City of Swan 2017 local government election candidates

City of Swan 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.

Altone

 

Name: Andrew Kiely
Ward contested: Altone
Phone: 0466 722 138
Email: andrewforaltone@aapt.net.au
Suburb of residence: Guildford – City of Swan

Are you a member of any political party? Not that it’s applicable – but yes, Labor Party 

About me:
I’m 53 and a married father of two. I’ve had many life and work experiences and travelled extensively which all combine to give me perspective issues we face here in Perth. I love living in City of Swan and want to ensure that it is safe for our children to grow up in. I am very concerned about the health of our environment and the disregard current Councillors seem to have for it. I have two children of my own going to school in the area and I want to provide the safest and healthiest environment for them to grow and reach their full potential.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m a positive, energetic candidate with a proven track record championing a number of community causes. I’ve got the energy, the ideas and long-term vision. I’ll be pushing for Rates to come down and for changes to occur at the City of Swan. The City of Swan need to do a whole lot better. I’m a father of two, former high school teacher who has also run a number of small businesses. I have a strong environment focus. I want to improve youth services to provide hope and help them towards full employment. I also want improved aged care services. I want the small things that matter to you fixed, just as much as the big picture items. I want to fix road congestion and traffic flow problems and to see more trees planted. I intend to work for you. That will be my focus for the next 4 years.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Reduce Council Rates by cutting the waste
  • Represent my constituents on issues that affect them
  • Withdraw support for toxic, polluting incinerators in Hazelmere and Rockingham

 

Name: Dimple Kaur
Ward: Altone Ward
Phone: 0416852160
Email: dimplemangat@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Dayton, Perth

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

About me:
I have worked as Finance Manager and I will use my experience to ensure that Swan continues to move forward in a positive direction over the coming years by providing quality services with minimised cost. I have a Master’s degree in Accounting from La Trobe University and Bachelors in Commerce. If Elected, I will represent for fairness, equality and I have the commitment to change the things. I understand how important it is listen to the concerns and opinions of the general public, to have an open mind and for the Council to clearly understand all issues prior to making an informed decision. I hope to have the opportunity and look forward to working hard for Swan.

Why I’m running for council:
I strongly believe that it is time for me to step up to the plate and use my years of Financial knowledge to give back to the community.  Please support me for better tomorrow. I want to be the Fresh Voice for Better Swan.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Lower Rates and Better Services
  • Accessible Public Transport System
  • Focus on further development of Parks & Improving Living Standards of residents by providing Sporting Facilities

 

Name: Peter Lyndon-James
Ward: Altone
Phone: 0488 661 706
Email: peter4swan@lyndonjames.com.au
Suburb of residence: Henley Brook

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

About me:
I am the CEO of Australia’s strictest rehabilitation centre, Shalom House, located in the Swan Valley; a program that has restored many lives of men and families in our community and continues to do so. My aim in life is to make a difference in the lives of others, a difference in the community and hope to give a voice to those who tend to remain voiceless. I grew up in Lockridge. The people I consider my family live in the Altone ward, these suburbs and these people are close to my heart. My work in helping people change their lives started in 2001 when I became a full-time prison chaplain, followed by volunteering in rehabilitation centres until starting Shalom House. I am also an itinerant speaker equipping families with the right tools to fight the evil epidemic of drugs and breaking the family cycle of substance abuse and dysfunctionality.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe that common sense has gone out the window. We need to put it back on the table along with honesty, transparency, accountability and integrity. I would like to see a serious change in the way we deal with the issues that face our community. There is an enormous lack of transparency and accountability around dealings of the council, including the heavy-handed, bordering on disrespectful, approach towards the ratepayers. As a ratepayer myself, that’s certainly how I feel, and I have heard from many others who carry the same sentiment. The moment our representatives are voted in they forget about the voters until six months before the next election when it starts again. It isn’t okay for the ratepayer to constantly be on the backburner, ignored and not acknowledged.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Improving community and stakeholder consultation and communication between the Council and ratepayers.
  • Addressing safety issues in the area, including providing better lighting and more community events promoting ways in which residents can stay safer.
  • Improving local facilities and infrastructure in the Altone Ward. Compared with western suburbs and the rest of the City of Swan, the suburbs in Altone ward seem to be completely forgotten about.

