City of Stirling 2017 local government election candidates

City of Stirling 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.

Doubleview

Name: Les Atkins
Ward contested: Doubleview
Phone: 0419 956 420
Email: 
goldsurf55@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: 
Tuart Hill

Are you a member of any political party: Member of the Liberal Party.

About me:
Successfully served on Mandurah City Council 1997-1999 and 2001-2006. Re-elected because I achieved positive outcomes for constituents while maintaining a healthy relationship with staff. Rewarded with a Ministerial appointment to the Board of Healthway 2003-2006. Having chaired Council’s  Audit and Risk committee, I have a passion for Corporate Governance and Organisational Development .I want Council to have a strong service culture that is above bureaucracy. On being elected I will withdraw from the workforce to give the task all my time. It deserves a full-time commitment. I am 62 years old and enjoy great health, cycling and riding a surfboard in my time off. I studied Business at Churchlands and offer my experience in both  Business and Local Government to electors.

Why I’m running for Council:
Simple. From what I read in the paper and hear from voters I believe it is time to re-think Doubleview Ward. I have the experience, time and Local Government knowledge to be effective in keeping the organisation accountable to ratepayers. Rates can be contained by a rigid governance culture that does not enable empire building. I am committed to the task. I will be domiciled in the ward which is where I lived for about a third of my life.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Contain rates
  • Build a stronger service culture
  • Dismantle Government duplication.

 

Name: Rob Paparde
Ward: Doubleview Ward
Phone: 0404 143 149
Email: RobertGPaparde@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Scarborough

Are you a member of any political party?: Yes, Liberal

About me:
I’m a father, former teacher and transport adviser. This experience will bode well to address the troubled intersections and roads in our area, including Ellen Stirling Boulevard, Scarborough Beach Road and around Doubleview Primary and Churchlands High. I’m active on their P&C and a regular at clubs like Doubleview Bowling and Innaloo Sportsmen’s. My son and I are long-time members and contributors to the Wembley Downs Scouts and I’m a soccer dad – my son plays for the Wembley Downs Soccer Club. I’m a big supporter of these organisations that bring community members together. I have been connected to the area since birth. I went to Churchlands High where I was also a teacher there and now my son attends.

I turned 40 in late September so I’m young enough to bring enthusiasm and energy to council, but wise enough to make considerable and sensible decisions and contributions.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m concerned at the quality of the representation the ward has had over many years. The Council overall has had a number of challenges and I believe I can assist in creating a more effective and efficient Council. This will allow for rates to not rise or remain at CPI at a time when families are hurting.

I am a big believer in taking care of sporting and social clubs in our communities. I would be a strong advocate for the clubs in the Doubleview Ward and would take the fight up to council for what they need and in the interests of club members. I am someone who has lived in Stirling his whole life and is connected with the people and places. I love the area and I’m passionate about enacting real change for the community. It is time.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Lower rates – having analysed the last two council budgets, it’s clear there is much room to cut waste. I’ve asked the question why are the rates going up? Why have staff wages rising by $12m in four years? Other government and private sector organisations have tightened their belts. At a time when families and businesses are struggling it makes sense for council to control expenditure.
  • Less regulation – when properties are losing value, families want to add to their homes, either extensions or additions like gazebos or patios. There should be no reason it takes 10-12 weeks for them to approve.
  • Less traffic congestion – As a former adviser to the transport minister I have the experience and knowledge necessary to address the concerns around key congested areas of the Ward, namely Innaloo, Churchlands and Doubleview. Listening to the community they want some real solutions that will make their commute faster and ensure the safety of our children.

 

Name: Elizabeth Re
Ward: Doubleview
Phone: 9446 7136
Email: lizre@bigpond.net.au
Suburb of residence: Woodlands

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me: Elizabeth has lived in the Doubleview ward for most of her life , raising her children, while working on sustainability and health audits, teaching at Churchlands High School, Woodlands Primary School and as an enthusiastic Councillor and strong community advocate, who has received many awards for her volunteering commitments. Elizabeth enjoys helping people and cutting the red tape in all aspects of dealing with government agencies. She has been a councillor at Stirling for many years and has initiated many projects , footpaths in parks, recycling, upgrading local community centres, Wembley Downs Junior Football Club, Doubleview Bowling Club, Innaloo sportsman Club and policies for recognising community volunteers and staff for outstanding service

