Town of Claremont 2017 local government election candidates

Town of Claremont 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.

Mayor

Name: Jock Barker
Ward: Mayor Town of Claremont
Contact: 0408984471
Email: barkerjj@iinet.net.au

Political party membership: No

About me:
I am married with adult children. I was educated at Hale School and subsequently studied pharmacy and aviation. I was headhunted from the private sector to commercialise Medibank Private and one of the small number of senior executives who introduced the medicare system to Australia. I am currently the managing director of a successful family business. I have always been involved in the community having been a past-president of the Claremont Swimming Club, past-State president of the Royal Life Saving Society, marketing adviser to Surf Life Saving Australia and inaugural board member for the Oral Health Foundation. All positions were honorary and unpaid. Member of the 1980 Americas Cup Crew in Newport Rhode Island, USA. Apart from serving the community, aviation has played a large part in my life.

Why I’m running:
I am seeking re-election as mayor to ensure that rates income continues to provide value for the ratepayers dollar. The rates increase was 1% this year. I first stood as a councillor in order to gain the necessary experience in local government as it completely different to any other commercial business. Town of Claremont records show I have the proven ability to make a difference, show leadership, independent thinking and to achieve positive actions. As Mayor I am noted for my honesty and straight forwardness. I have not, do not and will not make promises that are clearly misleading and unable to be implemented. I am noted for leading a competent and transparent council and the Town of Claremont is held in high regard by both State Government and other local government authorities for the manner in which it efficiently operates. I am opposed to inappropriate development and I am known for looking forward to ensure Claremont of the future meets community requirements.

Top three priorities:
– Continue the proven strong financial management of the town.
– Continue to protect the unique lifestyle of Claremont involving the community in programs which enhance our village feel.
– Continue to support community facilities, infrastructure as well as sporting organisations across the Town.

 

Name: Jonathan Huston
Ward: Mayor
Phone: 0419090066
Email: jonathan@fixclaremont.com.au
Suburb of residence: Claremont

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I am a Claremont resident of Alfred Road for 10 years. Prior to that I served 18 years as an officer in the Australian Army, in the intelligence corps. My three children attended St Thomas Primary and John XXIII College. Over the last 12 years I have been an owner and operator of WA businesses, including Tintacar, Croissant Express and Parkside Towbars. I now own Training Course Experts in Northbridge. I am an avid trekker having climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, Kinabalu, and completed the Camino Frances. I still play competitive hockey. I love door knocking and meeting the people of Claremont.

Why I’m running:
You deserve better value for the rates you pay. I will vote to fix rates at inflation or less, keep the Claremont Showground’s safe from developers and repeal the 4 per cent interest charge on underground power instalments, plus double footpath and pavement spending. Under my plan, seniors and the disabled will receive a $100 rate credit. I will bring back citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day. I will strive to revitalise Bay View Terrace by abolishing anti-business fees, plus foster café and restaurant ambiance. I’ll save the toddlers’ pool at the aquatic centre. Businesses that employ locals will be financially supported. I will support a men’s shed. I will vote to cap and then trim the ballooning bureaucracy, streamline 350 fees and abolish all petty charges under $5. I will serve you unwaveringly and equally; with compassion and transparency. With your vote we can Fix Claremont.

Top three priorities:

  • Keep rates at CPI or less.
  • Improve transparency in written council communications.
  • Rebuild town infrastructure, primarily footpaths and sporting facilities.

 

East

Name: Jessica Schwendinger
Ward: East
Phone: 0413 065 699
Email: jess@fixclaremont.com.au
Suburb of residence: Claremont

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

About me:
Before moving to the local community, I was a member of the Shire of Mundaring Youth Advisory Council for many years. As such I have extensive experience running and coordinating youth arts events and working with youth across the state. I currently volunteer with two community outreach groups. I have also worked in administration management in the recruitment, resources and healthcare sectors over the last decade, so I fully understand the obligations and challenges that small businesses face. My current role is managing a local medical centre in the heart of east ward. I have a strong focus on learning and development, and am also working on further postgraduate qualifications externally. I am passionate about all that our state has to offer, and you’ll often see me out and about photographing events across the state. I love talking to people and learning more about the history of Claremont.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe that ratepayers deserve a fairer deal for the rates they pay. I also believe that all demographics of our community should be represented on council, and that this is not being done at present. An example of this would be the proposed removal of the toddlers pool at the Claremont Aquatic Centre – with no replacement appropriate for the 0-7 age group. Another example would be the lack of transparency surrounding the underground power fees – paying 4 per cent interest on installments was never part of the original proposal! I believe it’s time for the council to get back to basics, and improve the footpaths we all use every day. I also believe that we should support local businesses and streamline many of the 350 fees and charges that many are subject to. Finally I also believe that rate increases should be kept at CPI or less.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Keeping the Royal Show in Claremont.
  • Rate increases at CPI or less.
  • Abolishing the 4% interest charge on underground power instalments.

