City of Armadale 2017 local government election candidates

City of Armadale 2017 local government election candidates

Below are the background profiles of candidates for this local government authority. Candidates running in the election authorised and provided their background profiles to Community Newspaper Group for publication. Candidate contact details are included in each profile.

Heron

Name: Louise O’Reilly
Phone: 0407 423 340
Email: louiseoreilly.shieldandconch@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Kelmscott

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me: 
Our community is important to me. I’ve always been motivated to serve community and nurture environment. Hello. I’m Louise O’Reilly, I’m a mum, a wife, and a home owner here in Kelmscott, where my husband and I raise our two children and run a small business. Previously, this motivation was fulfilled by working for youth protection, education, and empowerment-based programs, including tutoring, youth work, statewide community event coordination, overseeing training programs, and influencing cultural legislation change. I’ve revelled in working for community funded programs and not-for-profit organisations focused on empowerment and decreasing anti-social behaviour. I’ve also worked for environmental state government departments where I got the chance to learn more about my Aboriginal heritage. Today, I volunteer for a locally run, community kindergarten and in our downtime, our family is learning to practice environmentally sustainable methods in our home including growing our own fruits and vegetables.

Why I’m running for council: 
Our community is extremely important to me. Kelmscott is where my husband and I have chosen to buy our home, run our small family business and raise our two beautiful children. We want our children to be part of a wonderfully functioning and thriving community. I believe active contribution is an essential element of a healthy culture. Nominating myself for the local council (Heron Ward), is just one of the ways that I can do this. Even from a young age, I’ve been motivated to serve the community. I am not affiliated with any political party, my only affiliation is with people; doing what’s right and in the best interest of the people, with no political strings attached.
Creating a sense of belonging in a safe and accepting environment while supporting Armadale’s growth is what I’m striving for. Serving my community isn’t a career choice, it’s my purpose.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Support a safer and more family friendly community through a multifaceted wholistic approach which includes upgrading parks, roads like Denny Ave and other community facilities.
  • Encourage and support the empowerment of youth and vulnerable community members by means of community programs, services, facilities, events and more.
  • Boost local economy growth in Armadale by supporting small business development and visibility within the community.

 

Name: Donna Shaw
Ward: Heron
Phone: 0430529723
Email: donna_shaw2710@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Camillo

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
I’m 27 years old, and have been the ward Councillor for Heron since 2009. I was born and raised in Armadale, and have been part of numerous clubs and groups within the community over the years.
I have worked as a Town Planner for the City of Rockingham since 2007 and completed my degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2010 . I also chair the Development Services Committee at Armadale. I really enjoy working for Local Government and being part of the process that builds strong communities. I believe I am a professional and honest person (probably too blunt sometimes!), and also easy to talk to and open minded. I like to take in all sides of an argument before making a decision. In my spare time I like going out and having fun with my friends, walking the dog with my dad and playing any sport on offer.

Why I’m running for council:
I want to continue to improve the lifestyles of residents within my community by improving the amenity of our area and providing more community infrastructure. I believe I am influential in the decision making process and can be an effective voice for the Heron Ward when deliberating Council decisions. I enjoy working with residents in achieving outcomes to benefit the community as a whole and would like to continue to represent the needs of the community. I would like the opportunity to see through projects to completion, such as the indoor aquatic centre and the Armadale Strategic Metropolitan Centre Structure Plan. In general, I enjoy being an advocate for the needs of the Heron Ward and seek to continue working for the community to the best of my ability.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Provide new community infrastructure
  • Road upgrades to stop congestion
  • Community safety

Hills

Name: Zaneta Giumelli
Ward : Hills
Phone: 0474 192 058
Email: zanetagiumelli22@gmail.com
Suburb of Residence: Bedfordale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
I emigrated to Australia from Europe as a child with my parents with all our belongings neatly packed into two cases and the dream of a new and better beginning. I am proud to be part of our community that has given me the life I hoped and dreamed for. I live in our Hills and work locally and interact daily with the community and recognise that change and development is needed to enhance our hills lifestyle.

Why I’m running for council:
The City of Armadale’s strategic plan must meet the city’s rapid expansion for future economic and local employment growth. The sinking of the rail line between Armadale road and Armadale train station will connect our community with the Armadale CBD to reinvigorate our City. The upcoming Justice Precinct is an opportunity for Armadale to attract university faculties in Law and Human Services to bring local business and jobs to our community while educating our future leaders. Tourism is vital to our Hills economy, short stay accommodation, wine, cider and retail produce is an untapped market. We have potential to reinvigorate and further develop our hills by successfully marketing our unique lifestyle and produce. The passion and, vision I have is the driving force for the aspirational aims and goals for the betterment for our City of Armadale. This is how our community will move forward and what needs to happen.