 

Name: Cr David Fardig
Ward: Altone Ward
Phone: 0408882308
Email: dr.pnfardig@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Kiara

Are you a member of a political party: No

Why I’m running for council: The main reason is to develop a $200 million regional open space facility at Whiteman Park, with facilities for our youth and seniors for the whole region.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Program for the installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in public spaces.
  • Control graffiti vandalism and anti-social behaviour by continuing the work with Neighbourhood Watch, police, residents, and social workers on community issues.
  • Continue to develop family services and facilities for youth in the Altone ward to support residents.

 

Beechboro

Name: Mick Wainwright
Ward contested: Altone
Phone: 9377 7845
Email: mwainwright1@vtown.com.au

Suburb of residence: Beechboro

Are you a member of a political party? Yes, ALP.

About me:
I have lived in Altone for 23 years with my wife Julie and son. I am passionate about our community and the future potential of the area. Throughout my adult life I have been involved in community service and have been involved in many community groups over the years and I am committed to staying involved where ever I can help. I have been a member of the Lions for over 18 years and am currently on the W1 District Cabinet. Before becoming a Councillor I was on the City of Swan RoadWise Committee and was chair for 10 years. I have served on the board of the Stand By Me Youth Service including President and am currently on the Board of the Kiara College and the Lions Cancer Institute. I believe there is nothing better than being involved in the community and endeavoring to ensure that we all come together to succeed.

Why I’m running for council:
I am nominating to continue in my role as councillor because I still have the passion to represent my community. I see exciting changes about to occur in the sector with the current State Government reviewing the regulations and I believe this is going to allow Local Governments the opportunity to advance as never before, I want be part of that change and ensure any changes benefit our community and I know that I have the experience and knowledge to help achieve this. We also need to get planning back to decision being made by council the people who are the closest to the community not by bureaucrats with no link at all.

My top three priorities if elected:
• Age care facilities in Altone and the City of Swan to cater for our aging population(our residents can age in place),
• Establish an Altone Community Collective (Community Associations) to allow for an ongoing consultative approach and the development of activities and events.
• To ensure our community has the support services they need, including State, Federal and not for profit organisations; there is a growing need and it would seem these services are diminishing.

 

Midland/Guildford

Name: Claire Scanlan
Ward: Midland/Guildford
Phone: 0401 456 400
Email: clscanlan@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Guildford

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

About me:
My family connections to Midland go back generations, and my great uncle was the station master at Midland Junction. I have lived or worked in every suburb in our ward, and am passionate about our community. I have also lived in Timor and Pakistan as a child which gives me an appreciation of community diversity. My heart lies in this area, where I have worked as a veterinary nurse, St John ambulance volunteer, and registered nurse specialising in mental health.
I met my husband while I was volunteering at an arts centre, and we moved to Europe before settling in Guildford. It is here where I discovered an amazing community through running our local playgroup. I spent several years working with an incredible group of families to grow the organisation, and ran major events including a multicultural arts festival at the Midland Town Hall and a National Science Week fair.

Why I’m running for council:
Recently I spearheaded a campaign to stop McDonalds building in the carpark of the Guildford Hotel, as well as working to save the Guildford Library from closure. I have learnt that if I want something to change, I must create that change myself by working with the community and government.
I am passionate about health, community, the arts, safety, families, diversity and creating places for people to be community together. I will always stand up for what is right and want to be a voice on council for the issues that matter.
My community work has enabled me to build strong relationships with many community organisations, and our local, state and federal representatives; and I enjoy liaising with members of our business and larger community. I love hearing the stories which make our community so diverse and know that this is a great place to live!

