City of Bayswater 2017 local government election candidates

City of Bayswater 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.

Central

Name: Barry McKenna
Ward: Central Ward
Phone: 0400131088
Email: barry.mckenna1@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Morley

Are you a member of a political party: Labor Party

About me:
In 2017, I seek to be elected as your Local Government Councillor for the Central Ward. I was born, educated and grew up in the City of Bayswater, and I have lived in Morley, with my wife Marie and my 3 children since 1986. I am a secondary school teacher, teaching mainly in the areas of History and Humanities and Social Sciences. I am proud to be Chairman of the Bayswater and Noranda Community Bank. My experience in Local government began in 1991 as a Councillor for Central Ward. I have also served as Deputy Mayor, and since 2015 as Mayor. It was an honour to have been made a Freeman of the City in 2011. In each of these roles, I have tried to enhance the Garden City Concept and make decisions which create a safe, quality lifestyle for residents.

Why I’m running for council:
As a Councillor, I believe I have the experience and passion to make our City thrive.
I have seen the City of Bayswater become a vibrant locality and embrace the diversity of our residents. I uphold the value of Community and the use of our facilities to bring families and friends together.
I believe in maintaining high quality services such as our Waste Management System, Security Patrols and Aged Care facilities.
I will continue to make decisions at Council, based on the views of residents and my knowledge of Local Government regulations. The well-being of residents is always a priority.
I will promote the proper development of the Morley Business precinct.
I have the experience, passion and integrity to be a representative who is will be committed to protecting the great things that the City offers, and, one who strives to continually improve the quality of services.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Continue our Debt Free status with minimal rate increases.
  • Enhance the Garden City and Quality Lifestyle Concept with initiatives such as the Tree Canopy, Verge Gardens and Community Events programmes.
  • Provide a transparent Local Government.

 

Name: Steven Ostaszewskyj
Ward: Central
Phone: 0411 144 724
Email: info@stevenosta.com
Suburb of residence: Bayswater

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I am motivated and passionate, a qualified teacher, small business operator and a pianist. With experience as a pilot, I communicate thoughtfully, respectfully and with integrity. I am ready to listen to you and communicate with you. I will provide sound leadership on issues that are important to you, your family and for the prosperity of everyone within the City of Bayswater.

Why I’m running for council:
We deserve a Council that listens to the voices of all ratepayers and residents. I promise to always keep you at the front of my mind. I listen carefully and being respectful is a natural part of who I am. I’ve been a proud resident of our City since 1983 and see how we are growing into a diverse and global community. Looking forward, rates need to be controlled and wasteful spending stopped. Hubs centred around arts, culture, sport and innovation can give industrial areas life again. We can create interesting areas in our neighbourhoods for people to work, rest and play. I will back projects that keep our streets and homes safe and environmental activities that green our suburbs will be supported. I am informed, modern and keen to help. I’m ready to serve you.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Controlling rising rates and stopping wasteful spending
  • Breathing life into industrial areas with The Arts, Sport, Culture and Innovation, creating interesting areas for people to work, rest and play
  • Making our streets, homes and neighbourhoods safe again through passive and active surveillance

 

North

 

Name: Michelle Sutherland
Ward contested: North
Phone:  0406 819 629
Email:  baysie17@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Noranda

Are you a member of a political party: Did not respond

About me:
I am a City of Bayswater resident living in Noranda. I grew up in Karrinyup and spent time in rural W.A. I am a Geography high school teacher and have taught in many schools across the state in both the state and private sector, I feel blessed that teaching has given me a great career and given me the opportunity to travel and work around this great state.  I have also run a small business in the past. I have travelled extensively and lived in Europe in the late 1980s.  Travelling has made me more international in my thinking. My biggest passions would have to be sports and music. I love watching soccer, AFL and cricket. I currently play bowls and tennis. Being a member of sports clubs has given me an appreciation of the issues faced by clubs in the City of Bayswater.

