City of Melville 2017 local government election candidates

City of Melville 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.

Applecross-Mount Pleasant

Name: Souzi Clifford
Ward contested: Applecross-Mt Pleasant
Phone: 0424 855 744
Email: souzit@hotmail.com

Suburb of residence: Mt Pleasant

Are you a member of a political party: Yes, Liberal Party

About me:
As an active community service volunteer for over eight years, I believe the ultimate purpose of Local Government is to represent the community and its concerns. As a business woman, coach and rotarian, I can provide Council with leadership skills, fresh ideas and innovation in business. I love connecting with people, discussing issues and finding ways to make our community an even more great place to live, work and raise a family. Presently women are underrepresented in local government. Use your vote to see more balanced representation this local election.

Why I’m running for council:
Talking to local businesses and residents, it’s clearly time for change. I’m running to represent and fight for ratepayers to have effective , transparent and accountable Council.  I am committed to :

  • Protect the river foreshore and oppose the wave park.
  • controlling rates and containing them within CPI.
  • Upgrade building facilities at Shirley Strickland Reserve.
  • Protect adjacent residents that are impacted by high rise developments.
  • Enhance infrastructure for an aging population.
  • Promote higher levels of safety and security.
  • Represent and be a voice for local residents and community groups.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Protect the river foreshore and oppose the wave park.
  • Upgrade building facilities at Shirley Strickland Reserve.
  • Fight for Leach and Canning Highway upgrade to alleviate traffic congestion.

 

Name: Steve Kepert
Ward contested: Applecross-Mt Pleasant
Phone: 0423 155 774
Email: steveformelvillecouncil@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Undisclosed

Are you a member of a political party: No

About Me:
I was born and raised in the City of Melville and have had a strong connection with every corner of the City for as long as I can remember.  I formally lived on Bombard Street, attended Mount Pleasant Primary School, scouts in Applecross, played junior cricket and touch rugby at Shirley Strickland Oval and football for Brentwood Booragoon FC.
My background in business consultancy follows experience in the public and private sectors. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from Curtin University specialising in leadership and organisational development.  In the 2017 State election I ran as an independent candidate for the new seat of Bicton. I was the first State candidate calling for a halt to the Perth Freight Link in favour of an expanded outer harbour in Kwinana and alternate transport infrastructure. In a few weeks my candidacy altered the policies of Labor, Liberal and Greens parties.

Why I’m running for council:
Melville council is in desperate need of an overhaul. Ratepayers are consistently ignored whilst our money is being wasted on silly pipe dreams, shonky developments and political ideology. At the same time our public spaces are constantly under threat for developments which do not have wide public approval. The fact that five councillors up for re-election have exposed the City to enormous financial and environmental risk in their support for a wave park at Alfred Cove should be a wake up call for all ratepayers to take greater interest in how their local government is run. It would be naïve for us to accept that vested interests and political ideology have not influenced councillors in their duties. A new council is needed to restore integrity and rebuild trust with the community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Reverse the council’s approval and financial support for the extremely risky and disruptive wave park at Alfred Cove.
  • Investigate a serious, long term solution to traffic congestion on Canning Highway.
  • Assist sporting clubs with optimal facilities and playing surfaces.

Name: Felix Rosario
Ward contested: Applecross-Mount Pleasant
Phone: 0402 377 974
Email: votefelixrosario@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Applecross

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I am a young gun only 25 years of age, I have a passion for community development and protecting the environment. I have a Bachelor of Science in eco-tourism from Murdoch University and am now finishing off further study in sustainable development. I have worked in natural area management for three years as well as many hours volunteering with community groups and re-vegetation.

Why I’m running for council:
I think it is important that when we make decisions for the future we have a few young people at the table and a mix of personalities. I plan on making decisions that are best for the community now and into the future, I want to communicate better with the community and be transparent in my decisions.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Making decisions in the best interest for the whole community
  • Creating a more sustainable city, through more bike lanes, more green spaces, renewable energy
  • Being an independent young voice on council

 

Name:   Cameron Schuster
Ward: Applecross Mount Pleasant
Phone: 0417 951 540 (mob) or 9316 8737 (home and bus)
E mail: schuster@bigpond.net.au
Suburb of Residence:  Mount Pleasant

Political Party:   Yes, Liberal Party

About me:
I have lived in Melville for over 30 years, and now live with Robin in Mount Pleasant. We have five adult children and four young grand-children. My professional career has been spent in the State public service (land management, disability services and environment protection) and the Wesfarmers Group, where I was the Sustainability Manager until late 2012. Since then I have operated my own consulting business, and until March 2017 I was a General Manager with Greening Australia (of which I am now a Life Member).
I have forest science and business degrees and serve as a Director on several Boards, including chairing Boards in the medical testing and fresh food industries and a voluntary Chair role with a Greening Australia sandalwood company.I am a passionate Australian and will always do my best to advance the best interests of our community and this great country we live in.

