Town of Cambridge 2017 local government election candidates

Town of Cambridge 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.

Coast

Name: Kate McKerracher
Ward contested: Coast
Phone: 0402048927
Email: mckerracher.kate@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: City Beach

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I have lived in City Beach for eight years with my husband and two daughters. We love the garden suburbs for their streetscapes, parks and gardens and generous setbacks. I worked for over 13 years as a commercial property lawyer, which included acting on behalf of local governments.  This means I already have an understanding of the regulatory framework in which local government operates.  I have held various positions on committees and not for profit organisations over the years. Council’s Amendment 31 led me to becoming a strong advocate for our community for sensible planning, better transparency and real consultation with Save our City Beach our Floreat and the Coast Ward Ratepayers Association Inc. My background as a lawyer means I consider, analyse and seek out relevant information to make informed decisions to produce the best outcomes.

Why I’m running for council:
During the A31 debate I was astounded by the failure of councillors to genuinely listen and respond to community concerns.  I worked hard for our community to fight A31, to fight for sensible outcomes, to preserve the character of our garden suburbs.  I continue to be astounded by failures in statutory compliance, a lack of transparency and lack of representation by some of our elected members.  With town planning still on the agenda, and a Local Planning Strategy and new Town Planning Scheme to be done, I want to continue to serve my community by being part of the decision-making process on how our town will evolve in the future. We need better governance, more support for the aged in our community, pro-active support of sporting and local community groups, a culture of working collaboratively and respectfully with independent thought and analysis.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Better planning.
  • Better governance and transparency.
  • Better care for and protection of our environment.

 

Name: Jon Petelczyc
Ward contested: Coast
Phone: 041 999 3218
Email: jon@petelczyc.com.au
Suburb of residence: Floreat.

Are you a member of a political party? Yes. Liberal Party.

About me:
Resident of Floreat for 14 years and owning an investment property in West Leederville, Jon and his wife Jenny, and two daughters Liesl, 16, and Gretl, 12, enjoy all that our local community offers. Jon is a director of his own business advisory practice which has prospered for over 15 years. Jon possesses professional qualifications that would add value to the skill mix of councillors, which currently runs the risk of being heavily weighted towards the legal profession. The town needs a councillor with business acumen; a proven track record in the accounting, audit, risk management and governance fields.
My qualifications and credentials include:
• BBus(Hons) (accounting and finance majors).
• Certified practising accountant.
• Chartered tax adviser.
• Certified internal auditor.
• Certified risk management adviser.
• Certified fraud examiner.
• Member Australian Institute of Company Directors.
• Registered tax agent.

Why I’m running for council:
Coast Ward needs vigorous and committed Councillors who have sound knowledge and experience in local government and government procedures – Councillors who are effective listeners with an ability for critical thought to make objective decisions based on facts presented before them. Jon has the time, experience and drive to work effectively for you. Jon offers good governance!
Experience held that places Jon in good stead for the position of councillor includes:
• Community representative of the town’s audit committee for the past four years.
• Consultant, auditor and advisor to businesses and local and state government agencies for over 25 years.
• Philanthropist with a community focus – Google “Floreat Defibrillator Today Tonight” for an example.
Key qualities held that places me in good stead for the position of Councillor include:
• Integrity
• Good governance
• Strategic thinker
• Enquiring mind

My top three priorities if elected:
• Direction of town resources with an objective, independent and practical approach.
• Utilise the wealth of experience and guidance from within the Town’s staffing complement.
• Active community engagement to assist in value-adding decision-making.

 

Name: Gary Mack
Ward: Coast
Phone: 0424 626 106
Email: garymack@outlook.com.au
Suburb of residence: City Beach

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

About me:
I have been married for 35 years and have raised three children in our community. I am a family and children’s lawyer. I have extensive involvement with community groups including Rotary (Whitford’s), school boards and committees (PLC, Hale, Iona and City Beach Primary), a volunteer lawyer for Fremantle and Sussex Street Legal Centres and volunteer life-saver at Sorrento & City Beach. I have previously been a director and chairman of a biotech start-up (Signostics) and established three small businesses. I am currently on the Boards of All Saint’s College, Carlisle Primary School and the Legal Practice Board.

Why I’m running for council:
To Listen carefully to voters and unwaveringly represent their views on Council. Why? Because any other way is undemocratic. Councillors should represent their community views. Amendment 31 havoc is an example where this did not occur. To Support a vibrant, dynamic community by advocating for sporting, cultural, service and environmental and community groups. Why? Families are the foundation of our community but community groups are vehicles where families and individuals connect with others in the pursuit of a gaol and the common good. To Ensure that City Beach and Floreat remain low density, safe and family orientated communities. Why? There is overwhelming community support for this. To Lead ethically and provide good governance to Council. Why? Because Councillors need to encourage the efficient use of resources and to equally require accountability for the stewardship of those resources in a clear intellectual way, that is respectful and above self-interest.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Write to all community and not for profit groups in our municipality to enquire how Council could help them serve our community better.
  • Ensure that Amendment 31 is dead and buried, however support commercial vibrancy on Cambridge Street through the proposed community hub in Wembley.
  • Scrutinize the budget to ensure the needs of the community are met and voters are getting value for money.