My top three priorities if elected:

  • BETTER PLANNING and rejuvenation of our area while preserving our heritage
  • IMPROVED STREETSCAPING of the Midland area, including tree plantings to replace the many trees lost through development
  • MORE COMMUNITY PLACES for individuals, families and groups; including improved open recreation and play spaces for children

 

Name: Christine Hughes
Ward: Midland Guildford
Phone: 0413 770 654
Email: christinehughesmgw@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Woodbridge

Are you a member of a political party? No

Why I’m running for council: 
The neighbourhoods we create are important to our wellbeing. Fighting to keep our assets and services is sometimes rewarding, sometimes disappointing. Communities invest in their neighbourhoods by petitioning, hosting public meetings, leafleting – to raise the profile of things they value. Others quietly revegetate wetlands, plant trees, cleanup litter, facilitate and coach junior sport, fundraise endlessly – to enhance their neighbourhoods and support others. Some groups are satisfied with their engagement with the City but for others, despite their passion and commitment, they are rarely considered legitimate stakeholders in the big decisions. I want to change that; I want the City to partner community. Big planning decisions cause the most grief. I don’t decry developers – they do their core business hard; but I want the City to advocate for its communities’ values, stand in the shoes of residents to understand what is at stake in rezoning/development decisions, and always stand independent.

About me: 
• Proven track record as an inclusive, community interest driven achiever; lead and supporting roles in saving the iconic Sugar Gums of Guildford, retention of Harper Park Midland, relocation of the trees at the Archer Street crossing in Midland, protection of built, social and environmental heritage, and many other community campaigns.
• Previous experience as Ward Councillor; community nominee and finalist Australia Day Awards (City of Swan); Foster carer
• Active member and/or office bearer of more than 40 local organisations over 40 years.
• Employment history in consumer advocacy and protection, and the community service sector including;
o Foundation Coordinator Midland Debt Counselling Service
o Foundation Coordinator Brockman House Neighbourhood Centre
o West Australian Coordinator of the Australian Federation of Consumer Organisations
o Legal Support Officer with the Department of Communities (current-part time).
• Working knowledge of Planning and Development Law, the Heritage Act and the Liquor Licensing Act

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Keep all green/recreation space in public hands for public use
  • Develop water tight protections for built, cultural and social heritage assets
  • Campaign to raise awareness of and strategies to reduce waste going to landfill in Swan.

 

Name: Rashelle Predovnik
Ward: Midland-Guildford
Phone: 0468 849 344
Email: rpredovnik@outlook.com

Suburb of residence: Midland

Are you a member of a political party? No.

About me:
I am an award-winning journalist who is passionate about helping others, I care deeply about what happens in the City of Swan as my family has lived here for three generations. In my previous role at a local paper, reporting on the City of Swan, I saw first hand the need for real change. I understand the importance of giving people accurate information so they can make informed choices and I will champion your voice being heard in the decision making process. I will lobby for a local planning scheme that better supports Guildford’s heritage and tourism focus, and I will support funding to make our communities safer, improve our streetscapes and help our most vulnerable.
I will consider the facts, listen to all sides, champion real community engagement and be your strong voice on council.

Why I’m running for council:
I am standing for transparency and for giving ratepayers better access to information so they clearly know what council is doing with some critical decisions going forward. The millions spent on buying land around the Midland Oval redevelopment raises serious questions and I will lobby for a dedicated civic park in the oval’s redevelopment and better design options. In the latest Budget, the city put $1m towards planning for the Midland Oval redevelopment. This project has been in the “planning stages” since the 1960s but it has never had a business plan. If elected, I will ensure this Russian roulette approach to planning stops. The city is considering closing the Guildford library despite great opposition from residents and this is yet another example of this council losing touch with the community it was elected to represent: change starts with your vote.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Keep our rate rises to a minimum and a review of the city’s expenditure priorities to ensure we provide key services and financially support community building programs.
  • A closer look at the Midland Oval redevelopment and a design that better reflects what the community really wants to see included: more green space.
  • Record council meetings and make the audio available online to give everyone better access to information and implement ways to improve transparency, engagement and accountability.

 

Name: Trevor Harradine
Ward: Midland/Guildford
Phone: 92741698
Email: trevor@ozbeancounter.com
Suburb of residence: Hazelmere

Are you a member of a political party? Did not respond.