Why I am running for Council:
In the past four years I have worked hard with large numbers of people in the community, and achieved many positives for the City and its residents. I have always enjoyed contributing to communities wherever I have lived, be it P&Cs, sporting clubs, service clubs or other groups. Being a Councillor allows that involvement to continue on a broader scale.

Institutions like Councils design policies for the broader society, but often in the last four years I have come across individuals with a difficult problem that the existing policies can’t help with, whether it is building a house, noisy premises next door, or parking and traffic issues among many. I have taken these issues on with enthusiasm, and while not always achieving a successful outcome, the support I am able to give to individuals, not for votes because often only one or two people know, I find very rewarding personally.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To continue working hard to resolve the traffic issues on the main east/west roads in Melville [Leach and Canning Hwys; South Street; Farrington Road] and the suburban roads that connect to them;
  • To continue promoting and supporting the 3 bin Food and Organic waste collection system to be trialled in 7,000 Melville households from October 2017, which will increase recycling and composting rates and in the medium term reduce costs; and,
  • Now that the land exchanges with the South of Perth Yacht Club are nearly complete, progress planning and consultation to determine the future uses of the Heathcote lower land, how those uses could be integrated with the current Heathcote site, and how the work could be funded.

 

Bicton-Attadale-Alfred Cove

 

Name: June Barton
Ward contested: Bicton-Attadale-Alfred Cove
Phone: 9339 2973 or 0400 936 111
Email: MJuneBarton@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Bicton

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I have lived in Bicton for much of my life, my children were brought up here, and my grandchildren are growing up in different parts of the City. I have had wide experience in local government, both as an elected member and Mayor for two terms of the City of Melville and as a former officer of an adjoining City. I am a trained nurse, midwife and social worker, now retired from my position as Children’s Services Manager and able to make a full-time commitment to the ward and to voluntary duties such as Melville Cares and the JP signing centre. I am totally independent of party politics and commercial interests. Many of you know from your own experience that I have personal integrity and provide strong leadership, the kind of person who listens, helps and speaks up strongly in favour of our community and in supporting individuals.

Why I’m running for council:
There have been several issues during my current term where widely held and strongly expressed community views have not been reflected in subsequent council decisions. I am keen to use my experience and my extensive knowledge of the City of Melville and the diverse issues and situations that arise in its local government to assist the freshly-elected council in formulating policies and making decisions that meet the expectations of the ratepayers and residents of my ward.

I wish to encourage council to develop a culture of building closer and more sensitive interactions with the community, avoiding conflict and promoting mutual respect and trust. This will facilitate consultation on new proposals to generate plans that will be both acceptable to the community and have the long-term sustainability required by council. Melville will then be better able to resist external pressures from government and business interests for unacceptable planning outcomes.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Oppose loss of public open space, sports fields, community  facilities and amenities, and local heritage.
  • Support neighbourhood hubs like sports clubs, playgroups and senior citizens’ centres which are being weakened or lost as larger district centres and sporting complexes are established.
  • Encourage residential developments to be more sustainable and have fewer adverse community impacts by including more off-street parking  and reducing the associated amenity loss in neighbouring homes, with infill development a particular issue in this ward.

 


Name: John Watters
Ward contested: Bicton-Attadale-Alfred Cove
Phone: 0447 633 353
Email: johnwatters@westnet.com.au
Suburb of residence: East Fremantle caring for aging parents, though our family residence is situated in the City of Melville (hence eligibility to stand as a candidate).

Are you a member of a political party? 
It is my view that local Government is not a State or Federal playground and my position is independent on all matters.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m standing to provide an engaging, energetic and enthusiastic approach which firmly considers the needs of all residents. Professionally, as a local high school administrator, I have forged a reputation as a strong leader who willingly consults with the local community. I am accountable and support transparent, evidence based decision making which considers the needs of all stakeholders.