Why I’m running for council:
For the last four years, I have been privileged to have been a councillor for the North Ward. In that time, I have tried to enhance the liveability of the City of Bayswater by seeing the implementation of a City Community Arts Program to enhance our public buildings, the promotion of extra lighting on our sporting ovals so there is more participation for a variety of sports. Put forward a motion to introduce beehives in public places in the City.

For the next four years, I want to continue to work for the residents of Bayswater. As a member of several sporting clubs, I am committed to maintaining and enhancing local sporting facilities, especially for juniors. Good sporting facilities and quality open space are vital for the wellbeing of the community. We need a common-sense approach to verge trees in Noranda and Morley. These trees need to be maintained and suitable trees need to be planted. 

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Ensuring that future rate rises are kept to a minimum and no more than CPI. The current rate rise of 4.9% was unacceptable
  • Maintain and improve the recreational facilities in Noranda & Morley –  including to promote Lightening Swamp as a unique bushland by increasing signage.
  • Continue to improve the security patrols in the Noranda and Morley area.

 

Name: Stephanie Gray
Ward: North
Phone: 0456 484 283
Email: stephgray.northward@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Noranda

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

About me: My partner Rob and I have lived in for Noranda 22 years, and have three young adult children; Megan, Ashleigh, Ryan… along with assorted pets. Our family are keen campers and enjoy exploring our beautiful countryside when the opportunities arise. I have been a primary school teacher for over 30 years and am currently fortunate enough to be in a part time role at school. In my time teaching at local schools, I have enjoyed working with local families, many of whom I still see today. I have been actively involved in volunteering at Noranda Hawks Junior Football Club, Little Athletics, Noranda Uniting Church and many community and family groups.

Why I’m running for council:
I love living in our community and enjoy the many benefits we share in the City of Bayswater. I strongly believe we need fresh, new, local representation, who will listen to the concerns of local residents and speak up at Council. Noranda/Morley is facing significant change over the coming years and we need to have positive local input. I feel particularly strongly about creating a more pedestrian-friendly, vibrant and connected environment in the centre of Noranda, linking our sporting and recreation areas to the business and shopping precinct with a wise use of council resources. Representing our community is a big commitment. I have the time and energy to give representing you my full attention. I care passionately about the local community and will be a strong, fresh voice for all of us.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Provide and maintain a better range of facilities and services, for families, through to seniors, including our beautiful green spaces and sporting facilities
  • Maintain security patrols
  • Manage traffic issues and the impacts of NorthLink

 

 

Name: Ben Reale-Cornel
Ward: North
Phone: 0433 058 771
Email: ben.realecornel@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Bedford

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Yes, the Liberal Party

About me:
I am a first generation Australian, born and raised in the local area to migrant parents. My strong work ethic stems from the shining example my family exhibited as I was growing up. Most of my life I have lived in and around the local area – going to the local Primary School and High School. I attained my double degree in Education and Drama and was the Head Boy at Hampton SHS in 2006. Soon after graduating, I then served as Chairman of the School Council and Vice-President of the P&C Committee. With a number of years in commercial sales and five years working within the highest levels of Government, I understands the meaning of hard work and knows how to ‘get the job done’.

Why I’m running for council:
I have chosen to run for council because I believe that while the City of Bayswater is not a bad council, it has lost its way and could be better. I have the passion and energy, and believe more can be done for the future of this City and for the ratepayers of this community. While out doorknocking, the main concern residents have raised with me is just how out of touch some councillors are. The rate rise being the highest in the State at 4.95% has proven just how out of step with community expectations some councillors are. I believe the community comes first and will fight to make the community safer for our families, fight against unnecessary rate increases, and fight to make sure ratepayers money is spent wisely. I will always fight to lower the cost of living burden and will oppose irresponsible rate increases.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • I will fight against unnecessary and irresponsible rate rises. The cost of living continues to increase for residents and excessive rate increases are just another financial burden that hurts families. The City needs to start listening to their residents and ratepayers’ money needs to be spent more wisely. If this was done, the rate increase would not need to be over double the State average.
  • I will fight for an enclosed ‘Dog Hub’ to create a safe and secure gated exercise park for the over 5,500 registered dogs in the City of Bayswater. While doorknocking, many dog owners have told me how much they would like to see a fully enclosed dog park in the City of Bayswater. Currently residents in the North Ward need to travel to Whiteman Park to use those facilities and that is why I will fight for this Dog Hub in our City.
  • I will fight for increased security patrols to ensure our families remain safe. Residents have constantly raised with me the lack of security cars. They never see them, even in areas which they call crime hot spots. This needs to change and I will fight to see the security patrol increased because even if you feel safe, you could always be safer!