My top priorities:

  • Revitalise the Armadale CBD
  • Development of commercial and light industry to create local employment
  • A safe and secure Armadale

 

Name: Patricia Hart (did not respond)

Name: Caroline Wielinga (did not respond)

 

Lake

Name: Carole Frost
Phone: 0401 119 749
Email: carole.frost@westnet.com.au
Suburb of residence: Piara Waters

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
My family and I have lived Western Australian for many years and in Piara Waters since the development began over 10 years ago and are actively involved in local schools and sports.  My background is in management, with a strong emphasis on human resources, service delivery, budgeting and financial accountability.  I also have experience in town planning, lobbying, and community service.  I am on many committees for Council reflecting my interests, including Disability and Inclusion Reference Group, and the History Reference Group. I am currently Deputy Chair of the Technical Services Committee, member of the Community Services Committee, and Chair of the Audit Committee. I also attend meetings of the City Strategy and Development Services. Lake Ward has grown so fast that the need for community facilities is important, I am committed to our community and have worked to progress residents views in addressing these needs and services.

Why I’m running for council:
I stood for Council four years ago to have an active say in the development of our new area, I felt that it was growing with a need for more direction. I am proud to say I have had the opportunity to have major input into how our Ward is developing.  In the last four years we have seen the opening of the Harrisdale Shopping centre, the Piara Waters and Harrisdale pavilions and ovals, and the sod turning for the Piara Waters South pavilion and Oval. I’m proud to have been a part of the development of these new facilities. My background in management and financial planning has been put to good use in developing budgets, assessing financial statements and drawing up the Council’s corporate and community plans.  I am still committed to our community and feel it is important to have stability as we go into the future.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Continuing best practice financial management with a view to reducing rates again for the second year in a row
  • Meeting  residents needs with community facilities and resources
  • Providing residents with a strong independent voice

 

Name: Naresh Shah
Ward: Lake
Phone: 0468844660
Email: nareshforlake@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Piara Waters

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Yes, Australian Labor Party.

About me:
I came to Australia as an immigrant 11 years ago and have embraced this country’s culture, opportunities and quality of life. The community has given me so much and now I feel it is my time to give back. My wife Jennifer and I live in Piara Waters. I am a mortgage broker by profession with background of banking and finance and a Masters degree of Accounting from MIT (Melbourne). Jennifer is a registered nurse at Fiona Stanley hospital. We  absolutely love living in Piara Waters with our golden retriever Oliver. I play indoor soccer, badminton and love swimming. Why I am running for council – basically my passion for community and the urge to give back to the community. I call Perth home and have embraced the culture of this lovely country. I am thankful to the opportunities this country has given me. Living locally I would like to ensure that the communities best interest is being protected. Also, it makes me more aware of the issues we are facing as rate payers. I also feel responsible towards the community I live in and want to raise my kids in.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Rates – Residents of Lake Ward are paying far too much in rates! I will advocate for rate-lowering initiatives such as rate concessions for high GRV properties.
  • Dog Park – The community is crying out for a local dedicated park for our fur babies.
  • Better bus services – I am committed to advocating for more frequent bus services and routes that fulfill current need – This will in turn slow down traffic around Armadale road and Nicholson road, making our community safer

 

Name: Agha Shahzad Pervez (did not respond)

Name: Sam Virk (did not respond)

 

Minnawarra

Name: Luke Tressler
Ward contested: Minnawarra
Phone: 0408 642 339
Email: luke.tressler@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Armadale

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I’m 33, married and a proud father of an 8 month old baby girl.  I have a passion for bringing people from a diverse range of backgrounds together to work on community projects.  As part of my work in local government I liaised with different teams within the organization as well with community groups, government and non-government agencies to deliver a variety of projects.  These projects included youth programs such as battle of the bands and standup comedy workshops, delivering community facilities such as sporting fields and community centres, and planning for the future provision of facilities and services in some of the fastest growing areas in the State. I have recently started up my own business and have supported my wife with her own business.   It has been very challenging starting up my own business but I have enjoyed every moment in pursuing my passion.