I stand on my reputation for hard work, honesty and integrity that is known to many through my involvement in local schools with my two children, as well as clubs associated with netball, football and as Chairperson of the Melville Little Athletics as well as a former State and National Champion. My inspiration comes from my love of this City and my desire to share this passion with you. I will strive to bring a new direction to this new ward for the benefit of every resident I hope to serve.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Independent, process driven decision making.
  • A safe, accessible and sustainable community for all residents.
  • Accountability and transparency

Bull Creek-Leeming

 

Name: Marie Curtis
Ward Contested: Bull Creek-Leeming
Phone: 0403 046 982
Email: marie@bullcreekwa.com
Suburb of residence: Bull Creek

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I have grown up south of the river, attending East Fremantle Primary School and Rossmoyne High School. My family home has been in Bull Creek for 23 years and is much loved. When I left school, I went to work underground in Kalgoorlie, which was in hindsight the best thing for me. I learned respect and team work in extreme environments, over 1km down. In the dark and under pressure you experience all the best and worst parts of humanity. To be home in 6149 and back in the light is wonderful beyond words. As I have grown older, I have come to appreciate the contributions from so many people ,that helped build our community into what it is today. A healthy, happy place with good people. It would be a great opportunity to put all the lessons I have learned to work for 6149 to build a future for the next generation.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe it is important for the community to have local people who grew up in the area in council. Politics is best left at a state and federal level and I have never been a member of a political party. For many years Leeming and Bull Creek has not had dedicated practical people who listen on Council. I want to represent 6149 because it is my home and I care about the community who live here. It is vital that ratepayers get value for money and open transparent government. A Councillor’s job is to listen to the community, then achieve results on their behalf. Democracy starts at a street level with good people working together to achieve common goals.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Completing underground power and securing the grid in 6149.
  • Preserve green space and bushland – build tree canopy to 40 per cent to help 6149 cope with climate change.
  • Participate in transparent government and being accountable to the community.

 

Name: Clive Robartson
Ward: Bull Creek-Leeming
Phone: 0419 048 556
Email: crobarts@bigpond.net.au
Suburb of residence: Bull Creek

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I have now retired from the full time workforce having worked in the Public Service for 40 years as a Laboratory Technologist at the Department of Agriculture. I had a brief stint in the Australian Army as a Medic and served overseas in South Vietnam for one year. I live with my wife Cherryl at the RAAF Association Estate in Bull Creek and I am vice president of the State Division of the Association. I have served as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor on the City of Melville for some decades and believe I have made a significant contribution to the City and to Local Government at large. I have served as President of the WA Local Government Association and as a Director of the Australian Local Government Association. There is little doubt that Melville is the leading Local Authority in WA and I aim to keep it that way.

Why I am running for Council:
The challenge of continuing to be part of a dynamic local government that has a clear vision and values, is financially secure with a flair for business excellence and yet a passion for it’s people and the environment are the things that attract me to the City of Melville. I look forward in continuing as an Elected Member.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • maintain the City’s strong financial position and keep rates at CPI levels
  • ensure a safe and green environment supporting the Urban Forrest Strategy
  • supporting the Age Friendly Cities program with Melville continuing to lead in WA

 

 

 

Central Ward

Name: Rebecca Aubrey
Ward contested: Central
Phone: 0400 768 326
Email: raubrey_87@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Undisclosed

Are you a member of a political party: Yes, Liberal Party

About me:
I am a 30-year-old legal professional and board member who enjoys engaging with the local community and achieving positive outcomes on their behalf. I have grown up in the City of Melville and hope to one day raise my own children here and therefore seek to ensure that it remains a wonderful place to live into the future. While I have achieved successes in my professional career, for the past four years, council has been my priority and will continue to be into the future.