 

 

Name: Filomena Piffaretti
Ward: North
Phone: 0421 105 945
Email: filomena@northward.net.au
Suburb of residence: Noranda

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Did not respond.

About me:
Noranda is where I was born and raised and where I have chosen to raise my family. I was a student at Camboon Primary School and spent most of my weekends playing Netball and doing Little Athletics with the local sporting clubs. Now as a mother, I get to watch my three children growing up in the community that I love and we enjoy spending time together playing sport and having picnics in the many parks around our home.
Being deeply invested in my local community, I have made it a priority to volunteer in various community groups including the Camboon Primary School Board and the Noranda Activation Network. My professional expertise is in public sector governance and policy development which I have acquired during my 12 years experience working across WA Public Sector agencies including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Legislative Council of WA.

Why I’m running for council:
I am running in this election to pursue a better deal for the North Ward. I want the absolute best for our community and I believe the only way to achieve this is by having a true local representing us. Having lived in the North Ward for 36 years, I believe there is enormous opportunity to improve the many facilities around us and increase the profile of our community. I want to ensure that our community grows into a vibrant and fun, yet safe place to live. I am also running to stand up for the many residents who are struggling to pay their rates, due to the current Council’s decision to increase this years’ rates by 4.95%, the highest increase in WA. In today’s economic climate where many people are losing their jobs or their wages are being frozen, this extravagant rate rise is totally unacceptable.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Stop out-of-control rate rises.
  • Stop the systemic waste of ratepayer’s money.
  • Achieve positive results for the North Ward.

South

Name: Robyn Walsh
Ward contested (if applicable): City of Bayswater – South Ward
Phone: 0403919950
Email: robynforsouth@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Maylands

Are you a member of a political party: The Greens

About me:
I am a 53 year old lesbian who with my partner and our two poodles have called Maylands Peninsular/Bardon Park home for over 12 years. We have been together for over 15 years. We are both professionals who are reasonable well off owning the home we live in and another property that, her daughter and our grandson live in. We will both retire with enough super to be comfortable.
I am please but a little humbled to potentially bring a bit of diversity to Council, as a woman and Lesbian.
Why is the yes vote important to me, it really is that ‘everyone should be equal under the law’, the most pinion issue is next of kin, if either of us was to be unwell or in an accident or life and death decision. We would need to convince someone of our right to be bed side or to ‘make decisions’. Whilst it is not likely any one of our parents could step in and claim next of kin rights it is possible and should they do so they would have that about my partner.

Why I’m running for council:
I have chosen to live in Maylands for 17 years, with my partner and two poodles, because we love it!
I am a Social Justice advocate and I’m passionate about the environment.
I stand for equal access to services with the goal of improving lives and building better outcomes for all.
I’m active in: Environment/Friends groups, sustainability, Plastic Free, Divestment, Reconciliation, Marriage Equality, accessible public transport, Health and Safety, supporting local businesses, refugees, volunteering and local charities.
I want our City to be The Vibrant City of Opportunity;
• with sustainable development,
• protecting and rehabilitating the environment,
• building community,
• valuing our important history
All to ensure the new has respect for the planet, culture and history.
I believe Council must lead with the best interests of all: the vulnerable and the strong, the visionaries and the creative. It must show wisdom in the use of our resources, rates, land and staff.