About me:
I currently live and work in the ward and have done so for over 40 years. My older children attended Guildford Primary School, and my youngest daughter currently attends Woodbridge Primary School. I am a public accountant by profession (FCPA) and operate my business from home dealing mainly with local small businesses. Like most people in Guildford, I am against the proposed McDonald’s being built in Guildford, mainly because of the extreme lack of parking, and does not fit in with the local heritage theme. I would like to see more sporting facilities for the young kids growing up in the ward – you never know, we could produce more Nic Nats! The new public hospital in Midland is a great development, and I am looking forward to the proposed medical specialist centre, as well as the university, re-location of Midland railway station, and completion of the road infrastructure. Running for council as I now have time to give something back.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • No McDonald’s
  • Better sports facilities for the younger generation, to encourage their use.
  • Continued new development, to make Midland a better city to live in.

Pearce

Name: Rob Howes
Ward contested: Pearce
Phone: 0429 954 607
Email: rob.howes@westnet.com.au
Suburb of residence: Ellenbrook

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
My goal is to represent the rate payers and residents of Ellenbrook, Aveley, Bullsbrook, Lexia, Melaleuca to ensure that the community lifestyle that was envisaged by the developers, is maintained as the area matures. Working part-time as an Engineer, I spend time helping my daughters raise our 4 wonderful grandchildren, all whom live in Ellenbrook. A proactive member of local communities, a member of the Ellen Stirling  P&C, a Community volunteer at Whitman Park as well as a long involvement with volunteer emergency services. Working with the Ellen Stirling Primary School and Holy Cross College, for the provision of school crossings, enhancing safe routes to school. I am not afraid to challenge the process, to maintain honesty and integrity. I value the roll of local government, ensuring that services match the residents’ wants and needs, and that we continue to have a community that we are proud of.

Why I’m running for council:
Developers sold the community on a vision of the future, I believe that there is a gap between what that vision was and reality. Council is required to pick up from the developers as the community matures, and I want to ensure that our major investment (our homes and investment properties) are not devalued due to poor support and declining community attitudes. Councillors should represent the communities wants and desires, and I feel that the current members are detached from the community. I will listen to the community and act in their best interest. I have the time to best serve the community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Reduce Illegal dumping – especially shopping trollies
  • Practical routing of bus services – Work with PTA to get the buses off the Broadway (improving traffic flow), and to give the community easier access to services matched with more bus shelters.
  • Improve community security – introducing eWatch – CCTV monitoring of public areas.

 

Name: Antony (Tony) Lazzara
Ward: Pearce
Phone: 0439 696 379
Email: tonylazzara64@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Henley Brook (Morgan Fields)

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

About me:
My family and I have lived in Henley Brook (Morgan Fields) for 13 years. We have been actively involved in the community with both kids growing up in the area, attending local schools and involved in local sporting and community groups. We have been part of the local business community for over 10 years with my wife and I operating a small business in the Woodlake Shopping Centre. I have worked in the public sector for most of my career, the last 22 years in the university sector. My roles have included casual tutoring, internal and external audit, IT project management, strategic planning, quality assurance, governance and middle/ senior management. I am a Justice of the Peace (since 2005), and Treasurer of the Swan/ Midland Branch of Royal Association of Justices since 2007. In addition to serving locally, I attend the Midland Courthouse once a month to provide JP services.

Why I’m running for council:
I feel it is the right time in my life to give more to my local community. I believe the skills and experiences I would bring to Council would be beneficial and enable me to make a strong contribution, not only to the Pearce Ward, but to the broader City of Swan. For example:
• 10 years of running a small business in Ellenbrook, I have insights into the needs of small business;
• Strategic planning, including community engagement in developing and delivering against those plans;
• Building and maintaining strong strategic partnerships;
• Extensive experience in delivering service to a broad range of customers; and
• Excellent knowledge of, and experience in delivering governance, control, planning and quality frameworks.
I have seen the area grow and change, and want to contribute to making Ellenbrook and the broader City a vibrant and welcoming community.

My top three priorities if elected:
• Delivering much needed facilities and services for the young people in Ellenbrook, such as an indoor recreation centre, outdoor pool and a youth centre;
• Reducing crime and antisocial behaviour; and
• Helping the City of Swan to be: known for the range and quality of services it delivers to residents; and the model of great local government.