Why I’m running for council: Elizabeth believes importance of : personal safety, more transparency, community involvement and consultation in all aspects of Councils decision making and the importance of the Mayor being elected by the people of Stirling. Elizabeth is non-political, passionate and committed to listening to you, working for you, she has a proven record of standing up for you, the community and holding the city to account for their actions and decision making. She offers honesty, integrity, credibility, justice and procedural fairness for all. Elizabeth believes that she has lots to offer the people of Stirling in supporting the progression of the Stirling city centre project to address the traffic, congestion and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in our area and to establish a new high school, TAFE and affordable accommodation coupled with the development of the light rail project to allow safer, faster and cheaper travel.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Improve public consultation process at all levels
  • More transparency in business transactions and decision making
  • Review and prioritise budget expenditures to parallel community needs

Balga

 

Name: Dayne Blundell-Camden
Ward contested: Balga
Phone: 0457 952 310
Email: dayneforbalgaward@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Balga

Are you a member of a political party: Independent

About me:
I was born and raised in the City of Stirling, and I’m a proud Balga resident. Working as a leader for a global technology company, my primary duty is to listen to the concerns of my customers and staff in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. This is the same dedicated approach that I will take as your council representative. I am a strong supporter of equal opportunity for all regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability or age. This philosophy guides every decision I make in both my personal and professional life. My life philosophy helps me re-evaluate my personal beliefs when presented with new opinions, belief systems and evidence based data. My promise is to work hard for our community. Not to rest on the laurels of past achievements, but to listen to your concerns and to work together for our future.

Why I’m running for council:
It is my firm belief that the sole purpose of our elected representatives in local government should be to serve and represent the local community. Too often we have seen politicians at all levels of government seek to advance their own interests to the detriment of the people they were elected to represent. We have seen the rise of career politicians – people who are not driven by a desire to serve the local community and who are out of touch with the needs of ‘ordinary’ voters.

We need to stop property developers and real estate companies from influencing the outcomes of council elections. I also believe that it is unethical for local governments to name council facilities after current councillors and mayors. Not only does this call into question the ethical conduct of a council, but it provides these politicians with ‘money can’t buy’ advertising for their election campaigns.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Ensuring a fair investment in the Balga Ward through a balanced allocation of funds between all suburbs in the City budget.
  • Celebrating diversity by listening to, and acting on concerns of all residents regardless of Ethnicity, Religion, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Ability or Age.
  • Commissioning a feasibility study into making the City’s public energy consumption carbon and cost neutral.

 

Name: Ram Tin Thei
Ward contested: Balga
Phone: 0431 424 862
Email: rtinthei@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Balga

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I am a 25 year old former refugee and a long-term resident of Balga. I arrived in Western Australia as refugee when I was younger, having fled my native country of Chin State, Myanmar (Burma) because of religious persecution and oppression on ethnic minorities by the Burmese Military Regime. Now, I call Australia home.  I’ve been working in Humanitarian Settlement Services to support those who have come to Australia as refugees. I also have an extensive demonstrated volunteer record of leadership roles in community organisations, and my Church.

Why I’m running for council:
I am running for local council because in all years I have lived in Balga, I just don’t see the area changing. If you believe Balga, Mirrabooka, and Westminster can be better, I ask you to vote for me. A vote for me is a vote for change and a vote for a better Balga ward. As a local resident, I know that we all want our families to be safe and secure from crime and anti-social behaviour. I want the City of Stirling to be a safe, secure, and harmonious place to live.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • I concern the wellbeing of the local people. CCTV and patrols are required in parks, streets, and in public facilities. But we also need a stronger neighbourhood watch and community actions.
  • I will speak for all residents, including those who have recently arrived in our communities, prioritise social / cultural centres, and increased sport and recreational activities for our local youth.
  • I will fight for trees conservation in City of Stirling area. Perth is getting hotter every year since I came to live in Balga. To beat the urban heatwave effects, we need to protect trees.

 

Name: David Boothman
Ward contested: Balga, City of Stirling
Phone: 0457152938
Email: boothman.david@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Mirrabooka

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I am married with 3 adult children and have lived in the area for over thirty years. As a Police Officer, over many years I saw this area at its worst and at its best. I attended violent domestics, serious crashes, etc. I saw the effects of alcohol and substance abuse in dysfunctional families, of people struggling in an area of high crime and anti-social behaviour.
In 1990 I became chair of the local Blue Light group which I did for ten years. In addition to dance parties, we picked up concrete slabs as they were replaced from footpaths, to fundraise to run programs for Youth at risk, we also raised many thousands of dollars for Camp Quality. I got on Council in 1994 because I believed I could help to improve the area, which I have continued to work at ever since.