Name: Peter Telford – did not respond

Name: Bruce Haynes – did not respond

 

South

Name: Paul Kelly.
Ward contested: South Ward
Phone: 93950408/0497899154
Email: pkelly1@bigpond.net.au
Suburb of residence: Claremont

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
Married with 2 children (early 20s, but still at home!!) and we have lived in Claremont for over 25 years, attended local schools and active contributors to the community. I am an existing councillor with considerable experience including 10 years as deputy mayor. Professionally, I have over 25 years’ experience in senior executive, CEO and business management. I have experience as a director and chair of a number of boards including insurance, aged care and the Australian Local Government Association. I am a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and past deputy president of the WA Local Government Association.

Why I’m running for council:
I absolutely enjoy working for and representing the Claremont community. While incredible achievements have been made in building the community, protecting the environment and character of Claremont there is more to be done. My key objectives are to improve the quality of life, build an attractive environment and ensure responsible administration of the Town. The current Claremont Council is functioning exceptionally well as a team and delivering high quality services very efficiently Claremont residents.

Top three priorities:

  • Significant improvement to footpaths.
  • Traffic management and parking.
  • Protection of the foreshore for wildlife, recreation and residents.

 

Name: Ainslie de Vos
Ward: South, Town of Claremont
Phone: 0419 908 640
Email: ainslie.devos@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Claremont

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I grew up in Claremont and returned in 2007 with my husband, David, to make a home on land owned by my family since 1946. We have two sons and three grandchildren. After an earlier career in media, I have worked in the public sector for 31 years as a manager in the communication and community relations fields. As well as my skills and experience in these areas, I have significant knowledge of and experience in the key elements of good governance.  I am a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Strategic Priorities Panel for the WA National Parks Foundation. I am a member of the Claremont Yacht Club and the Claremont Football Club and have given past community service on school committees, the Scotch College Council and with Rotary.

Why I’m running for council:
I feel very fortunate to live in Claremont and would welcome the opportunity to play a part in ensuring that it continues to thrive as one of Perth’s most desirable suburbs. I believe my skills and experience would enable me to make a positive contribution and bring fresh perspectives in setting strategic direction, policy development and decision-making, taking into account the views of ratepayers.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Through consultation, seeking and implementing constructive and collaborative solutions to peak hour traffic congestion, particularly in relation to its impact on South Ward residents
  • Supporting and promoting high levels of accountability in governance systems underpinning the Town of Claremont’s operations
  • Ensuring close attention is given to environmental management and conservation of what I see as one of Claremont’s greatest assets – its Freshwater Bay foreshore

 

Name: Jill Goetze – did not respond

Name: Nicholas Cooke – did not respond

West

Name: Sara Franklyn.
Ward Contested: West ward
Phone: 0403003840
Email:  saramf1@bigpond.net.au.
Suburb of residence:  Swanbourne.

Political party membership: None

About me:
I have enjoyed living in the west ward for 26 years. I grew up in the South West and came to Perth to attend UWA, where I lived at St Georges College. I was a senior associate at a city law firm and in-house medical defence solicitor. I’m currently the managing director of Direct Reach Ethiopia. As a volunteer in an aid organisation, I have assisted extremely vulnerable children for 15 years. In this role, responsible financial and management skills are required to operate within a tight budget. I’m a regular dog walker, swimmer, hockey and tennis player. I have also been involved in club-bridge, surf lifesaving, and basketball. I also enjoy kayaking and have completed a solo Avon Descent.I have also coached and managed children’s hockey, basketball, and Nippers. My two children attended both local government and private schools. I’m an experienced, enthusiastic board member, communicator and problem solver.

Why I’m running for council:
I am the only candidate who lives in the west ward. I’m genuinely keen to work with community, the council and sporting groups to improve Claremont’s recreational facilities. As a person who actually uses many of Claremont’s sporting facilities, I understand the needs of sporting groups balanced with the impacts of these activities on surrounding communities. I’m keen to assist the “Swanbourne Village” fulfil its potential, while retaining its character and mature trees. Supporting local businesses creates a vibrant community hub. Footpaths, cycle-ways, bushland and streetscapes are all of interest. I regularly walk around the Lake Claremont area and enjoy the vistas, birdlife and paths enhanced by Claremont Council. I’m concerned to see solutions to traffic black spots, congestion and parking issues. Decisions should be made on merit, not on voting blocks. I am also committed to an efficient council with sound governance and the maintenance of low rate rises. 

My top three priorities:

  • Improving recreational facilities: cycle-ways, Claremont pool, Creswell Park, footpaths.
  • Responsible dog ownership with increased dog friendly exercise areas.
  • Traffic flow and parking management.

 

Name: Adeline Hayward – did not resopnd