 

Name: Frank Alban
Ward: Pearce
Phone: 0418 310 840
Email: frank.alban@outlook.com
Suburb of residence: Guildford

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which one? Yes, Liberal.

About me:
Together with my wife Shauna, and our four children, we have lived in the City of Swan for the past twenty years. Our local contribution of the restoration of Padbury Stores in Guildford, has been recognised by the Heritage Council of Western Australia with a State Heritage listing. For the past eight years I have served as your State Member with many successful projects. I am committed to our school, sport, and service communities. I have faithfully attended and supported all aspects of our community life and have been available and willing to assist all those that have sought my help. I have the experience and passion to represent the Pearce Ward within the City of Swan in whatever challenges we may face in the future. I offer the residents of Pearce the same level of service as in the past, so our shared future is prosperous and rewarding.

Why I’m running for council:
Ellenbrook, Aveley and Bullsbrook which now constitute the City of Swan’s Pearce Ward, formed a large part of my electorate of Swan Hills, which for over eight years I fought for and had many successes such as Northlink & Gnangara Road together with three primary and three senior high schools. Northlink’s development will provide many economic opportunities but also raise challenges in it development. The bulk of City of Swans economic future is dependent on this region for growth. Issues such as safety and road access, together with the proposed thirty thousand new residents in Bullsbrook, will need consideration for its future planning. This should include a new Bullsbrook police station to cope with the anticipated population increase. Properly managed, the growth of revenue within the Northlink development area should enable the City of Swan to restrict its rate increases into the future for all residents.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Road Safety
  • Law & Order
  • Economic Benefits

 

Name: Andrew Birch
Ward: Pearce
Phone: 0408 931 349
Email: BirchJP@outlook.com
Suburb of residence: Morgan Fields

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which one? Did not respond.

About me:
I’m married to Simone and have two girls who are now independent adults. We moved into the area almost 3 years ago for the open spaces and a lifestyle change and live with two rescue pets, a dog and a cat both named Bella. I have a Bachelor of Commerce and am presently studying for an MBA at Murdoch University. These qualifications will enable me to critically analyse documents and ascertain risk and benefits for our community. In April 2015, I was appointed a Justice of the Peace. I come from a family that has served our community for 4 generations in the defence force and that has made me believe in serving my community the best that I can. Finally, I’m a long-suffering member of the Richmond Football Club and have been for 26 years.

Why I’m running for council:
I very much enjoy living in this area and want the whole Pearce community to continue to grow while delivering the best outcomes for everyone. I believe the City should focus on delivering conditions that encourage business development not just to Midland, but all centres especially Ellenbrook, Aveley and Bullsbrook so that they can also benefit from the potential for economic and social development. The Northlink project and the promised train line is the catalyst to achieve this. This should enable the City to increase service delivery to Youth and Seniors, through increased income sources as a result of increased business rates, which will at the same time reduce pressure on residential rates increases. This is an exciting time in the development of Perth’s Northeast and I want to be part of it.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Keep rate increases to a minimum.
  • Enhancements to services for Seniors and Youth.
  • Create the environment to make the City of Swan a preferred destination for business investment.

 

Name: Stephen Dobson
Ward: Pearce
Phone: 0448 863 684
Email: stephend.pearce@outlook.com
Suburb of residence: Bullsbrook

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
My family and I have lived in Pearce for 15 years, we enjoy its semi-rural lifestyle, hillside views, sense of community and its separation yet proximity to the City.
I run a family owned niche risk management / land development business, providing property risk, liability advice and assisting businesses in their relocation and expansion needs. For over 6 years I have been actively pursuing recognition in South Bullsbrook towards a safer, more liveable and prosperous neighbourhood for many landowners and residents in this challenged area.

Why I’m running for council:
I stand for:
Safe and liveable neighbourhoods;
Healthy and connected communities;
Environmental sustainability;
Responsible development;
Employment and skills training;
Business opportunity. I am concerned that efforts to improve the locality of Bullsbrook are being hampered and show little sign of improving. If elected my aims will be to; construct Stock Road, re-route the majority of Heavy Vehicles from Bullsbrook townsite, facilitate business development and skills training, reduce hooning, improve road standards and re-route the Ellenbrook train through the Swan Valley, Upper Swan and on to West Bullsbrook.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Construct Stock Road, Bullsbrook;
  • Minimise trucks through Bullsbrook townsite;
  • Facilitate business development and skills training throughout the ward of Pearce.