 

Name: Ian Everett
Ward: Coast
Phone: 0484 235 104
Email: ianeverett100@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: City Beach

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

About me:
I am a second generation resident of both Floreat and City Beach. I spent my youth growing up in Floreat and returned to City Beach with my wife 17 years ago to raise our family. My three children all attended the local primary schools and we all share a very strong connection with the local community and the local area. I am also a professional town planner with 35 years experience in local and state government and private practice. I am the co-owner of a successful private town planning and design consultancy, which deals daily with the same type of planning and development issues that presently confront the town. I understand and appreciate those many lifestyle qualities that Cambridge residents value and the unique landscape and residential amenity that make these coast ward garden suburbs such special places to live. I am committed to sensible growth and protecting these values.

Why I’m running for council:
For two years I was an active opponent of Amendment 31. I was disappointed that such a flawed and illogical infill proposal with such far reaching ramifications was pursued so aggressively by our council, despite overwhelming community opposition, obvious technical flaws and with little regard to local impacts. It was an unnecessarily distressing time for all residents affected.I believe this lack of empathy with ratepayers and a disturbing disregard for sound planning principles remains an issue at the Town at a time where sound governance and more informed decision-making should be a key priority. A change in personnel and an overhaul of the culture at the town is essential. Election of new councillors with the right professional skills, a fresh outlook and a genuine understanding of local issues will contribute to a more constructive and positive future. I hope to be part of that process of change.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • More respectful local community engagement, improved governance and better decision making;
  • Preserving the unique residential character & amenity of the garden suburbs whilst pursuing smarter housing diversity options tailored to suit location;
  • Protecting our streetscapes and local parks and improving development control standards and urban design outcomes throughout the Town.

 

Name: Pauline O’Connor – did not respond.

 

Wembley

Name:   Jo McAllister
Ward contested:  Wembley
Phone:  9388 6789
Email:   jo.mcallister@cle.net.au
Suburb of residence:  West Leederville.

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I am a long-term resident, living initially in Wembley then in West Leederville, where I have lived for 17 years.  I run a local law firm and an education and training consultancy from commercial premises also in West Leederville.  I am also a member of the West Leederville Residents Association, and have previously served as the secretary.  I am therefore very aware of the concerns and problems faced by both small business owners and residents in our community.

Why I’m running for council:
I think the council has lost touch with the concerns of the Wembley ward.  I think we need more transparency in decision making and a commitment to apply the long term policies that have been developed.  I believe that it is time for the Coastal ward to carry its fair share of the burden of development and finance in the town.  I think it is time for change within the Town of Cambridge, and that a new set of eyes, a new set of skills and a refocussing on the needs of all residents is in order.

My top three priorities if elected:  

  • Accountability,
  • Fairness, and
  • Genuine consultation.

 

Name: Ben Secrett
Ward contested: Wembley
Phone: 0423 340 668
Email: votebensecrett@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: West Leederville

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I’m a 38-year-old husband, father of a young son, and passionate about Wembley Ward – the place we have chosen to call home. We need to protect the character of our friendly and leafy suburbs. I have economics and law degrees, work in governance and financial markets law, and as a director of a disability services not-for-profit helped it double in size to 190 clients, 70 staff and a $7m budget. With this experience, I know how to listen, am a creative thinker and am a diligent and competent decision maker. I’m motivated by my young family to be a strong voice for the community that we want. I will protect the character, improve the liveability and give a strong voice to Wembley Ward – let’s not sacrifice the qualities that give us our sense of place. See facebook.com/VoteBenSecrett

Why I’m running for council:
Local government has the most daily impact on our lives and we need to make sure that it works for us! I’ve worked hard this year lobbying council (many long nights at council meetings) to ensure that the local planning strategy will protect our homes, reflect our community’s vision and provide a long term pathway for sensible and appropriate development and the fight is not over. Now it’s time to be on council to ensure it makes community led and supported planning decisions – we need adequate setbacks and no high rises. My other priorities are to improve pedestrian safety (Lake Monger Drive crossings) and traffic management (Grantham and Jersey), invest in vibrant community hubs, instil fiscal discipline (restrict rates rises to CPI), make Lake Monger the jewel of the town, and create a cycling and walking friendly town (less traffic and parking issues).