My top three priorities if elected:
– Protecting and rehabilitating the Environment, sustainability and waste reduction including Urban Forest policy.
– Building, developing and celebrating the rich and diverse community.
– Accessible and equitable Social Justice principals. Reconciliation Action Plan with Aboriginal People, Refugees welcome.

 

 

Name: Elli Petersen-Pik
Ward: South
Phone: 0422 353 844
Email: elli4southward@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Maylands

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I live in Maylands with my family. I have a legal degree, a Masters in environmental policy, and more than ten years of experience working for various governmental agencies including WA Police and the Department of Local Government and Communities, dealing with policy and legislation development. I’ve been very much involved in our local community for two years. I’ve been working hard to progress things in Maylands and I can point to several significant achievements, including saving Maylands Waterland and getting trees planted along Guildford Road. I’m running as an independent candidate, and I’m the only candidate in South Ward who is not involved or supported by any political party and political representatives. My loyalty and commitment is 100% to the community and I don’t ‘owe’ anything to anyone. To read more about me and my community work, please visit my website elli4southward.com, or my Facebook page “Improving Maylands”.

Why I’m running for council:
As the President of the Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association (now in my 2nd year), I’ve had the privilege of representing our community and being a vocal advocate for others on many issues. I’ve seen at first hand some of the problems with the way our city operates, as well as opportunities to improve city policies. I’ve also participated in various local forums to learn more about the many issues that our community is facing. I would now like to take the next step and represent you around the decision makers’ table, to have a greater influence on future changes, and achieve a more sustainable city. I’m up for the challenge, and would like to use the councillor role as a platform to keep progressing things in Maylands. I know that as a councillor I’ll be able to achieve much more for the community and do it more quickly.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Pushing for responsible decision making and expenditure, to keep our rates under control.
  • More upgrades and activation of our town centre, to increase pride and safety in Maylands and support local businesses.
  • Progressing the various campaigns that I’ve already started, including: fixing Coles’ carpark; dealing with the big vacant lot near KFC; greening Guildford Road; and heritage protection.

 

Name: Kate Thomson
Ward: South Ward – City of Bayswater
Phone: 0421210404
Email: kate.thomson@live.com.au
Suburb of residence: Maylands

Are you a member of a political party: Australian Labor Party.

About me:
My links to Maylands go back to my Great Grandfather and Grandfather who lived on Ninth Avenue. My mother now lives around the corner, and we love taking our dogs to the beautiful local parks.
I am an Environmental Scientist with urban design, town planning, strategic planning, and policy experience. I hold qualifications in Environmental Science, Environmental Design (urban design), and Town Planning; Masters of Law, Policy and Government nearing completion.
I am deeply connected to our community:
• I was an active driver of ‘Guildford Road to Ruin’ – stopping excessive widening of Guildford Road saving homes, heritage, and businesses.
• I am Chairperson of ‘Guildford Road Revival’ – leading community improvement of Guildford Road and surrounds.
• I am Chairperson of ‘Creative Maylands’ – enhancing our Town Centre with local creativity.
• I volunteer with all our local environment groups.
I am the only candidate with this unique mix of skills and experience.

Why I’m running for council:
I value the unique features of our local area – the river, wetlands, built and industrial heritage, developing town centre, creatives, and most of all the people who live here.
I am heavily involved with our local community, having been part of the Guildford Road to Ruin group successfully opposing the inappropriate widening of Guildford Rd, and now chairing Guildford Road Revival (looking to future community-lead designs for Guildford Road and surrounds) and Creative Maylands. Being involved in Guildford Road to Ruin has been a wonderful experience, and I have loved getting to know the community better than before! It’s this love for our community that has prompted me to run for local government.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Safety and anti-social behaviour – I will support increased security patrols, lobby for faster police attendance, push for the remaining findings of the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Audit: Maylands Business Precinct to be implemented, and push for the development of Shop Front Design Guidelines for our town centre to increase surveillance on the street and activation.
  • Liveability – I want South Ward be easy to walk and ride around, pleasant to amble through, and above all connected. We are so lucky to have the river so close to our Maylands townsite, but with Guildford Road running through the ward like a wall, you would never know it. Promoting the physical changes to roads and parkways that are needed to provide this connectivity will be a priority for me in a councillor role.
  • Enhanced local environment – I have worked in the environmental sector for many years, and have an ability to understand environmental issues as well as a very practical approach to the environment. Volunteering with Baigup Wetlands Interest Group, Friends of Maylands Lakes and Bardon Park Friends Group is something I relish.

