 and raised on a sheep and cattle farm on the outskirts of the township. He left school when he was 17 years old and worked first as a roustabout and then as a shearer. He returned to study as an adult and has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (BBSc) Honours and a Ph.D in biochemistry which explores cellular trafficking dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He has worked as a research scientist for the Australian School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University, Sydney, and has had his research published in several high ranking international scientific journals. He currently lives in Malmsbury and works as a provisional psychologist in community health. He is also co-host and interviewer for the 94.9 MAINFM radio show and podcast Deep Trouble where he aims to create long-form conversations with public figures, scientists and philosophers which explore the complexity of the world and the human condition, and encourage his audience to think critically and engage in deep listening.