Shire of Chittering 2017 local government election candidates

Shire of Chittering 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.

 

Name: John Curtis
Ward contested: No wards
Phone: 0400114956
Email: no email
Suburb of residence: Bindoon

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I have been a ratepayer in the Shire of Chittering for the past 20 years. I have worked in couriering and the fishing industry and have an interest in alternative building and energy concepts and technology.

Why I’m running for council:
The Shire haven’t listened to their ratepayers in a long time and that’s why I’m running. If I was elected I would endeavour to reduce the rates and charges during my term to help those doing it tough. There are a lot of people who don’t like the compulsory rubbish bins, so I would aim to have them removed.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Reduce rate and charges during my term
  • Abolishment of compulsory rubbish bins
  • Be more accountable and listen to the ratepayers

 

Name: Don Gibson
Phone: 08 9576 1090

Are you a member of a political party? Did not respond.

About me:
I am committed to honestly represent all ratepayers and bring all your concerns to the attention of Council , and would appreciate your support to bring about long overdue changes . Council needs to be more open and accountable to ratepayers , after all it’s your money that is being spent .
Much better control of rates and charges is achievable , delivering a more efficient and cost effective Shire , and reducing the burden on the community .
We cannot afford more of the same , with the same outcomes .
This is your opportunity to elect the people who are listening to our ratepayers .

 

Name: Barni Norton
Phone: 0419 964 909
Email: barni.norton@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Bindoon

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

About me:
Since 2001 I have lived in Chittering. In that time I have been self-employed in a few industries; farming, recreation, health, & advertising. My three adult daughters have left home and I am a grandmother. I treasure our rural lifestyle and the community resilience we exhibit.  I am an active St Johns Ambulance officer since 2005. I ride my bicycle to the shops, library and ambulance depot from where I live in Bindoon. My love of music and song has me performing at Lower Chittering markets and the local Open Mic Nights.  I opened my garden to public for the recent flower show and was delighted to meet many local people. My lifestyle reflects my beliefs and values, that of belonging to community is about participating in community and supporting the local community.

Why I’m running for council:
We need our local government to be transparent and accountable to the community.  I am forever mindful that decisions by Council are being made for the region which affect our residents. I can comprehend complex issues and have the fortitude to speak on the tough issues. We have opportunity to build on the local economy to create jobs and population stability. Our local road networks need to be safe and well maintained while the state government infrastructure requires ongoing lobbying to get improvements. Access to education opportunities and health services are two other areas that Council needs to be mindful of. I have a proven record of being a good advocate for our Chittering community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Muchea Community Plan
  • Protection of Agricultural Resource & Biodiversity
  • Muchea Employment Node

 

Name: Carmel Ross
Ward contested: n/a
Phone: 0408 124 404
Email: carmelm08@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Bindoon

Are you a member of a political party?  No

About me:
The Shire of Chittering has experienced significant growth for some years, with ongoing pressure for continuing growth. It’s important to maintain and improve the sustainability of the lifestyle and amenity we have, and provide services and infrastructure that enable others to become part of this attractive area. Living on a local farm with beef cattle and a vineyard, I appreciate rural life in the Shire.

I am self-employed, with over thirty years’ experience in management and governance. As a board member of the Wheatbelt Development Commission, I have experience in regional development and the issues faced by non-metropolitan shires. Locally, I am secretary of the Bindoon Farmers Market committee. Local government is about listening to these communities and making sound decisions as a Council team that preserve our lifestyle and amenity, advancing this shire and its people. I would welcome the opportunity to serve the shire in this capacity.

Why I’m running for council:

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To ensure responsible use of resources
  • To contribute to sound decision making
  • To contribute to building strong communities within the shire

 

Name: Michelle Rossouw
Phone: 0412 129 719
Email: michelle@maryvilledowns.net
Suburb of residence: Lower Chittering

Are you a member of a political party? Did not respond.

About me:
I have 3 children, and our family has been part of the Lower Chittering Community for almost 10 years.  I am passionate about the community and have been part of the Chittering Valley Progress Association for 8 years and President for 6 years, organising local community events every year. I believe it’s important to be part of the community and contribute to it in a positive way, and that is why I volunteer at most of the Shire events. Getting involved is also a great way to connect with ratepayers and get a good understanding of what they want and don’t want, and one of the reasons I am nominating again for Council.

Why I’m running for council:
I’ve been on Council for the past 6 years and have appreciated the opportunity to assist in delivering significant improvements to our Shire like upgrading community buildings, improving public open space and more recently supporting the vital addition of communication infrastructure (Telstra and NBN towers) across the Shire. The new industrial area in Muchea, which is now progressing will bring employment opportunities to residents.

The privilege of living in our rural lifestyle over the years, has influenced my strong belief to protect the rural amenity of Chittering. It is also important to keep the balance between improving services, and keeping rates affordable, over the past 3 years we have averaged 1.2% rate increase, which I believe has achieved both. I am nominating again to continue representing you and working towards further improving the Shire of Chittering.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Improve aged, youth and health services.
  • Economic Development, progress and manage the development of the Shire in a way that benefits locals and local businesses. The new Northlink and the upgrade of Great Northern Highway will bring further growth to our Shire over the next few year.
  • Support and strengthen our volunteer groups.

 

Name: Quentin Hearn
Phone: 0476916013
Email: hearnquentin@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Bindoon

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
My partner Rosie and I began living in the Shire six years ago. And of course we brought our dog Poppy with us. Our adult sons Mitch, Lucas and Matt live interstate and visit regularly. They love Bindoon too. During my working life I have always donated time to the community, including being an active member of Apex and participating in “Meals on Wheels” programs as well as other school, community and sporting club activities. At present, I support Foodbank WA and host the Foodbank / BankWest Corporate Responsibility Day in Bindoon. I work for a large national organisation as the Group Manager OHS risk. To be successful in my type of job you need to care for each individual, understand their circumstances and respect their opinions. Strong influencing skills and a focus on governance are also very important. These are qualities I will bring to the table if elected to council.

Why I’m running for council:
The way I see it, Councillors are the voice of the community and support the Shire Council to make balanced decisions. In all cases, Councillors and the Shire must work together if the best interests of the community are to be served. Impending changes to the highway have many people in our community concerned about the future of Bindoon and the Shire in general. Education, health services and rates are also front of mind. In my opinion, a community should not base its future on how many vehicles drive through it. It should focus on what it has to offer and continuously build on, and effectively promote, its strengths. I have an open mind and no agenda, other than representing residents and helping the Shire to make the right decisions for our community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Responsible and sustainable development to ensure the Shire remains a desirable place to live and raise families
  • Grow local employment by encouraging new and compatible businesses into the Shire
  • Effectively promote the Shire as an attractive tourist destination

 

Name: Peter Osborn – did not respond