Why I’m running for council:
I am seeking re-election because I consider that I am the best voice for the people of Ardross, Booragoon, Myaree and Winthrop. My qualifications in law, accounting and governance along with my eagerness to make the City of Melville a desirable place for old and young, means I have the motivation, experience and expertise to the fulfill the role of a Councillor better than my competitors. I currently represent the City of Melville on a number of state boards and committees, giving a greater voice to our residents, a voice that will be lost if I am not re-elected.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Minimising rate increases whilst maintaining services by seeking alternative sources of revenue for our City.
  • Continuing to rigorously pursue a viable solution to the unsafe and ever-increasing traffic congestion in our City.
  • Ensuring development is focused around transport corridors and activity centres, preserving our residential areas for the quiet enjoyment of families

 

 

Name: Katy Mair
Ward contested: Central
Phone: 0419 916 053
Email: katymair55@gmail.com

Suburb of residence: Booragoon

Are you a member of a political party: Liberal Party

About me:
University educated with a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education. Self employed with years of business experience as well as considerable involvement in the recreational fitness industry, I understand the importance of supporting our business community as well as providing opportunities for residents to pursue healthy active lifestyles. I currently chair three retirement villages’ Advisory Boards which gives me a broad understanding of issues pertaining to seniors and their needs as well as understanding the importance of keeping our communities age-friendly.
I was instrumental in setting up Neighbourhood Watch in the City of Melville through co-operation with WA Police and while I was Mayor, the Community Security Service commenced. I served as councillor for two terms and Mayor for three terms giving me a strong background in local government issues and an understanding that ‘putting people first’ results in the best outcomes for residents and communities. 

Why I’m running for council:
I was motivated to run for Council because of amalgamations of Melville Bowling and Mt Pleasant Bowling Clubs and their grounds being earmarked for a commercial wave park and residential developments. If we are going to have an Urban Forest in the City of Melville, we need green public open space to achieve an environmentally sustainable future and for the health and well being of our community. Both bowling club’s land should form part of that plan.
I am also concerned about building heights in the Canning Bridge area and the Alcoa site next to Garden City. These towering apartments 15 storeys to 22 storeys, will cause overlooking and have significant traffic impacts on our already busy streets and highway. We need to review these precincts. Commercial developments’ clients are parking in streets so we need to ensure that developments have adequate space for on-site parking before being approved. 

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To ensure that the Wave Park application on the Alfred Cove foreshore is reviewed
  • To protect public open space, sporting and community facilities from becoming development sites and retain green public open space
  • To ensure building heights are not excessive and off street parking is enforced for commercial developments

Name: Callum Prior
Ward contested: Central
Phone: 0412 332 665
Email: callum@firstagainstthewall.net
Suburb of residence: Booragoon

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
Callum Prior has over 10 years’ experience working with local councils to make their communities better places to live, work, and play. He spent six years as a Community Development Officer for the City of Melville, where he developed Project Robin Hood, which lets residents propose and vote for community projects the Council should fund. He has since worked as a Place Facilitator at the City of Adelaide, and Place Development Facilitator for City of Wanneroo.

The common theme in Callum’s work is empowering communities and developing strong partnerships through local government. He knows firsthand the importance of involving local communities in decision making, and wants the City of Melville’s council to listen to and collaborate with its residents and businesses every step of the way. Callum lives in Booragoon with his partner Adelaide and their son Hero, where they enjoy gardening and family board games nights.

Why I’m running for council:
I’ve worked in or with local governments for over a decade. In that time I’ve often been frustrated at the “no because” attitude that’s unfortunately prevalent. We’ve become gatekeepers rather than facilitators. I want to get to “yes if” and work with our communities as a partner, not a parent. I’m incredibly passionate about the untapped opportunities in our community, and I’ve spent my career developing the skills needed to facilitate positive change in local government.

I’ve had some extraordinary opportunities in my personal and professional life, specifically around creating engaged and thriving communities. I care deeply about my city, and I want to put myself forward as a resource both the city and the community can draw on.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • More effective engagement and collaboration with our community.
  • A focus on place, placemaking, and place activation as a way to build capacity in the community and create great places.
  • Supporting community led change, and direct involvement in the governance of our city.

Palmyra-Melville-Willagee

 

Name: Peter Best
Ward contested: Palmyra- Melville- Willagee
Phone: 9337 4022
Email: peter.best@data365.com.au
Suburb of residence: Willagee

Are you a member of a political party: Undisclosed

About me:
I live in Willagee with my wife and our grand-daughter. I volunteer every week as justice of the peace, as school canteen treasurer and Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator. I’m a life member of a junior cricket club and supporter and sponsor of a football club. As past WA Standards Panel member I have a strong focus on good governance. My experience is in corporate, NGO and local government roles, including as a board member of the Royal Association of Justices WA and as an elected councillor.
I own a local IT business and use local contractors. My qualifications are in science, business, finance and mediation. I support refugee and environmental programs. I enjoy leading bushwalks in the Perth Hills, especially in wildflower season. This month I’ll be doing the Oxfam 100 Km fundraiser walk. I am not part of any faction. I promise to work together with all councillors and residents.