Why I’m running for council: 
While I enjoy running my own business I would still like to be involved in the community.  Particularly by bringing people together to develop community projects.  I have seen significant growth in the Armadale area in the last 10 years and know all too well the challenges involved in providing facilities, services and programs in a rapidly growing area.  One of the best ways I can do this is by joining Council.  Having had years of experience in local government, working with many different teams within the administration and having engaged with numerous community groups, government and non-government agencies and funding bodies,  I believe that I can make a valuable contribution to Council and the community.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • engage with government departments, government and non-government agencies, businesses and other groups to share resources and improves service provision to the community
  • develop policies which supports encourage economic growth
  • develop policies which supports and encourage cultural development

 

Name: Gary smith
Ward: Minnawarra
Phone: 040124749
Email: garysmithminnawarra@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Armadale

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I feel privileged to  live and work in the City of Armadale and the Minnawarra ward for nearly 30 years. I starting working in Armadale in 1988 then built in the area and have been a business owner since 1992. I am a local employer and committed partner of our local tourism with The Manse Restaurant. I have been a proud and loyal supporter of many local business, sporting groups, charities and community groups such as Dale Cottages, Business Armadale, Intensive Care Foundation, Armadale Rotary, Volunteer Fire Bridges  and Armadale RSL to name a few.

Why I’m running for council:
I am running for council because I have been part of the community for nearly 30 years. I hear about many residents’ concerns about the area. My main focus will be listening to these concerns, ideas and views and be a voice for the people of Minnawarra Ward and the City of Armadale. A vote for me will allow us to be part of the decision making processes within the City of Armadale.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Suitable development
  • Safety of the community
  • Facilities and Services

 

Name: Steven Secker
Ward: Minnawarra
Phone: 043 005 2502
Email: steven@stevensecker.com
Suburb of residence: Armadale

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I was born in the UK, migrating to Perth with family, and have tertiary qualifications in science, meteorology, teaching and divinity. For nearly 20 years in the Commonwealth public service, and 10 with Australia’s first private meteorology company, I provided specialist services for the offshore oil industry. I also spent three-and-a-half years with the Education Department, mostly teaching in country schools. My education background includes grammar, State (primary and secondary) and Montessori schools, home-schooling, distance education and cultural exchange programmes. I was a producer and presenter for 6UVS-FM for eight years, and ran my own photography business in Fremantle for 10 years. In March I was an independent candidate in the State election. I have been treasurer of several organisations, including negotiating for government funding, and always improving their financial position. My wife, son, daughter and I have lived in the Minnawarra ward for the last six years.

Why I’m running for council:
I bring a wealth of experience from government and private sector employment, including management and staff training, as well as financial competence through my various roles. I continue to lobby, from outside Council, for a long-term solution to problems such as Denny Avenue, for improved road safety, and for effective treatment of the drug problem. My education background and experience, my work with people who have disabilities, my personal concern for pensioners and those struggling financially, and my highly trained analytical and critical thinking skills will all be an advantage for Armadale. For businesses in the centre of Armadale I would like to see improved security, and I would like to improve support for home education families, and encourage participation in cultural exchange programmes. My understanding of issues for small businesses will be an asset in building economic strength in the area.

My top three priorities if elected:
• A long-term solution to problems like Denny Avenue
• Improved security in the central business district
• Improved provision of services for pensioners and others with financial stress

 

Name: Emma Flynn
Ward: Minnawarra
Phone: 0479 169 139
Email: emma.flynn@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Camillo

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
I was born and raised in Armadale and work in the city centre. This has allowed me to experience first-hand the issues facing the residents of Minnawarra. I currently hold degrees’ in social sciences and criminology and hope to utilise these to work with both the Council and local police to improve safety and lower the rate of crime in the area. Despite my youth, I value the heritage and history Armadale possesses and seek to preserve it. I would also appreciate the opportunity to work with local businesses to promote Armadale to a wider population through events and exposure. I would like the chance to represent the residents of Armadale and be a strong and effective Councillor.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe I have the knowledge and passion to begin to tackle the issue of crime in Armadale. The relatively high crime rates in the area affect not only those who live in Armadale, but also the way in which Armadale is portrayed in the media. I believe that addressing the issue of safety would benefit both residents, and the overall image of the city. I want to be able to represent the people of Armadale, voicing both their ideas and their concerns while improving the city.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Tackle the issue of safety for all residents
  • Improve the perception of Armadale in the media
  • Market Armadale businesses and attractions to a wider audience.

 

Name: Robert Lipowiec
Ward: Minnawarra
Email: Robert.lipowiec@gmail.com
Suburb of residence : Armadale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
I have worked in many different roles from driving taxis, working as a welder, working in a supermarket, working as a mechanical engineer. I currently work for a sub-contractor to a utilities company. I have lived in Armadale for the past 6 years and think it’s a great place to live.

Why I’m running for council:
With so many other great candidates to choose from, it’s a great question! I decided to run for council as I hate politics! I think people should work together and aim for the best possible outcome not vote based on hidden agendas. I believe I am great at implementing ideas and working with people to achieve outcomes. Listening to the radio, I have heard of some councils loosing focus on the core roles of local government and not listening to rate payers. This is what I would like to prevent from happening in our great city. I don’t like breaking promises so I won’t be making any grand promises. Good luck to all the nominees!