My top three priorities if elected:

  • A community-led local planning strategy.
  • Install Lake Monger Drive pedestrian crossings.
  • A cycle & walk friendly Town.

 

Name: Stephen Brown
Ward: Wembley
Phone: 0417935641
Email: srb@node1.com.au
Suburb of residence: West Leederville

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
• • Retired from Professional Engineering after 45 years.
• • Owned my own businesses for 12 years – Contract Cleaning, Vehicle Hire and property.
• • 1987 moved to Australia – Responsible for water and sewerage services to 40 Aboriginal communities.
• • Received Institute of Engineers Award for Asset Management Planning and Refurbishment of the Kalgoorlie Pipeline.
• • Member of Government’s Renewable Energy (RE) Committee – responsible for regulations allowing RE access to the grid.
• • Designed and constructed the state’s first wind powered desalination plant.
• • Managed Feasibility Studies for Perth’s desalination plants.
• • Water Corporation’s Business Development Manager for 5 years
• • 12 year career in mining construction sector.
• • Business Development Manager for Monadelphous, Downer, AGC and MacMahon.
• • Drive an electric vehicle powered by house solar.
• • Represented my country in surfing, windsurfing and Ironman Triathlon.
• • 2014 – fifth in age in the 70.3 World Champs.

Why I’m running for council:
We have lived in Cambridge for 8 years and it is by far the best place we have ever lived and I want to help further improve Cambridge. I have always taken an interest in community activities and in particular Cowden Park, the West Leederville precinct re-modelling and the current Town Planning process but not in a formal way. Being a councillor can be time consuming and those who work full time, have children, are establishing a career and a home may be time constrained. Being retired, I have plenty of time to fulfill this role properly. I am a practical, energetic person, not political and I have extensive experience in asset planning, finance, governance and in innovation. I am a team player and can represent residents in a fair and measured way and help produce practical, innovative solutions to complex technical and planning problems.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Town planning – professionally responding to state requirements for development
  • Lake Monger planning and development – support current processes
  • Waste Management/Rubbish disposal – support Mindarie Regional Council initiative

 

Name: Steven Thomasz
Ward: Wembley
Phone: 0413 603 613
Emailsteve@mjskt.com
Suburb of residence: Wembley

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

About me:
Born and raised in Perth, I’ve been happily married to Mary Jane (also from Perth) for 17 wonderful years and we have three children together, Ben 13, Anna 11 and Cate nine. I have a degree in Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration and have owned and run small businesses for many years. I currently consult to businesses on maximising efficiency through the minimisation of wasted resources (like time and money). I have chosen to live in Wembley since 2007 and I love this area for its great community and wonderful natural environment. I love to exercise in the Lake Monger and Bold Park areas and believe we have the best beaches in the world. (Having travelled through approximately 100 countries between 1986 and 2001 I feel I am uniquely qualified to make this statement).

Why I’m running for council:
Being on council does not mean pushing my own agenda. My most important role is to engage with the community, listen to their views and to help shape the Town of Cambridge according to the wishes of the residents and local businesses. If elected to council, my aim will be to uncover efficiencies that reduce costs to rate payers. These are tough economic times and I would like to ensure that the Town’s budget is spent wisely, hopefully resulting in reduced rates in years to come. I believe I can add a different perspective to council. It seems to me that many councillors have backgrounds in politics, law or town planning. While these are important, I believe diversity make us stronger. As an IT professional and small business owner and operator, I feel I can offer insights that will be unique.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To work as a team with my fellow councillors to minimise wasted resources within our community, with the ultimate goal of reducing costs for rate payers.
  • To preserve and enhance our natural environment
  • To listen to the views of those in the community that I represent

 

 

Name: James Nelson
Ward: Wembley
Phone: 0410 421 497
Email: JamesNelsonforWembleyWard@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Wembley

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

About me:
• I’m a proud Wembley resident, married with labrador, and endlessly renovating my Californian bungalow.
• Professionally, I have over 15 years of experience in a range of industries including mining, oil & gas, demolition and construction for the some of the largest companies operating in Western Australia.
• Currently, I am the Community and Stakeholder Manager for a major highway project, have previously worked as Environmental Manager for large mining projects and Project Manager for the demolition of multiple power stations.
• With qualifications in engineering, science, and business, I have the skills, experience and capability to progress challenging strategies and deliver outcomes for our community.

