Town of East Fremantle 2017 local government election candidates

Town of East Fremantle 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: Cliff Collinson
Ward: Mayor for the Town of East Fremantle
Phone: 9339 6452
Email: cr.collinson@eastfremantle.wa.gov.au
Suburb of residence: East Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one: Green

About me:
I am a retired schoolteacher who has been a resident of the town for 32 years. I have been a Councillor for 10 years and in that time served on numerous council committees. I have been actively involved in numerous community and environmental groups over the years (Radio Fremantle, Oxfam, Greens, Fremantle Society, and Waste Recycling Education Network). I actively fought amalgamation whilst the current Mayor was happy to amalgamate with Fremantle.

Why I’m running for council:
• I stand for genuine community interest over self-interest.
• Ensuring the town’s built heritage, character and residential amenities are protected.
• Preserving and enhancing the river foreshore.
• Advocating for improved facilities and services for sporting clubs and community groups.
• Working with community to make the East Fremantle Oval precinct into a more community space including connecting Locke Park to the oval.
• Environmental sustainability including greenhouse gas reductions.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Ensuring the town’s built heritage, character and residential amenities are protected.
  • Working with community to make the East Fremantle Oval precinct into a more community space including connecting Locke Park to the oval.
  • Environmental sustainability including greenhouse gas reductions.

 

Name: Jim O’Neill
Ward: Mayor for the Town of East Fremantle
Phone: 0413211873
Email: jim.oneill@live.com
Suburb of residence: East Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one? No

About me:
I have lived in East Fremantle for 32 years with my wife Suzanne. Our four adult daughters grew up here and all attended Richmond Primary School. I am an administrator at a large government high school. I have coached little athletics and am a member of the East Fremantle Tennis Club and social member of the East Fremantle Bowling Club and enjoy walking our dogs in the Town. We love travelling and experiencing different cultures. I strongly believe in a community that is inclusive and cares for all members of our society from children, the disadvantaged and elderly. I have been on Council for a total of 16 years. I do not belong to any political party and have and will always put East Fremantle first. I care passionately about the environment and have led Council to ban single use plastic bags and focus on protecting our Swan River.

Why I’m running:
As Mayor I have presided over a hard working, cohesive and productive Council. We have engaged a new CEO with a focus on improving our customer service and infrastructure. I want to improve the appearance of our Town and maintain our excellent financial position with zero debt. We have re-engaged with the community and introduced community grant schemes. I successfully represented the Town in opposing the Perth Freight Link, convinced the Department of Defence to engage with the community over the sale of Leeuwin Barracks and will work with the community to ensure a sympathetic development of the Royal George. I want to speed up the footpath replacement program including Canning Highway and further improve the river and foreshore, continue funding to our community and sporting bodies including Glyde-In and establish a Men’s Shed. I have a proven record and experience to get the best outcomes for our Town.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Keep East Fremantle as a great place to live and ensure all residents feel valued and listened to.
  • Protect our environment including the Swan River and improve our green planting.
  • Continue to improve our services and facilities whilst ensuring sound financial management

 

 

Plympton

Name: Matilda O’Neill
Ward contested: Plympton
Phone: 0422688511
Email: matildas.oneill96@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: East Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one? No

About me:
I was born at Woodside Hospital and have grown up in East Fremantle. I especially love the Plympton area with the George Street precinct and the heritage homes. I am in my final years of study at Curtin University majoring in International Relations and Business. This includes studying a variety of areas such as social justice and human rights, economics, anthropology and Australian international relations in the global political sphere, in particular trade and foreign affairs.  I began my studies at the University of Western Australia in Urban and Regional Planning however after spending most of my adult years travelling to numerous countries around the world found my passion lay in international diplomacy.  However my interest in town planning and local government has persisted and I would love to represent the community as a local government councillor.

Why I’m running for council:
I am nominating to represent the Plympton ward as councillor for the Town of East Fremantle. Having grown up in and spent my entire life as resident in this town I feel very passionate about its’ uniqueness, beauty and lifestyle which I am determined to maintain for the future generations. However while I would like to see East Fremantle’s heritage preserved, I believe it is important to also be forward thinking and cater for the future, in particular emphasizing sustainability and recycling. I would also like to see local business supported whilst maintaining a healthy balance between business and residence.  In addition to this I believe we must recognise there is a serious lack of representation of both the female and younger demographic in local councils. Something I would like to help change so that we see the interests of all members of the community represented in council.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Exploring ideas of sustainability, waste reduction and recycling throughout the town
  • Look at installing a self cleaning, safe, family friendly toilet at Glasson Park
  • Making George street more pedestrian and bike friendly by providing more shade and public seating, with a renovated Royal George as its’ centre piece

 

Preston Point

Name: Michael McPhail
Ward contested: Preston Point Ward
Phone: 0404 979 273
Email: michael@mcphail.biz
Suburb of residence: East Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one?: I am. However, I believe party politics has no place in local government.