 

Name: Jay Elliott
Ward: Minnawarra
Phone: 0401 521 045
Emailjayelliott4884@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Haynes

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Australian Labor Party

About me: 
I was raised on our family farm in Forrestdale before moving south, returning 6 years ago to raise my family in the City of Armadale. My wonderful partner Robbie, and I have 5 beautiful children, who remind us every day how important it is to strive to better our communities and futures. Many aspects of what we do as a family relies on community services and facilities that are provided in the great community that we reside in. The value of these services and facilities can never be underestimated; without them, our vibrancy as a community does not exist.

Why I’m running for council:
Having a background in Finance, with experience in both Federal and State Government, I have seen firsthand the value of community representation as paramount to ensure our City remains vibrant and exciting. I value the notion of giving back to the community, having volunteered in many organisations, for many causes and would like to see these groups further supported and enhanced into the future. I believe in honest, transparent leadership, and I want to ensure that our Council continues to look at opportunities to support families, job seekers, seniors and youth.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Provide transparency, accountability and high standards within local Government.
  • Support developments and works within our City that not only supports future growth, but enhance our heritage.
  • Increase community involvement in decision making and encourage residents to share their ideas with myself.

 

Name: Simon Dawkins
Ward: Minnawarra
Phone: 0412563388
Email: simon.da@bigpond.net.au
Suburb of residence: Claremont and Wungong

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
I have been connected with Armadale for over 50 years, including living on the family farm in Forrestdale through to renovating an old cottage and establishing a small vineyard in the hills with my wife and family over the past 20 years. I have worked in education, the arts, government, and managed an environmental services company and a farmer group. I have been the CEO of two major city arts centres (Canberra and Perth) both with strong links to local government. I have experience as a director on several boards, currently the Oil Mallee Association, TEDxPerth (as chair), Tura New Music and the UWA Senate. I also served on the Bungendore Park Management Committee for many years. With my strong interest in economics, community development and urban and regional planning, I have the skills to play an active role in the Minnawarra Ward and on the Armadale City Council.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe Armadale needs a strong team of councillors with experience in government, community and private sectors to guide economic and community development strategies. The City has a unique location and heritage which can play a larger role in building high profile community activities and community spirit. The City of Armadale needs to work effectively with other levels of government, business and the community to develop industrial, employment, education, recreation and cultural opportunities to ensure a bright future for the City. Building on the current Economic Development and Advocacy strategies, the Council needs to lead efforts to bring benefits to all parts of the Armadale local government area. I have noticed that the older industrial and retail precincts need attention and the Council needs to ensure it is doing all it can in planning, security and activity generation for the people of Armadale, especially young people and seniors.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Education, cultural and employment opportunities
  • Excellence in urban and regional planning
  • Security, safety and community pride

 

 

Palomino

 

Name: Colin Cambell (did not respond)

 

Ranford

Name: Peter Shanavas
Ward: Ranford
Phone: 0411209089
Email: peter.shanavas@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Hilbert

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Yes, Australian Labor Party.

About me:
I have over 17 years of experience in mechanical engineering and I understand the true value of service and what it is to be like an integral part of a community. I’m honoured to serve in the local Red-cross and Salvation Army -organizations which reflects the true sense of brother hood we need in our community along with Armadale-Gosnells Land groups and local sports and community clubs. We, as a community can do better than what we have been doing in the past few years. I believe, by applying a fresh set of eyes who knows the community better, can be the part of that solution. My vision to enable a safer environment for young families like mine, to provide for the most needy in the society, to support local businesses and utilize tax-payer resources to its best value that it reflects in reduced rates using innovative ideas, is exactly what we need.

Why I’m running for council:
I have always believed in contributing to my local community to my fullest capacity using my strong community links. I am an active volunteer in the local Red Cross and Salvation Army as a part of that principle.
I will be honored to be your voice in the council so I can represent and defend the needs of the struggling families of Armadale. I understand these issues first hand as a family man who lives in Hilbert with my lovely wife and son.
I realize the first point of impact in council’s spending and tax collection decisions effect the most vulnerable amongst our community and prudent channeling of resources is the key.
I will advocate for making us feel safer, revitalizing local businesses and education, greener environment and most importantly, stand for the weakest amongst us.
Vote for me- I can help steer us to a better, progressive, safer Armadale.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Reduce the burden on ratepayer – Lower council rates by re-structuring into a more efficient utilisation of council resources.
  • Better accessibility to public transport and safer neighbourhood with more CCTV and Police patrolling.
  • Fight for struggling local businesses, listen to them and help in any way I can to keep their doors open.