Why I’m running for council:
• Wembley Ward needs representation from Wembley.
• I’m passionate about our local area, and want to see it continue to develop.
• We are fortunate to see fantastic achievements from our Council through a positive relationship with the Town administration – City Beach upgrades, underground power, golf course upgrades, improved sports facilities to name a few.
• However, a Council that consistently challenges reports from specialist consultants, that delays and defers key decisions, will have long term consequences for our community.
• Council needs people like Stephen Brown from West Leederville, and James Nelson from Wembley who have a lifetime of experience making challenging decisions and delivering strategic outcomes.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Wembley Hotel – I’ll ensure the Wembley Hotel site will not progress until a local development plan is approved by Council based on community consultation.
  • Open Spaces and Sporting Facilities – I’ll progress the planning process for Lake Monger, Strategic Bike Plan, improvements to our sporting assets to meet growing demand and expectations, improved dog exercise areas and a community Men’s Shed.
  • Governance & Strategy – I’ll foster a positive relationship with the Town administration to progress our strategic planning with consideration of all ratepayers and demographics.

 

Name: Andrew Thomson
Ward: Wembley
Phone: 0417939242
Email: Andrew@nxatonline.com
Suburb of residence: West Leederville

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
As a resident of West Leederville I am passionate about good community values and seek to ensure we are well represented and governed by our elected members who care and act in our best interests. I bring to this position my strong work ethic, my commitment to community life and my experience to achieve good and lasting outcomes for stakeholders. I am a surveyor by training and professional member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Having worked in mining in executive and leadership positions, in the regions and in the city, I actively sought to engage with people that are affected as employees but also are impacted as community members by what the business is doing. My business governance qualifications and practical experiences as a director have also taught me the value of good governance practice and the critical nature of gaining the best value for stakeholders.

Why I’m running for council:
I live in ToC for a long time now and have witnessed how detached the council and the administration have become from the community they serve. That sense of service to the community has become lost. I actively take part in how our community is governed; I go to council and committee meetings and contribute personally via public questioning. Now, I have decided that I need to do more and want to be part of the decision making that influences all of us in our community life. I want to make a difference. My determination to be a good councillor is about
• Caring communities where we all feel safe
• Shared values in how we want to live and preserve our suburbs’ heritage
• Families matter, let’s take care of our kids, mums, dads, nannas, pops – everyone
• Fresh ideas in how we get around
• Good governance and holding the administration accountable

My top three priorities if elected:

  • I propose a complete a thorough review of the Local Planning Scheme; everything is up for discussion. The community response to the LPS has overwhelmingly shown that people in ToC are not happy with what has been done and what is proposed. The council and the administration have to listen to the community and find better solutions.
  • I will initiate a Traffic Review. The traffic congestion has become an utter mayhem. The community does not feel safe anymore. A prime example is Lake Monger Drive where there is no safe pedestrian crossing between Harborne and Southport Streets. On Cambridge Street traffic comes to a stand-still during peak hours and the State government is not investing in better public transport that keeps up with their ‘Metro Density Initiative’. They just scrapped bus route 97 connecting Leederville Station with Subiaco Station. The train on West Leederville Station stops every 20 minutes during peak hours.
  • I will ensure that the council and the administration conduct themselves and deliver utmost transparency and are being held accountable for their decisions. No behind-closed-doors deals, no opaque contract management; the community deserves to be well informed about what goes on and what is done with ratepayers money.

 

Name: Ben Secrett
Ward: Wembley
Phone: 0423 340 668
Email: votebensecrett@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Own and building in West Leederville, live in Subiaco.

Are you a member of a political party? No.

About me:
I’m a 38yo husband, father of a young son, and passionate about Wembley Ward – the place we have chosen to call home. We need to protect the character of our friendly and leafy suburbs. I have economics and law degrees, work in governance and financial markets law, and as a director of a disability services not-for-profit helped it double in size to 190 clients, 70 staff and a $7m budget. With this experience, I know how to listen, am a creative thinker and am a diligent and competent decision maker. I’m motivated by my young family to be a strong voice for the community that we want. I will protect the character, improve the liveability and give a strong voice to Wembley Ward – let’s not sacrifice the qualities that give us our sense of place. See facebook.com/VoteBenSecrett

Why I’m running for council:
Local government has the most daily impact on our lives and we need to make sure that it works for us! I’ve worked hard this year lobbying council (many long nights at council meetings) to ensure that the local planning strategy will protect our homes, reflect our community’s vision and provide a long term pathway for sensible and appropriate development and the fight is not over. Now it’s time to be on council to ensure it makes community led and supported planning decisions – we need adequate setbacks and no high rises. My other priorities are to improve pedestrian safety (Lake Monger Drive crossings) and traffic management (Grantham and Jersey), invest in vibrant community hubs, instil fiscal discipline (restrict rates rises to CPI), make Lake Monger the jewel of the Town, and create a cycling and walking friendly Town (less traffic and parking issues).

My top three priorities if elected:

  • A community-led local planning strategy.
  • Install Lake Monger Drive pedestrian crossings.
  • A cycle & walk friendly Town.

Candidates who did not respond:
Francis Main
Pauline O’Connor.