Why I’m running for council:
On Council I have:
Supported residents with a petition of over 2,000 signatures to change the name of the area now known as Westminster.
Actively supported the New north project, working closely with the Balga Action Group to transform Balga / Westminster / Nollamara.
Lobbied Council for many years to support an indigenous reference group and reconciliation action plan – which has now been achieved.
Worked hard to have the Balga Pool replaced with the $13 million Leisurepark Balga.
Lobbied for many years to improve the area around the Mirrabooka Bus Station which was a high crime area, this resulted in the $16 million Mirrabooka project funded largely from sale of land around the Herb Graham Centre (not ratepayer funds).
Successfully lobbied Federal Government for $2.7 million shortfall in State funding to refurbish Mirrabooka Bus Station.
$2.7 million project for Real Connections program to deal with issues with migrant resettlements in the area.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Crime prevention initiatives to improve community safety and combat anti-social behaviour.
  • Better planning outcomes so that residents have more ‘liveable neighbourhoods’.
  • Working with State Government to tackle high unemployment, which if not dealt with will take us back to the days of high crime and anti-social behaviour.

 

 

Coastal

Name: Szilard-Karoly Albert
Ward: Coastal
Phone: 0431015326
Email: albertke2002@yahoo.com
Suburb of residence: Balga

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I’m a very passionate always smiling individual, working as an Accountant. I grew up in Europe, during my university years I travelled a lot around the world, it helped me to learn a lot about different cultures and customs, I speak 3 languages. I’ve got an Economics / Marketing-Advertising Double Degree, I finished my Masters in Accounting in Fremantle. I’m a very active sport oriented and nature loving person, I love cycling and swimming. I love photography, gardening and travelling when I have the chance. My core values are Transparency, Honesty, Willingness to listen. I live by the following quote: Remember use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.

Why I’m running for council:
Having a strong finance background and people skills I believe I will bring a crucial knowledge and experience to City of Stirling if I will have the opportunity to represent the local residents. I believe our Community needs a strong effective voice tackling the challenges, and I believe I’ve got what it takes to bring positive change. I believe we need more open debates, I believe we should listen more. My major objective is to cut back inefficient spending by focusing on the right services, boosting investor numbers, having the Rate Payer in focus, crime prevention and support and most importantly delivering on those promises. As a young very active sport orientated individual I believe fresh new ideas are crucial for a vibrant city life.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Crime prevention and support
  • Cutting back inefficient spending by focusing on the right services having the ratepayer in focus
  • Cutting red tape bringing investors into the City of Stirling

 

 

Name: Karen Caddy
Ward: Coastal Ward
Phone: 041 794 4613
Email: karen@businx.com.au
Suburb of residence: Scarborough

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
A long-term resident of Scarborough, I value our amazing coastal lifestyle and our unique and fragile environment. I am 20 years happily married, with 3 terrific step-children and grandchildren. I have strong corporate, engineering and business skills. I am an Engineer with 20 years’ experience working for international companies like Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. I have a business degree, and have graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I consult in the area of strategic planning and am currently working in the aged / disability care sector to improve the quality of care that is delivered. I am an active volunteer and club member. Formerly the Chairman of the Scarborough Tennis Club and board member of the Scarborough Sportsmen’s Club, I am currently Vice-Patron of Trigg Island Surf Life Saving club. I understand the challenges of running volunteer organisations and am committed to supporting our local community groups.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m re-standing for Council because I want to see the best possible outcome for my local community. I believe that with my professional experience and ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, I can deliver great outcomes for the Coastal ward. I am a strategic thinker with strong business acumen who always looks for the win-win outcome. During my last 4 years on Council I am proud to have delivered some great outcomes including $26M pool for Scarborough, 3 bin recycling, upgrades to Charles Riley reserve and better facilities for more than 14 local clubs. I have also worked with Council to keep rates down – in the last 4 years rate rises have been less than half that of previous years. There are many challenges facing our community in the years ahead, and much work still to be done – which is why I am re-standing for election.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Improved planning processes – improving the quality infill development, and providing greater transparency for residents.
  • Environmental sustainability – better cycling and public transport infrastructure, and more tree canopy to beautify and cool our suburbs.
  • Improved facilities for our local clubs and community groups – particularly improved lighting to local sporting fields, and a new clubhouse for the Scarboro Surf Life Saving club.\

 

 

