Cr Joanne McRae

Deputy Mayor

0437 451 947

Bringing experience in a range of educational settings, and enthusiasm for new challenges, Joanne McRae was elected to Orange City Council in Sept 2016. She is passionate about healthy, informed and engaged communities.

Her priorities include:

  • community consultation
  • inclusion
  • health and wellbeing
  • transparency and accountability.


  • Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and Management (GCULM)
  • Masters of Business Administration (with Distinction) (MBA)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Human Movement & Health Education (Honours) (BEd Hons).
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Work Health and Safety General Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Sustainable Practice in the Workplace

Joanne grew up in Orange, attending local schools and making the most of the varied opportunities on offer. She headed to Sydney to finish her education, and worked in Sydney for 10 years in a range of teaching, research, and education roles.

Returning to Orange in 2002, Joanne was heavily involved in teaching, hockey coaching, rugby union, community volunteering and continuing her studies. In 2011, Joanne moved into the tertiary education setting, building on her understanding of secondary education to focus on transition and engagement initiatives for students at Charles Sturt University. She led a range of projects at CSU and became involved in several national industry projects. She has presented at national and international conferences and delivered international workshops on engagement, transition, and student achievement.

While Joanne spent many years coaching and playing sport at elite levels, injury forced an early retirement, and her focus has been moved to broader community service opportunities. Joanne is an active member of the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak and volunteers her time in a range of other community activities and professional networks.

Joanne is a Volkswagen enthusiast, a fair-weather motorcyclist, a recreational cyclist and kayaker. Orange’s cold Winter weekends are most likely to find her playing mah-jong, doing jigsaw puzzles, or relaxing with a good book.