Why I’m running for council:
Trust, between council, staff and community, is the key value that I will work to rebuild. I want to develop regular events for residents to talk openly with councillors and to work together to  take this City an even better place. I have the experience and training to do this. Council data should be publicly accessible, in compliance with WA State Policy. This includes finance, traffic, environment and planning. My own expenses and gifts register will be open to public view. I’ll work to get council meetings broadcast on the internet.
Council’s decisions are remote, hidden and not representative. I want to introduce mandatory training for councillors to improve their understanding of finance, governance and consultation. I want to have a reputation as a councillor that you can call at any time. I promise to listen to you.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Reverse the impending destruction of Senior Citizens facilities across the City, or develop alternative venues.
  • Hold open, public meetings every month so residents can speak freely with their Councillors.
  • Improve the quality of Council decision- making, through training and responsible leadership.

Name: Adam Hewber
Ward contested: Palmyra-Melville-Willagee
Phone: 0433 921 376
Email: ahewber@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Palmyra

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
Adam has lived with a disability since birth. He was encouraged to be tough and this helped immensely in both his business and private lives. Many people with a disability never get a chance to fully participate in community activities. Adam decided to create his own opportunities by achieving an Arts degree and Diplomas in Fine Arts and Counselling. By seeking opportunities to become a meaningful contributor to the community he achieved his passion for helping people.

He is heavily involved in the local community as a volunteer member of the Disability Advisory Committee, Melville Talks, Melville Cares, Bicton Men’s Shed, and as Rocky Bay Ambassador, as well as being a member of the management committee of People with Disability WA. With commitment, determination and resilience Adam is now directing his energy towards achieving the best outcome for the residents of the Palmyra-Melville-Willagee ward by becoming a Melville City councillor.

Why I’m running for council:
I seek your support to become your independent voice on council. By consulting, listening and caring I will work with you to ensure you enjoy the lifestyle and well-being you deserve. I am hearing your expectations. More support for families through road safety, crime prevention and rate minimisation and support for seniors, the young and the disabled. To plan for an anticipated population increase that considers the environmental and sociological impact on the community and to improve our open spaces. I will embrace the challenge to provide better services and facilities for people of all ages by carefully considering the issues before council and insuring that new developments do not mean a loss of residential amenity.
 will continue to listen to your concerns and encourage the young to become more involved.  Melville is a great City; by working together we can make our City even better.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Help achieve greater community cohesion and consideration for those less fortunate
  • Good governance that benefits the whole community rather than minority pressure groups.
  • More support for families with an emphasis on the younger generation

Name: Patricia Phelan
Ward contested: Palmyra-Melville-Willagee
Phone: 0419 924 850
Email: patriciaphelan@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Willagee

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I lived in Willagee in my younger days and after many of life’s adventures, returned to Willagee in 1992. We are semi-retired and as a parent and now grandparent, I recognise the wants and needs of all ages, such as safety, leisure, sport and community support  for the vulnerable and less-abled. I want to ensure that our children and theirs to come, will be able to enjoy living in our suburbs as much as we do. I have been honoured with two Distinguished Service Awards and an award for Long and Outstanding Service to the communty in council covering 19 years over two terms. I am a Neighbourhood Watch Committee member and volunteer and chair the Safer Melville Advisory Committee.

Why I’m running for council:
In nominating, I offer my time, experience, knowledge and commitment to represent the needs of the Palmyra-Melville-Willagee Ward. I fought for and achieved design guidelines and height limitations to restrict negative impacts of increased density in residential streets. Now I am keen to continue safeguarding our neighbourhood amenity and community wellbeing with a balanced approach to planning development. I fully support the Urban Forest Strategy to increase leisure and green spaces to compensate for vegetation loss from redevelopment. In addition to on-going upgrades and improvements to existing facilities, sporting amenities and our aging and much loved parks, my focus will remain on delivering connectedness in the community by promoting video streaming of council meetings, public safety, increased CCTV surveillance, effective traffic management and improvements to youth and seniors’ interest and services.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • A balanced approach to town planning to protect the amenity and cohesiveness in our suburbs.
  • Effective traffic management with regular audits to ensure that safety on our roads is aligned to the increase in population and cars.
  • Public safety including increased CCTV surveillance in vulnerable areas.