 

Name: David McDonnell
Ward: Pearce
Phone: 0418 222 541
Email: david@pbf.net.au

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which one? Did not respond.

About me:
David has proudly served as your local Councilor for the past 4 years. He has focused on delivering community needs, such as safer roads entering and exiting our neighbourhoods, more community facilities and recreational areas for our children to play and a strategy to help protect and enhance the lives of our youth. David has kept his promises and delivered the key projects that our community needs, ahead of schedule and on budget. If elected again David will fight for a purpose built Swimming Pool/Aquatic Centre and Indoor Recreation Centre in Ellenbrook, a designated youth hub to support all youth enterprises and activities, skate park and activity precinct within Bullsbrook, a major review of rates to keep them low and he will continue to fight for the protection of the Bullsbrook amenity and lifestyle. He needs your support, so together we can make our community the best it can be.

 

Name: Kevin Bailey
Ward: Pearce
Phone: 0407147351
Email: info@bullsbrookwatercarriers.com.au
Suburb of residence: Bullsbrook

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I have lived in City if Swan most of my adult life, settling in Bullsbrook 23 years ago and have run a local business since 2006. I was elected to council in 2005 and in that time I have witnessed to huge growth that the City has undergone. I am a strong supporter of community groups and have served as president of the Bullsbrook Chamber of Commerce. I am independent of any political ambitions, agendas or personal interests and represent my community without fear or favour. I live and work work on a “get it done” approach and won’t back down from a challenge.

Why I’m running for council:
Kevin’s record as a community leader over the past 12 years speaks for itself. He has worked tirelessly in many non for profit community associations including the Local Volunteer Fire Services, delivering projects and services for his community. Kevin’s achievements include the Ellenbrook Synthetic Playing Fields Community Facility, Upgrading of Gnangara Road, delivery of the Aveley Playing Fields & Community Facility, the Ethel Warren Community Facility & Library and the commencement of the Perth Darwin Hwy to keep trucks of our local roads, Kevin is very passionate about the role of a Councillor and wants to continue to deliver great community services and address the real issues that affect families, children and seniors. If elected, Kevin will work to deliver the new Ellenbrook Swimming Pool and Aquatic Centre, a new Skate Park and Activity Precinct in Bullsbrook, major road and bridge upgrades West Swan and Great Northern Hwy and more.

 

Swan Valley/Gidgegannup

Name : Charlie Zannino
Ward : Swan Valley/Gidgegannup
Phone: 0412 788 817
Email : c.zannino@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Swan Valley (Herne Hill)

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I am a Swan Valley raised grape grower and local business owner with a small rustic winery. I’ve lived and worked in the valley for over 55 years. Happily married to my beautiful wife, Sally for 26 years, we are blessed with two sons. As a family man and self-employed business owner I understand the needs of our community. I wish to represent ratepayers as I greatly value this remarkable community, its hardworking residents from all walks of life and nationalities. My parents were hardworking valley pioneers who migrated from Italy in the 1950’s like so many local families. I was honoured to serve our community for many years as a local councillor, mayor and involved on many community groups. After a two year absence, I have a clearer perspective and my passion to help residents and local business is stronger than ever.

Why I’m running for council: 
The unique character of Gidgegannup, the Swan Valley and The Vines MUST BE RETAINED because if it’s lost it can never be replaced. With over 20 years local government experience I have skills, knowledge and proven track record to achieve positive results efficiently. I care about preserving our rural way of life including viticulture, agriculture and equestrian sectors. I’m passionate about our region receiving its fair share of resources, especially given the significant amount of rates we contribute. My vision is to retain our rural character, foster job creation through local economic activities such as tourism. Some key priorities include 1) measures to ease local traffic congestion/hooning 2) Minimise rates/levies 3) Upgrade local sporting, recreation/community facilities 4) Support volunteers/fire brigades 5) Enhance security and safety through security patrols/mobile surveillance 6) Support local equestrian community. I have the time, energy and commitment to represent our remarkable community. Make your vote count.