Hamersley

Name: Jack Garber
Ward contested: Hamersley
Phone: 0412587839
Email: jack@stirlingbusinessnetwork.com
Suburb of residence: Dianella with a business in Balcatta

Are you a member of a political party: The Western Australia Party

About me:
I have lived in the City of Stirling for 18 years. I have a law degree; I have worked in accounting, technology and owned small businesses. I’m semi-retired and have the commitment, experience, knowledge and time to be an effective full-time Councillor. I’m an active community member. I volunteer on; P&C’s, IPS chairperson of two schools currently and a former state councillor of WACSSO, founder Stirling Business Network. I regularly attend councils meetings to hold the CoS accountable over controversial development decisions and governance issues. Hamersley Ward is not receiving a fair share of the budget. Keep the Karrinyup Community Centre and Library; protection of wetlands, limit the raising and over-engineering of development sites and retention of tree canopy. When elected I will move to: freeze rates for three years. restore power to council by reducing red tape and officers authority; provide CCTV security and revitalise the Stirling reputation.

Why I’m running for council:
I am running for the City of Stirling Council because I have witnessed ratepayer injustice with its current elected representation. Using myself as an example; on a number of occasions I have been ruled out of order, had my microphone cut-off and on one occasion been escorted from the council chambers solely because I was attempting to ask a question at council meetings. I’m stepping forward because this injustice must be stopped. In my estimation, ratepayers are not receiving a fair go for their rates. Council expenditures are being made unchecked. Decisions that affect residential amenities are being made with adequate notice or community consultation. I’m stepping forward because the community deserves more Councillors with strong moral conviction. I’m stepping forward to work hard and represent residents and ratepayers; I’m committed to revitalise the Stirling reputation; I love this community and most off all I have hope.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Freeze rates for 3 years.
  • Honest, fair and open community consultation to protect neighbourhood amenities.
  • Cut the red rape for ratepayers, trades and small businesses.

 

Name:  Dr Andrew Guilfoyle
Ward contested:  Hamersley
Phone:  0413 835 852
Email:  dr_guilfoyle@outlook.com
Suburb of residence:  Karrinyup

Are you a member of a political party:  No

About me:
I resigned from my position as Head of Psychology at ECU to give 100 per cent of my time to Council. I achieved much at ECU. I taught consultative Research Methods, won student-voted UniJobs Lecturer of the Year (2012) and peer awards. I researched Community Psychology, focused on social support, early childhood development, including indigenous children and refugee groups, supervised PhD projects, won large Commonwealth grants, and authored 80+ international papers. I established and chaired an inaugural Research Ethics Committee, was Academic representative for the University Equity Committee, and Delegate for National Heads of Psychology, setting strategic directions for Psychology in Australia.
Why give up this for daily time on Council? Sounds corny but is true, I now want to help my local community, and watch my kids inherit an ethic of caring and striving to help others in their community. I believe this valuable gift will take them far.

Why I’m running for council:
Re-elected, I want to continue using my career skills for the betterment of the community. An experienced leader, overseeing large budgets, I made a series of effective, responsible decisions creating efficiencies and generating income, achieving an enduring 0 per cent rate increase. I will continue to engage residents daily, to see where we can best redirect funds and will continue funds redistribution towards Sport, Recreation and Leisure Club Facilities, community development programs and events, encouraging volunteering, and social connectedness across all ages.

I am an environmental conservationist so I will continue to defend open spaces, stop tree canopy decline and aim to set new targets, through increased tree planting, protection of trees on development sites, tree survival, and hydro-zoning of parks. I helped establish the Three Bin System and Balcatta Recycling Centre, and invested in green initiatives such as fossil fuel free investments, broad scale LED lighting and solar panels.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Responsible decision making
  • Supporting clubs and community groups
  • Environmental conservation

 

Name: Lucy Nicol
Ward contested: Hamersley
Phone: 0413 325 683
Email: office@lucynicol.com.au
Suburb of residence: Coolbinia

Are you a member of a political party: Not currently. I am choosing to run in this election as an independent.

About me:
Since choosing to stand for the Hamersley ward, I have been researching the role of the Hamersley family in the political history of Western Australia. My grandmother, on my mother’s side, had the surname Ducat-Hamersley. If it wasn’t for my keen interest in politics and the choice of my second great grandmother, who, upon marrying, hyphenated her surname with that of her husband, I may never have become aware of my historical connection to my ancestors and the Hamersley Ward. I attended Wembley Downs Primary School, then, Churchlands SHS. Because of this strong public school education, I chose to go on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce through UWA. Since graduating, I worked for the late Senator Judith Adams and now WTV (Perth’s only community television station). Every day I make it my goal to help strengthen and amplify the voices of our community.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m running for council to increase my knowledge and understanding of government and debate. Particularly to learn from strong female leaders, such as Bessy Flower, Lady Margaret (Hamersley) Forrest and Dame Dorothy Tangney. Also, to provide a historical record of substance for future leaders on which they can base their future choices.