About me:
I’ve lived in the Town for 20+ years; I grew up in East Fremantle. Over those two decades, I’ve experienced the Town very differently to most other Councillors. I took my first steps here. I learned to play amongst our foreshore. I cycled to class at Richmond Primary; I marched as an Air Force Cadet at the Leeuwin Barracks; I recently purchased my first home here. I deeply enjoy contributing to this community and couldn’t think of a nicer place to live. Serving as Preston Point Ward Councillor for the last four years has been a privilege. I’ve found my skills and town planning knowledge particularly useful in mediating contentious planning issues, and for guiding how we plan the future of Leeuwin Barracks.

Qualifications:
BSc (Hons)[Urban and Regional Planning]
Australian Institute of Company Directors (Graduate)
Leadership WA Signature Program (2017)

Why I’m running for council:
A tight-knit community like ours deserves a welcoming, proactive local government. It has been most satisfying to play a role in beginning that transformation over the last four years. We are probably half-way through delivering that, which is exciting. The next four years are about delivering major projects:

  • Developing a community-shaped, costed masterplan for East Fremantle Oval in 2018 will be crucial to resolving this long-running issue.
  • Planning for Leeuwin Barracks will intensify after an impending decision from Defence. Done well, this will provide affordable housing for younger people, and opportunities to age in place.
  • Sensibly working with the new owners of the Royal George to achieve it’s restoration and sensitive redevelopment.
  • Delivering a re-aligned Riverside Road to increase useable space for foreshore-side recreation.

I’m deeply excited by the unprecedented opportunity ahead for East Fremantle, and the Town’s new capacity to make the most of it.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Ensuring Leeuwin Barracks develops into an example of exceptional urban design and sustainability.
  • Increasing investment in footpath renewal.
  • Developing a masterplan for the upgrade of Merv Cowan Park and Bicentennial Falls.

 

Name: Tony Natale
Ward: Preston Point
Phone: 0419 929 825
Email: tonynatale@iprimus.com.au
Suburb of residence: East Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one? No

About me:
I have lived in the Preston Point ward with my family for over 20 years. During this time, I have volunteered with various sporting clubs, school groups and other committees within the surrounding district. These positions included school board treasurer, club registrar, council liaison and senior coaching. Professionally, I have built a career in procurement assisting organisations develop and manage commercial contracts, delivering positive outcomes for businesses and more recently a large metropolitan council. My operational experience in Local Government will assist the council to deliver a responsible and effective budget in the future.

Why I’m running for council:
As a local candidate, I am attuned to the local issues affecting the Preston Point ward. With my experience and strong passion for sustainability, I believe that council can lead, educate and consult on key issues impacting the environment, the residents social needs and the local economic challenges. With significant projects, such as the development of the Leeuwin Barrack site, I will work to protect the unique lifestyle of East Fremantle while balancing the future needs of the Town. I am committed to retain East Fremantle unique character and sense of place with openness, integrity, service and accountability. I have the energy, drive and consultative experience to represent the residents of East Fremantle.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • The protection and maintenance of the Swan River foreshore;
  • The reduction of traffic congestion and road issues within the Town;
  • The sustainable development of the Leeuwin Barracks site;

 

Name: Kerry Donovan
Ward: Preston Point
Phone: 0407985832
Email: donovk@westnet.com.au
Suburb of Residence: East Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one? No

About me:
I have lived in East Fremantle for the past forty years I enjoy many things about what the Town offers, in particular being within walking distance to the river and foreshore, sporting facilities the George Street Precinct and the Glyde-in Community Centre.  Over the years I have been involved with different sporting clubs and associations and for many years supported the junior and senior football club as an enthusiastic mother. In 2014 I retired from a senior executive positon with Challenger Institute of Technology I was part of the executive team responsible for policy development, financial and people management, infrastructure and compliance. I currently serve on three management committees with St John of God Murdoch Hospital for the governance of consumer engagement.  I have also been a volunteer for the Fremantle Citizens Advice Bureau and the Maritime Museum.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m a proud resident of East Fremantle and a supporter of community involvement where all residents are encouraged to take part in the future development of the Town.  East Fremantle is a vibrant and diverse community and we need to be inclusive when planning for future developments such as the East Fremantle Oval which could be a hub for community involvement from the young to the old.  It is important to get the balance right between residential dwellings and open spaces for the Leeuwin Barracks and the Oval to ensure that the areas are integrated with the district to provide amenity to all residents. I have the desire, commitment, experience and skills to represent all ratepayers and at the same time ensure that revenue from ratepayers is managed sensibly.  I would support and encourage local businesses as economic development needs to be an integral part of what the Town does.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Oval Precinct Masterplan to meet the needs of a wide section of the community young to old
  • Leeuwin Barracks getting the balance right between residential and open space
  • Value for money on Town expenditure and support local businesses