 

Name: Keyur Kamdar
Ward contested (if applicable): Ranford
Phone: 0412660331
Email: keyur.kamdar@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Harrisdale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
I am married and have one child. I own a small business owner and organise small and big community events, I am a observer and have high administrative skills.

Why I’m running for council:
Our remarkable multicultural and diverse community is expanding rapidly and we need to ensure it continues to thrive. I will bring a fresh voice to Armadale Council and work hard to represent you.
My priorities for our local area:
– Rate lowering initiatives
– Advocating for more frequent buses
– More amenities in our ward – A library and recreation facilities
– Initiatives to stop junk dumping
– More parking options around homes
– Better road markings to improve safety
I am keen to hear from you about any other council-related issues you have.
As a small business owner and community event organiser, I will use my experience and skills to achieve practical and sustainable outcomes for ratepayers.
I humbly ask for your support and vote.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • More amenities in our ward – A library and recreation facilities
  • Better road markings to improve safety
  • Rate lowering initiatives

 

Name: Jeff Munn
Ward: Ranford
Phone: 0418 958 493
Email: jeff@celebrantwedding.com
Suburb of residence: Harrisdale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
Margaret and I have been happily married for 54 years. We came to Australia from Wales in December 1971 with our two daughters, and lived in West Armadale, Seville Grove and Harrisdale. We have both been involved in community life for all of that time. I have served on the committees of Armadale Recreation Advancement Committee, The Fundraising Committee for the first Armadale Aquatic Centre, City of Armadale Soccer Club ( A Life Member Football West) President Amateur Soccer Referees Association, President of the Marriage Celebrants Association, Founding President of the Armadale Table Tennis Club,. I was a City Councillor for over 30 years and have served on all Council Committees. I have also served as Deputy Mayor of Armadale for 14 years. Margaret was secretary of the Armadale Tennis Club for a number of years.

Why I’m running for council:
There is an urgent need to alleviate the very high rates residents are paying in the new rapidly growing localities, I am running to improve this unfair impost.
1.One way is to get an external audit to review the way council spends our money. There has been no review for over 15 years, so Council compares its budget procedure with other councils, who tend to work out how much they want and rate to get it. It is comparing like with like, not with best business practice.
2. Many areas are paying a special area rate (SARS) to pay for better parks, but surely the higher rates pays for this difference. SARS must be revoked.??
3. The Council must review its future plans and costs to fit in with what the community can afford.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To get an external view of councils financial and working system, to reorganize, or change departments or staff where necessary to run more economically.
  •  Withdraw the Special Area Rate system. (SARS). Surely our higher rate base for Ranford and Lake Wards pays for the better service for the parks and garden.
  • Reduce spending. If resident are struggling financially, having difficulty in paying their mortgages, how can council keep spending?

 

Name: Nicholle Harris (did not respond)

Name: Jasmine Piipponen (did not repond)

Name: Tyson Elder (did not respond)

 

River

Name: Laurie Scidone
Ward: River
Phone: 0419929367
Email: scidonel@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Roleystone

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
Married to Fiona with four adult children. For the first 11 years of married life Clifton Hills was our home. Our children attended Clifton Hills Primary School for their primary schooling. Since then I have been involved with the school as President of the P & C. In 2004-2005 I was the driver for building the purpose-built canteen on site. I was invited to join School Council to transition that body to a School Board, which culminated in writing the Board’s code of conduct. That association continues to this day. Three years’ ago I was invited to sit on the School Board at John Wollaston Anglican Community School, serving last year as its chair. Our major achievement last year was re-setting the school’s strategic direction. I remain active within the community as a driving force to establishing both a Men’s community shed and a Community Garden for Roleystone.

Why I’m running for council:
It has been said, that if you are not part of the problem, you should be part of the solution. I want to be involved in developing solutions to problems facing our community, whether that is community safety, assisting start up community groups getting established; achieving regional activity centre status for Armadale and Kelmscott or becoming a tourist destination of choice. I have served on council previously. With my current community engagements coming to fruition, I am seeking to continue that community engagement by serving on council once again with renewed passion and vigour. My extensive network to business professionals and varying trades provides me with access to unbiased advice and knowledge which will be utilised to garner best outcome solutions to decisions facing council. The point of difference to representation on Council for the River ward is me. I endeavour to listen, to lead and to achieve.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Community safety and amenity
  • Improve Kelmscott town centre
  • Reform the current rating system

 

Name: Ruth Butterfield (did not respond)