Shire of Gingin 2017 local government election candidates

Shire of Gingin 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: Michael Aspinall
Phone: 0417 909 433
Email: aspinall@space.net.au
Suburb of residence: Seabird

Are you a member of a political party? No.

About me:
I have been a Gingin shire councillor since 2003, I have had the honour of representing the Shire as President. Through the process of community consultation gained a greater understanding of the community’s needs. As the Shire of Gingin continues to develop I will be working to attain better health, education and retail amenities, without losing the unique quality of rural and coastal living.
I am enthusiastic about working closely with the Community, council, CEO and staff on the implementation of the Shire’s Strategic Community Plan 2013-23 and look forward to its full implementation over the coming years. Over a number of years I have represented the Shire of Gingin on a number of boards and committees in areas of environmental, waste management at both State and Federal level.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe that the Shire of Gingin has a great future with its unique position close to the Perth metropolitan area with its coastal and rural living which we need to protect through sustainable long term planning.
Place-Based Approach service model
This has been discussed at Council and has been shown to have merit. Place-based approaches can be most simply defined as stakeholders engaging in a collaborative process to address issues as they are experienced within a neighbourhood or region. This approach I believe could bring about better health and educational services for the shire when working closely with the community.
I have been and will continue to work with all levels of Government to bring about opportunities to encourage business to locate in Gingin creating job opportunities. Transport and environment are other areas I am keen to see improved within the shire using State and Federal funds.

 

Name: Mr Kim Rule
Phone: 0417978998
Email: rule@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Gingin

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I consider myself fortunate to have grown up in the Shire of Gingin where my father operated the local trucking company. I attended school at Gingin and spent my summer holidays in Guilderton and Lancelin. I became a school teacher and taught in Melbourne and Hobart for some years before returning to Gingin with my wife Jennifer and our two daughters to take on my parents’ school bus business which they started in 1960. Though the school buses have kept me busy for the last 25 years, I enjoy engaging with the students and their families. I have spent five years on the board of the local Gingin Community Bank and I am a Justice of the Peace.

Why I’m running for council: 
The Shire of Gingin has given my family and I so much and I am very proud of this region. I am not a single-issue candidate, I just want to serve my community and see it grow and prosper. I believe I have the skills to listen and connect with the residents and to help implement long term solutions. The Shire of Gingin will face many unique challenges in the future and I am confident I can contribute to its development.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Aged Care facilities
  • Environmental protection
  • Small Business Development

 

Name: Frank Johnson
Phone: 9577 1640
Email: frankseabird@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Seabird

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
Now retired, my wife and I reside in Seabird where we are involved with the Seabird Progress Association, and played a part in obtaining the funding for the building of the seawall. I have worked in the Arts, in government, in Real Estate, and ran my own business; occupations that, I believe, provide me with the experience necessary to help local associations and business owners in their interactions with the Gingin Shire.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe that we need to encourage community associations and business owners to contribute ideas that will influence the decision making affecting their communities, facilities, and lifestyle. If elected I would liaise with both groups, and do all I can to help them achieve their goals by ensuring their concerns are heard.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Engage with communities.
  • Ensure their concerns are heard, and advocate for them in council.
  • Provide ongoing feedback and assistance.

 

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