 

West

Name: Greg Smith
Ward Contested: West Ward
Phone: 0435164259
Email: greg@gregsmith.solutions
Suburb of residence: Bayswater

Are you a member of a political party: Yes, WA Party 

About Me:
I am a semi-retired Town Planner who has the time, expertise, experience and wisdom needed to be an effective full-time Councillor. I have worked as a Town Planner in Local Government, State Government, in academia and private consultancy. As a ratepayer in Bayswater since 1983 I know Bayswater.
I have four children and three grandchildren. Three of my children (Isaac, Otto and Enid) attended Hillcrest Primary, and are currently studying at John Forrest Secondary College.  I have been an active community member, regularly attending council meetings and participating in numerous community groups for decades. I understand both emotionally and intellectually that good Town Planning is at the heart of retaining the “Garden City” amenity ethos, making the City of Bayswater a good place to live, work and play. Other interests include film making, community TV administration and production, travel, community gardens, cooking and Aussie Rules. Utopia NOT Dystopia!

Why I’m running for council:
Town planning has been hijacked by the development lobby, and as an experienced town planner I can make a significant contribution as a Bayswater City councillor towards preserving the amenity and character of the town for the community. We need to rescind Special Control Area to conserve the historic amenity of the ‘Bayswater Village’, amend the Town Planning Scheme to stop the clear felling of trees to retain local physical and mental and economic health and stop hotels and wave park from being developed on the Swan River Riverside Gardens reserve. We also need to retain Hillcrest Oval as park, not an “exciting” in-fill housing development and be a strong and articulate voice to the Western Australian Planning Commission,  Development Assessment Panel and State Administrative Tribunal who are unrepresentative and lack transparency.

My three top priorities if elected: 

  • Protect and increase our tree canopy to improve livability which will attract business, and improve health – physical ,mental and economic
  • A City for people, with tree-lined streets, parks and public spaces to encourage walking, cycling and socialising
  • Improve and promote heritage and nature-based tourism attractions to create sustainable local jobs.

 

 

Name: Lorna Clarke
Ward: West
Phone: 0412 427 910
Email: lornaforbayswater@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Bayswater

Are you a member of a political party: Yes, the Labor Party

About me:
I love our local area; I value our gardens, parks, heritage and vibrant community. As an environmental and energy lawyer, I studied at the London School of Economics before my fiancé and I moved into our heritage home on Coode Street. Our two shelter dogs, Muddle and Hobbes, absolutely love the dog-friendly parks nearby.

Why I’m running for council:
I want to represent you on council because I want your voice to be heard on the decisions that impact us all – decisions around planning, redevelopment, and local government services. I want Bayswater and Bedford to get our fair share of council investment in our local parks, gardens, services, streetscapes and public spaces. I want to make sure that everyone in our neighbourhood, from kids to seniors, has a meaningful opportunity to be a part of our community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Fight for the best possible redevelopment of Bayswater train station, with extensive community consultation.
  • Revitalise events and local spaces in Bedford.
  • Develop a ‘No Empty Shops’ policy to revitalise our local shops.

 

 

Name: Giorgia Johnson
Ward: West
Phone: 0421 31 0974
Email: giorgia@cogicare.com.au
Suburb of residence: Bayswater

Are you a member of a political party: Yes, Greens.