City of Stirling is marketed as the City of Choice. My goal is to help amplify the City of Stirling’s voices, in order to provide stronger debate, which in turn offers the opportunity for more educated choice. I am a product of the City of Stirling. I now wish to use my experience, in order to give back to the city that has provided me a home throughout my life. Our families have worked extraordinarily hard for our right to choose to vote. I encourage you to continue this work by exercising your choice and strengthening your voice.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To lead by example, in the hope of encouraging people to develop stronger voices in our community and local government.
  • For the City of Stirling to provide a strongly supportive foundation of equal opportunity, education and financial security.
  • To ensure that the City of Stirling provides a safe space for residents and visitors to thrive within their environment.

 

Name: Andrew Owens
Ward contested: Hamersley
Phone: 0411 77 0411
Email: stirling@andrewowens.com.au
Suburb of residence: Hamersley

Are you a member of a political party: Did not respond

About me:
Hamersley is where I grew up, and where I still call home. I also work in Hamersley as an IT consultant and post-graduate tutor, and previously worked in administration at two universities, a TV station and a transport company. I have dedicated much of my time over the last 10 years to volunteering for various non-profit organisations (state and national), including serving in executive board roles. Also, I have advocated for Hamersley residents on issues such as the towers, internet speeds and bus services, and used my research skills to help local history groups and projects.

Why I’m running for council:
I want to give back to the community I’ve grown up in and which has given so much to me, including many friendships with people of all ages and backgrounds. There is a strong undercurrent of community spirit here, but I feel it needs help to be brought to the surface, and I would like to help in facilitating this. A lot of people say to me that they feel powerless to influence council decisions and that they are not listened to – that they’re on the outside looking in.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Improved communication with and consultation of residents.
  • Fixing recycling, and restoring regular bulk waste collections.
  • Ensuring development in our area is appropriate and does not compromise the environment.

 

Name: Karlo Perkov
Ward contested: Hamersley
Phone: 0438 838 109
Email: Karlo.P@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Balcatta

Are you a member of a political party: Yes (Liberal)

About me:
I’m proud to have been born right here in the City of Stirling and I’m equally as proud that I have lived in the local area for over 20 years. There is a special sense of belonging when almost everything you do includes the community which surrounds you. My children attend local schools and we buy our goods in local shops. Our friends and family live nearby and we enjoy the parks and beaches.

I am currently an Operations Manager for an Australian security company but growing up as a child of hard working migrants I quickly learnt the values which ensured that I appreciate my community and treat everyone with courtesy and respect. I am married with two daughters. My family and I would like nothing more than to feel safe and secure in our own neighbourhood. That is the right of every resident living in Stirling.

Why I’m running for council:
I will never support a rates policy that negatively impacts the community. Rate increases are an unfair penalty on residents. We must stop these increases. Ratepayers require more efficient processing of requests by the City of Stirling. I find it utterly ridiculous that it takes 10-12 weeks to obtain your building approval. This must change. My family and I have lived in the area for over 20 years.
I value our local green spaces and my kids attend local schools. Hamersley Ward is a beautiful place to live, but if we are to maintain this we need to be proactive in measures that protect the safety of both residents and their property. I will push for better street lighting and increased street patrols. We need lower rates and better services. Councillors must show leadership and commitment. I will be your voice for getting the job done.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Lower rates.
  • Improve services.
  • Give a strong voice to the community.

 

Name: Teresa Olow
Ward: Hamersley Ward
Phone: 0402 232 210
Email: teresaolow@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Carine

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
Living in the Stirling area all my life, having run a small business and volunteering at a nursing home while raising a family, I am aware of the pressure of family with the increasing cost of living. My involvement with local sports clubs and community groups including those of different cultural backgrounds has given me an understanding of what the community needs and expects from local government. Having worked for City of Stirling and other local governments, I am aware of the many of the issues involved in running a successful Council and with my financial and business background, I can bring fresh ideas which could improve accountability, staff morale and efficiency, reducing the burden to ratepayers. Committed to supporting local people and local issues, including council costs, verge pickups, traffic congestion and businesses. I believe in a fair go for all in our community.