 

Richmond

Name: Martin Spencer
Ward: Richmond Ward
Phone: 0439699377
Email: martinspencerforrichmond@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: East Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one? Greens (WA)

About me:
I have lived in East Fremantle for over 18 years with my wife and three boys. I am a Strategic Urban Planner and a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.
My strengths are in
• urban planning;
• transport planning;
• community engagement; and
• mediation.
I am a strong advocate of sustainable transport and development and have many years of experience working with the community to achieve their aspirations. I have worked with local schools to introduce walking school buses and other TravelSmart initiatives. I have been involved in local sporting clubs including the Fremantle Hockey Club where I have held committee positions for 20 years including President for four years. I bring my passion for equality and justice, active listening and belief in the power of community.

Why I’m running for council:
I am passionate about community involvement. I have spent many years encouraging and assisting others to become involved in their community. Now that I have relinquished my involvement in the administration at Hockey, it is time to stand up and become more involved with my community at a political level. The skills I have in urban and transport planning can benefit the decisions that will need to be made in the next few years with major developments and negotiations associated with the Royal George Hotel, Leeuwin Barracks, Outer Harbor and High Street and Stirling Highway upgrades. I would also like to support sustainable community initiatives such as ‘Town Teams’ to assist with place making our commercial centres and other community groups that wish to become involved in making their community a better place to live.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Support implementation of an urban forest strategy,
  • Improve community infrastructure for Richmond Ward and East Fremantle, and
  • Work with the community to initiate a ‘Town Team’ and other community groups.

 

 

Name: Andrew McPhail
Ward: Richmond Ward
Phone: 0412 936 772
Email: andrew@mcphail.biz
Suburb of residence: East Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one?: No

About me:
My family and I have lived in East Fremantle for 22 years. As Managing Director of a long-established CPA accounting practice, I have served as Treasurer of East Fremantle Junior Football Club, and other private and not-for-profit companies. I am dedicated to preserving and improving East Fremantle’s unique heritage, amenity and lifestyle. My day-to-day work is concerned mainly with identifying how to improve business and financial management, productivity and efficiency. Principles of fairness and integrity are important to me, and they’ve been essential qualities in the turnaround successes I’ve been fortunate to be involved in. I bring this same approach in my dealings as a Councillor. It has been a pleasure and privilege to be part of the council’s revitalisation over the last two years, and I feel fortunate that my financial, management and business experience has been useful to executive staff and my fellow Councillors in this transformation.

Why I’m running for council:
East Fremantle’s transformation of its management and service to ratepayers is a work in progress. I find such changes tend to take about two to three plus years, so we are probably half way through and I’d like to see it to its finalisation. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to contribute my business, financial and management knowledge and experience for the benefit of my community. My past two years’ service in an ever increasingly cohesive and productive council has been a very positive experience, and I feel an obligation to continue contributing to further changes and improvements. The last two years have been about reviewing and establishing modern business practices and creating strategic plans for the management of the Town’s assets and reserves. The next four years are about actually delivering on these, in particular Leeuwin Barracks, Royal George and East Fremantle Oval, whilst maintaining our strong financial position and management.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Ensure ongoing strong financial management and value for rates
  • Increasing investment in footpath renewal
  • Securing sensible and achievable redevelopment of Leeuwin Barracks, East Fremantle Oval and Royal George Hotel.

 

Name: Dr Robert Petanceski
Ward: Richmond
Phone: 93010101
Email: petanceski@yahoo.com
Suburb of residence: East Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one?: Liberal Democrats

About me:
I have lived in East Fremantle with my wife and three daughters for nine years. I grew up in Wollongong and studied medicine in the University of NSW Sydney. I moved to Perth and finished my training in Orthopaedic surgey. I currently work as an orthopaedic surgeon in private practice at St John of God Hospital Murdoch.  I am a keen runner and cyclist. I play tennis at the local club. I have been involved in local area health in the past. I plan to stay in the area in the foreseeable future.

Why I’m running for council:
My contribution to the area is committed. East Fremantle is a wonderful area that suits many families and needs to be maintained and developed accordingly. The character should be  maintained without overdevelopment. As a councillor I will endeavour to advocate an ethical and fair council that positions itself well for future challenges. This means broad collaboration with the community on a range of important issues.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Environmental and community health
  • Aesthetic and practical development
  • Strategic planning

Woodside

 

Candidates who did not respond:

Jenny Harrington
Julie Amor
Stephen Green