The Hon Gareth James Ward MP is a member of the New South Wales Legislative AssemblyrepresentingKiamafor theLiberal Party of Australiasince2011. Elected to Shoalhaven City Council at age 22 in 2004, Gareth is the youngest-ever Councillor to serve on Shoalhaven City Council which he did until 2012.In 2011, Gareth became the first Liberal Member for the State Seat of Kiama. In May 2011, Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly the Hon Shelley Hancock MP appointed Gareth an Acting Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly. Gareth sits on the Joint Standing Committee for Electoral Matters and has also been a Member for the Legislative Review Committee.
Born with Oculocutaneous Albinism, Gareth has been legally blind since birth. Growing up in the Illawarra, Gareth attended local schools before graduating from the University of Wollongong where he established the University of Wollongong Liberal Club. He also served in several positions on the NSW Young Liberal State Executive and as a director of the NSW Liberal Party on its State Executive.
Gareth has a keen interest in music and was a weekend student at the Conservatorium of Music, studying violin. He completed several grades through the Australian Music Examinations Board and lead a Jazz Band ‘Rusty Fence’ whilst studying at University.