Why I’m running for council:
Teresa and her husband are small business owners who have been operating for many years. They understand the issues you face and are committed to working towards reducing Council costs. They know you need support and that by helping you, the whole community prospers. Teresa and her husband have raised a family in the City of Stirling and know that high Council fees associated with sporting clubs and hall fees are additional sources of financial strain on an already tight budget. Teresa will work to keep these fees affordable so we can all enjoy our beautiful facilities. Teresa is a truly independent, fresh voice who believes in a fair go for all in our community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Keeping Council rates capped at the consumer price index (CPI)
  • Make our parks and streets safer for families
  • Keeping Council staff accountable

 

Name: James Helliwell
Ward: Hamersley
Phone: 0410477149
Email: hellijr@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: North Beach

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
My name is James Helliwell and I have spent almost all of my life in the area. I grew up living opposite Lake Carine, where I developed a love for sport & recreation, playing tee-ball and footy for Carine and cricket for Doubleview-Carine, Scarborough and Karrinyup. Since completing my school education at Hale School, I have worked in Balcatta for 8 years and currently occupy the role of President of Karrinyup Cricket Club. I have decided to seek this office out of a desire to be a consensus building, future focused voice for the local community. I believe in a council that prioritises local Infrastructure, fosters community & cultural activities, lives within its means and reduces red tape for local business. As someone who grew up in a family full of small business owners, I appreciate the difficulties that can be faced in starting and growing your own business.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m running for council because I’ve developed a passion for getting things done in the local area. Over the past couple of years I’ve organised a working group with Karrinyup Scouts, Friends of Lake Gwelup & Kids Nature Club to try and achieve a renovation of the Lake Gwelup toilet block. Working with councillors and council officers in this capacity (and as the President of Karrinyup Cricket Club) I’ve been inspired to serve and work hard to ensure the Hamersley Ward can continue to be a great place to live. I present to you as a candidate who is passionate about making a difference; young, energetic and prepared to listen carefully to the concerns of ratepayers. With so many local businesses struggling at the moment, I want to do whatever I can to make it easier for local businesses to start up, grow and prosper.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Increase tree canopy on our streets and shade sails at our local parks
  • Reduce bureaucratic red tape on local business
  • Improve community cohesion by pushing for more local events, food & coffee vans etc.

 

Name: Peter Rose
Ward: Hamersley Ward
Phone: 0478 627 032
Email: truevine152@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Hamersley

 

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I was a Stirling Councillor from 1974 to 83/ 1993 to 1997./ 1999 to 2011. 25 years. 1974 was a time of great change. Stirling was now a City.  We moved all Council meetings from afternoons to evenings to allow residents to be involved. I was instrumental bringing in question time at all Council meetings. Allowing residents to ask questions on the agenda and other items. In my first 9 years we had no lunches or payments, these were good years.
Today Councillors are in a far better position, we have a mobile phone and a laptop for accessibility to us to be contactable, whereas in my early days all we had was a duplicate note pad. Today, councillors are available by mobile to follow up your requests. I retired 6 years ago after representing Stirling on many State committees and being a member of all Stirling/local committees.

Why I’m running for council:
To continue to being available at all times for all residents and other groups to help them in their many needs and requests. I want Stirling Council to be available at all times to assist all residents and for Councillors who represent them. I have 25 years Council experience. I am retired and I am available every day by phone or email plus on site visits which are very important. I know how Council and their Departments work and it will be easy for me to access them. I look forward to serving all Hamersley Ward residents in the coming years. Thank you.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To have an ‘Open Day’ at Stirling Offices to present Council plans and future proposals
  • To have a council meeting once a year in the 7 wards
  • Create small residential groups to liaise with their councillor to discuss local issues

 

Inglewood

Name: Bianca Sandri
Ward: Inglewood
Phone: 0403 911 329
Email: bianca4stirling@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Inglewood

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I am a young, energetic and passionate professional who is enthusiastic about making a meaningful difference as a future City of Stirling Councillor.
As a qualified Urban Planner with previous local government experience, I will be able to offer Council an educated and informed voice on planning, development and community related matters. I am an owner and operator a small and growing town planning consultancy business which was established in Perth in late 2015. My family have long and established roots in the area, going back over 50 years in the Inglewood Ward. Improving our neighbourhood is my passion and with my skills, experience and knowledge I am confident in making Inglewood and Dianella the best they can be for its residents and visitors.