Name: Philip Scott
Ward contested: Palmyra-Melville-Willagee
Phone: 0404 642524
Email: pscott4melvillecouncil@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Melville

Are you a member of a political party: Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

About me:
Currently self -employed in the transport industry my work experience has also covered insurance underwriting, market research and retail. In my youth I studied law which gave me an understanding of administrative procedures relating to Local Government. Over ten years ago my family moved to the City of Melville, a decision we have never regretted.

I’m interested in the local sports clubs and also activities for the elderly and disadvantaged. In the past I played tennis, football and hockey but now my sporting interests are more spectator-focused and I follow the Willagee Bears Rugby League Club. It’s great to see the rich cultural mix in the club and the unity. I like to keep informed of current affairs, both local and international. We are blessed to live in a nation that has been built around freedom and democracy – something we should never take for granted.

Why I am running for council:
Councils need to focus on basic services of rates, roads and rubbish. Stay away from issues that are not the preserve of Councils and keep political ambitions outside. Elected officials are servants of the residents and should neither be the puppet of political lobby groups or the pawn of the status quo. Quality decisions in the interests of all should be made without fear or favour. Once decisions have been made officials should work as a team and respect due process. Sound financial management, community friendly development, services for the elderly and vulnerable are essential.

I dislike high rise development and the power tribunals have to override council. The current system of verge collection is unsightly and my preference would be skip bins. I will be an independent voice on Council , listening to all sides and not having a predetermined position on issues. People before politics.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • People before politics
  • Sound governance with fiscal responsibility
  • Collaboration not confrontation

Name: Karen Wheatland
Ward contested: Palmyra-Melville-Willagee
Phone: 0401 335 642
Email: karenwheatland@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Willagee

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

About me:
Karen Wheatland lives in Willagee, with her partner Greg, and is Mum to two teenage girls. Karen has a strong commitment to social justice and supporting kids in sport. Karen works on a tugboat in Fremantle. She is on the executive at Fremantle Netball Association, coaches for the Palmyra Rebels, and is a team official for a Coastal Netball Region’s State League team. Karen is a member of the Allied Merchant Seamen’s Association, marching with them each year on ANZAC Day.

She has fought hard to stand up as a worker, a woman, as a blue-collar woman in a male dominated environment, as a leader and as a parent. Karen has always been that person who has tried to empower and set a positive example for her children and others to follow. Also she is an advocate for women’s rights, and a strong advocate for ending violence against women, men and children.  

Why I’m running for council:
I would like to see a stronger shift by our city to maintain sporting fields and courts without that cost being born by clubs. There needs to be a larger focus on getting kids in sport and other activities they love, and keeping them in those activities as they get older. I am a firm believer that if can keep kids active and occupied, then there is less chance of them falling prey to anti-social behaviour. I’m passionate about making our suburbs healthy, vibrant and well-connected places to live, work, raise a family and retire. I will fight for greater transparency and accountability, bringing council to the community, and engaging residents more in councils decisions and debates. I want to work constructively and cooperatively with other councillors to plan for our city’s future, deliver value for ratepayers’ money and provide quality services and facilities for our community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Foster and encourage greater honesty and transparency through regular updates and communication out to, and back from, the community.
  • Protect our community clubs, both sporting and interest-based, and help them remain in the communities where they have always been.
  • Plan for the future together for the benefit of everyone and to be a part of the planning of our communities whereby community involvement is active and greater than has been. 

 

Name: Alan Fairhead
Ward contested: Palmyra-Melville-Willagee
Phone: 0421 337 266
Email: alan.fairhead@internode.on.net
Suburb of residence: Palmyra

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I am a 43-year-old proud father of a baby daughter, Savannah, and a loving partner to Tammy. We have been living in Palmyra for many years and cannot think of any better location to raise our family. I have a real sense of community, and I fully understand how greatly a community may prosper when a large group of people work together to reach a common goal. I believe this goal should be to enhance our health and wellbeing, now, and for future generations that choose to live in our wonderful community. I am also a committed and passionate person who will advocate strongly to bring sustainable change to our community. In times of uncertainty, we need a stable voice who will improve community perception and trust within your council. I will bring a fresh and novel approach to council to revitalise our collective sense of community.