About me:
I’m a Bayswater resident, mum, business owner, dog owner and volunteer. I’ve spent 24 years living, working and playing in Bayswater. We’re raising two beautiful girls here and I have been actively involved in our fabulous local schools, community groups, environment groups and sporting clubs. With my accounting background I have worked in oil and gas, mining equipment, community and disability services. In 5 years at Cool Breeze Cafe, I have put many of my values into practice – creating an inclusive community, employing and training local staff, buying locally, supporting small businesses, reducing waste and removing single use plastic.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m running for council because I care about the future of our community and am not politically ambitious. Our Bayswater has so much to value: it’s accessible with great transport links and industry, beautiful with green spaces, wetlands, and waterways and has a creative and engaged community. As a local business owner, I know how important the local economy and environment are to our future, and want to give more of us the opportunity to work and play in the place that we live. I want our council to lead the way for our businesses and residents reduce our environmental impact with less landfill, consumption and energy use, and to reflect and support the diversity of our community. I would like to contribute to council committees in finance, community events and disability access. With two vacancies in West Ward, we can continue the renewal of council. Please vote.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Thriving Town Centres – I’d like to see the Bayswater and Meltham town centres grow for the community of the future with the character we love; vibrant, green, connected and sustainable.
  • Supporting Sustainability and Savings – For the future of our communities and businesses, Bayswater needs to focus on more renewables, recycling and limiting our waste and energy use.
  • A Bayswater for Everyone – I’ll prioritise ensuring people of all ages, needs and abilities can access our buildings and services. Bayswater has thousands of families, and almost half of us are born overseas. It’s time our council reflects our diversity.

 

 

Name: Ben Dellar
Ward: West
Phone: 0403 770 681
Emailbenforbayswater@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Bayswater

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

About me:
I live in Bayswater with my fiancée; Serene, our dogs; Nigel and Gizmo, our cat; Fia and our rabbit; “Nibby K”. My degree in investment finance and five years’ experience working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers give me the knowledge and ability to ensure we rein in the rate rises and take control of wasteful spending. Serving in the Australian Army Reserve for five years built strong resilience, an extremely high focus on teamwork and means I have a drive to achieve whatever mission I set my mind to. My current role leading complex hospital projects at St John of God Healthcare demonstrates that I have the experience and capability to deliver positive change in a challenging environment like our council. I grew up in Bayswater, bought my first house in Bayswater, my parents bought their first house in Bayswater. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to give back to our wonderful community.

Why I’m running for council:
I had to run. We, the West Ward residents need a voice who will deliver and execute on a positive future focussed vision for our community. For too long party politics and individual political ambition have dominated our council. It is time for a true independent candidate for the people and I hope to be that representative for you. While I wish the other candidates well, when I look at their visions and manifestos, they are remarkably similar which won’t deliver future-focused town centres in West Ward and Bayswater. I will give you a fresh voice on council and will focus on:
· Responsible reduction of rate rises.
· Quality development and thriving town centres in Bayswater, Meltham and Bedford.
· Improving our park facilities and tree canopy.
· Supporting our environmental diversity and unique history.
· Improving services for families, especially the young and elderly

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Reducing rate rises to CPI or below
  • Creating thriving town centres for Bayswater, Meltham and Bedford
  • Fighting for local voices to be heard instead of council being dominated by party politics

 

 

Name: Martin Toldo
Ward: West
Phone: 0405660259
Emailmartin@toldo.com.au
Suburb of residence: Bayswater

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

About me:
My name is Martin Toldo and semi-retired but do volunteer work at “People Who Care” as a transport driver. I also am a volunteer on the Board of directors of the Durham Road School for Special Needs Children, also an Executive P&C member of the same school and Chairman of a charitable association which raises funds to sequence the DNA of children with undiagnosed diseases to find the best possible way to manage this condition with them and their families. This shows how committed I am to the community, and a previous West Ward councillor for the city, in my duties as councillor I have always treated the rate payers with respect, honesty and fairness. Listening to their requests in a fair and unbiased way, and letting all residents personally informed with controversial planning issues in their area. I promise to do all I can for the ratepayers and to strive for good financial management.