Why I’m running for council:
Let’s face it, Stirling Council needs a bit of freshening up. Its needs a bit more diversity and some young blood to shake things up so why not a young professional female like me to add to the mix? I have worked in a number of local governments from officer level through to management and have seen how Councillors can make or break a local government through their decision making. I want to see our Ward receive its fair share of services and will do this by listening to, and strongly representing our community in the Chamber. My background in local government will enable me to make educated and informed decisions on Council matters to the benefit of not only the people of the Inglewood Ward but for the whole City of Stirling community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Bring my local government Town Planning experience to Council. For instance, vacant land and abandoned buildings within our high streets and local centres is an eyesore! You only need to take a drive down some of the areas along Dianella Plaza and Beaufort Street to see an abundance of unmanaged vacant land and abandoned buildings. Landowners who leave their sites vacant/abandoned in such areas should be faced with an increase in rates. Alternatively, if the landowner creates an interim use on the land to the benefit of the community, they should be rewarded through incentives such as discounted rates. A community use may include such things parklets, pop-up use areas, public art spaces and community gardens.
  • Abolish permits and fees for alfresco dining. Provide on-going support to community events and attractions such as the Beaufort Street night markets. Currently our local businesses have to undergo some serious red tape to get a alfresco permit and have to pay for the application and ongoing fees. Alfresco dining creates vibrancy within our areas and requiring an alfresco permit is as antiquated as it gets!
  • Drive down a local residential street in Dianella or Inglewood at night time, turn off of your headlights and the only thing illuminating the street is your car’s interior lights. People wonder why petty theft is on the rise in our Ward, it’s because we don’t have sufficient street lighting to deter criminals and the lack of security patrols. I will be pushing for additional sustainable street lighting and a fair share of community patrols.

Lawley

Name: Suzanne Migdale
Ward contested: Lawley
Phone: 0417 137 362
Email: smigdale@gmail.com
Suburb Of Residence: Yokine

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

About me:
I am a marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in the corporate sector, currently employed by the Fairfax group. I have lived in the City of Stirling for most of my life and attended Carmel School and Mt Lawley High School, both situated in the Lawley Ward. I am involved with various local organisations and am passionate about supporting local businesses.

Why I’m running for council:
After decades of being a rate-paying working parent, I believe I have the real world experience to represent you authentically and successfully in our city council. I want to make sure council is working in your favour and delivering on your expectations with our rate dollars. Wasteful expenditure will be strongly challenged on my watch. I am concerned the Menora/Coolbinia restrictive covenants are constantly threatened and need to be vigorously defended. I will oppose any attempt to move citizenship ceremonies away from Australia Day.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Safer open spaces and laneways. This includes improving security and lighting in the laneways and open spaces in Nollamara and Yokine.
  • A two year rates freeze, and compensation for our senior citizens who have lost their rates concessions.
  • A return to kerbside waste collection as opposed to the current skip bins.

 

Name: Jeremy Quinn
Ward: Lawley
Phone: 0439 990 542
Email: jeremyq@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Yokine

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

About me:
I am 44 years of age and I have been a local and active Lawley Ward community member all my life. I am passionate about the role that community has to play in the health and well-being of individuals, families and businesses alike. I hold a Bachelor of Business and am currently employed as a Senior Recruitment Consultant within the Mining and Construction sectors. I am a member of Alexander Park Tennis Club, the Stirling Progress Association and I grew up playing Australian Rules for the Coolbinia Bomber Football Club.

Why I’m running for council:
For me the motivation for running for the Lawley Ward is simple, I want to give back to the community I have grown up in. I am at a stage in my life where I feel I have the energy, life experience and the time to dedicate myself to the role of Councillor. I believe to be an effective Councillor it is critical that you are; passionate about the community you are seeking to represent which I am, are willing to listen and act which I am and above all else act at all times with the utmost integrity. The Lawley Ward deserves a fresh and energetic representative at Council that will always act in the best interests of the ratepayers and that is my commitment to you.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Community Safety-increase investment in CCTV, street lighting and community patrols.
  • Council Services-better quality, efficiency and timely delivery including the planning approvals process.
  • Financial Accountability-minimise rate rises, remain debt free and advocate for financial accountability and transparency.