Why I’m running for council:
I am an enthusiastic and passionate, dedicated family man residing in Palmyra. I am running for council as I believe in purposefully supporting and helping communities. I am an active participant across various community fundraising events, and have always maintained a community-oriented focus nurtured throughout 25 years’ service in the public sector, including vast, strategic expertise within a policing and community safety environment.
I am an exceptionally well organised and outcomes focused individual. I am a strong advocate for not simply applying band aid solutions to complex long term problems. I will be extremely vocal on areas that enrich community health and wellbeing. I believe in creating opportunities that build community resilience, solidarity, and relationships across all demographics, from young families to our respected senior citizens. As your local councillor, I will bring compassion, energy, commitment, and loyalty to the role.

My top three priorities if elected:

• Work with our community to improve our health and wellbeing.
• Improve accessibility, openness and transparency to council deliberations.
• Incentivise our community to become more resilient and sustainable.

 

 

Bateman-Kardinya-Murdoch

Name:  Matt Bruyninckx
Ward contested: Bateman-Kardinya-Murdoch Ward
Phone: Undisclosed
Email: Contact@mattbruyninckx.com
Suburb of residence: Bateman

Are you a member of a political party: No 

About me:
I am Matt Bruyninckx, a husband, father, IT professional, volunteer, and your candidate in the City of Melville for Bateman-Kardinya-Murdoch ward. My wife, 4-year-old daughter and I live in Bateman and enjoy cycling around the river, seeing this beautiful city of ours, and having delicious food and drinks at one of the many cafes around Melville. When I’m not spending time with my family, I am a volunteer and current President of Booragoon Rotary, as well as involving myself in other charities and volunteer events.

In my professional life, I work in IT and have done so for over the past decade, continually learning and improving. As an employee in the public sector I am passionate about efficiency and open and honest communication, as I believe these are key to delivering the greatest value for the public, both financially and in building community.

Why I’m running for council:
As a resident of Melville and raising my family here I am keen to be involved in the community, and be part of a council that is focused on transparency, financial and environmental sustainability and high-quality support and services for all residents. Open and transparent communication with our community is my top priority. There has been a lot of debate and many differing opinions in recent times, and I want to ensure that all voices are heard.

It is my goal to connect with the people of Melville and work towards breaking down barriers between the community and the council. I believe the community deserves full and transparent consultation on any large projects. The council is here to represent the people of Melville, and that representation means operating in the best interests and delivering the best outcomes for the city, its residents, ratepayers and local businesses.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Financial accountability; I will work with the city staff to ensure the best financial outcomes
  • Support sustainable and environmental initiatives in the city
  • Increase council transparency and accountability

Name: Nicole Foxton
Ward contested: Bateman-Kardinya-Murdoch
Phone: 0430 365 848
Email: nicole.foxton@live.com.au
Suburb of residence: Undisclosed

Are you a member of a political party: Undisclosed

About me:
I have lived in the City of Melville all my life, completing all my study within my ward, at Kardinya Primary School, Somerville Baptist College and Murdoch University. I now teach mathematics at a secondary school in Murdoch. It brings me great joy to see my students develop into responsible, successful young adults throughout their time at high school. I recently got married and have two small dogs named Max and Leo. My hobbies are camping, watching AFL and reading.

Why I’m running for council:
When I was a high school student, I got involved in the City of Melville’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC). My involvement with the YAC led to my passion for community and for helping others. I love seeing different people from across the community coming together to work towards achieving a  shared goal. I am passionate about making sure people enjoy where they live, work and play.

For this to be achieved, local government must work with residents to provide quality services, and ensure concerns are addressed. Councillors are the link between local government administration and the community, so it is important that councillors can listen to residents and work with them towards outcomes which improve our quality of life. I have the skills necessary to consider residents’ views and examine all relevant information before making a decision. I believe it is important for young people to be represented on the council.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Low rates and quality services – ensuring our rates remain as low as possible, whilst maintaining a high level of service to residents
  • Smart planning – allowing high density in appropriate areas will allow our low density residential areas to remain as they are
  • For residents of today and tomorrow – making decisions that benefit today’s ratepayers whilst also planning for a strong future for generations to come

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