 

Osborne

 

Name: Chris Hatton
Ward: Osborne
Phone: 0439 752 279
Email: chat2487@bigpond.net.au
Suburb of residence: Stirling

Are you a member of a political party: Yes (Liberal)

About me:
I have lived in the City of Stirling for over 20 years with my wife and four children. I have always been involved in community groups and local issues. I am currently employed with the Department of Education and I am a Board Member of the Balcatta Senior High School Council. My extensive community involvement has enabled me to understand the concerns of residents and ratepayers. I intend to improve traffic management, street-scaping, safety and security. I will address concerns regarding housing densities, rates and the sale of parks. A key focus of mine will be the reduction of crime, graffiti and hooning, and also improving recreational and club facilities. I have a strong understanding and vision for the future of our suburbs. I seek your support so that effective planning and financial management is achieved with honesty and integrity, ensuring all Osborne Ward residents maintain high quality lifestyles.

Why I am running for council:
I want to see people connected, safe and happy. Local councils can do a lot to keep people safe, secure and connected. Over recent years I have seen the City of Stirling become bigger and bigger, with rates increasing and more staff being employed. However people keep telling me that they are not listened to. Ratepayers and residents deserve to be treated respectfully and openly. There needs to be less bureaucracy, less regulation and more local action. Ward Councillors are elected to represent local concerns and to ensure that good decisions are made, including important decisions on housing densities, roads and parking. I am a strong believer in public service, good decision making and representing people of all ages. I have strong experience and background in community development and I look forward to taking on the role of being your Osborne Ward Councillor, for your voice in your suburb.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Keeping our rates down and investing equally across our suburbs on facilities and services.
  • Keeping traffic moving, reducing congestion, improving parking and pedestrian safety.
  • Improving consultation on housing density, developments and public spaces.

 

Name: Jeff Bullen
Ward: Osborne
Phone: 0452 537 052
Email: jeffbullen.cos@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Coolbinia

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
Old enough to have experience. Young enough to want progress. Humanist enough to know we need to care for the poorest first. Business minded enough to know that without healthy commerce we struggle. Sensible enough to know that whilst environmentalism begins at home, we must collectively demand corporate responsibility. Parent of two children, both schooled in the City of Stirling. Business owner 25+ years, Atlas Divine – Leederville. Past Chairman of ‘Leederville Connect’ a business owner and resident group, organiser of the successful Leederville Carnival.

Why I’m running for council:
To bypass local party politics. An independent voice provides a representative the ability to argue with clarity on behalf of the voting constituents. To ensure an accountable local council. To do my best to ensure no woman, man or child need live with violence or poverty and without food or shelter within the City of Stirling. To ensure the City of Stirling leads the way in the rejuvenation of native Western Australian flora and fauna.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Hope for the homeless. We are only as strong as the weakest in our community.
  • Zero tolerance to violence. No one should live in fear.
  • Care for country. Preservation of our natural habitat for future generations.

 

Name: Adam Spagnolo
Ward: Osborne Ward
Phone: 0419 043 174
Email: adamspagnolo1@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Stirling

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I am a Former Mayor, Councillor and Local Government Building Inspector with many years of experience.
A vote for Adam Spagnolo is a vote for a three-year rate freeze. No rate increase for three years. Allowing council rates to adjust to declining property and rental values.
It’s a vote to review the crippling Emergency Services Levy, construction of the northern extension of Stephenson Avenue from Scarborough Beach Road to the Freeway at Cedric Street. The immediate upgrade of Main Street Osborne Park, better public consultation, increased security patrols, fast tracking building and planning approvals and a change of leadership and culture. I will also strive for a fairer share of council funds to be spent back in our area. Stirling Council has $3 billion in reserve and surplus funds I will move to allocate some of these funds to reduce future costs and to reduce council rates.

Why I’m running for council:
As a resident of Osborne Ward, with a community history and a young family, I can relate to the concerns of residents. After a considerable break from council and with community support to return to council, I have decided to nominate. My stance is genuine and sincere and I have no affiliations with any political party or council faction.  Indeed, I would be honoured and feel privileged to represent the area I live in. For some time I have been quite concerned about the leadership and attitude of the City of Stirling toward its residents and about the unreasonable and unfriendly culture that has developed within our council. This culture is not productive and not in the best interests of our community and needs to change. I am committed to change and to be heard and to bring back an open, transparent and functional council.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • I am committed to, no rate increase for three years to allow property and rental values to adjust to prevailing market conditions.
  • The immediate upgrade of Main Street Osborne Park from Cape Street to Eldorado Street converting it into a friendly town centre similar to Beaufort Street and the Leederville precinct.
  • An immediate review of council club funding policies and guidelines for all junior and senior sport with a view to increase funding and to introduce a fairer and more equitable distribution of council funding so no club is disadvantaged.