 

Name: Darryl Trease JP
Ward: Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward
Phone: 0418917513
Emaildaymtrea@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Herne Hill
Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which one? No

About me:
I have lived in the Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward for over 43 years as a grape grower raising a family of two children with my wife Ann. I understand the pressures faced by families in the Ward, as well as the importance of caring for ageing parents. I have participated in numerous community groups dedicated to improving the Ward, including:
• Past President of the Swan Valley Rotary Club
• Vice President of the Swan Chamber of Commerce
• Member of both Rate Payer’s associations
• Grape Gowers Association President
• Active Justice of the Peace
• Sporting Club member
• Member of School P&Fs for both children.
A Councillor for the past 8 years, serving as Chairman of: The Local Emergency Management Committee, Audit Committee, Local Recovery Committee and WALGA East Metropolitan Zone and State Councillor. I am also a member of numerous council committees.
I seek your vote to continue serving with an independent and impartial voice.

Why I’m running for council:
I have re nominated to continue the successful advocacy and independent voice I have given to the Ward over the past 8 years.
The City of Swan needs to retain those Councillors that have worked hard and tirelessly to ensure that good decisions are made for the betterment of our local community.
Local Government is about facilitating a better lifestyle and work environment for our community and I pledge to continue to put people first. My ongoing priorities are to ensure a safe, secure and sustainable community for all residents with improved traffic, planning and environmental management; and the enhancement of our tourism potential and protection of our rural areas. I support policies which provide positive activities for our youth, people with disabilities, families and aged persons. I will continue to support community organisations and sporting clubs and will also work hard to continue to create a people orientated community.

My top three priorities if elected
:

  • Welcoming new residents of the Vines and Middle swan, continuing to give the same successful advocacy and independent voice to the restructured Ward.
  • See through the implementation of the Swan Valley Planning Act legislation, completing the new indoor sports facility and Fire station in Gidgegannup and creating connected integrated bridle trails throughout the city.
  • Continue to advocate for rates minimisation, transparency in local government and simpler planning processes.

 

Name: Patrick Irwin,
Ward: Swan Valley/Gidgegannup
Phone: 0414 370 145
Email: pat.i@mac.com
Suburb of residence: Woodbridge

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

About me:
As a local Architect with expertise in Urban Design, Transport and Heritage, I’ve designed community projects and homes, including in the Valley. Over twenty years I’ve supported Swan issues, including; Midland City University, Railway Heritage Museum, our Central Park (‘Midland Oval’ where our kids trained), Blackadder-Woodbridge replanting, Heritage & Tourism, plus completing 11 Avon Descents. We moved upstream with our very young family for the assets; the river access, railway, schools, shops, churches etc, arriving just in time for the 1997 Midland Charrette, which immediately got me involved with the great local community and the Natural, Cultural and Social Heritage of the area. But twenty years on, many of the Charrette ideas raised & embraced are yet to be realised. With Blackadder-Woodbridge Catchment group our community work rehabilitating the floodplain wetlands has created a major Bird Sanctuary, with over 103 bird species. This shows how much the community can achieve.

Why I’m running for council: 
Our Swan Valley and the Hills should be World-class Tourism destinations with river access, for fishing, kayaking, via wineries upstream to Walyunga with hiking, bridle-trails and cycling. My Dream revives the existing Midlands Railway through the Swan Valley, as an economical hybrid Hydrogen cell/Electric passenger rail, linking Midland, via Stratton, Herne Hill, Baskerville, The Vines, to Ellenbrook and through to Joondalup, accessing new Northern suburbs. Another vision will rebuild central Midland’s verandahs, restoring our Goldrush architecture, attracting Tourism and reviving our Retail heart. Central Midland needs a central Park; essential for recreation & health of residents, especially as housing density increases. Midland Oval is a Public asset. We need avenues of trees to cool our streets; we don’t need incinerators to poison our air. Our tourism assets must be celebrated; not hidden away. The City must maintain Public Facilities and not waste our assets being a Developer.

 

Name: Anita Peiris
Ward: Swan Valley/Gidgegannup
Phone: 0432024498
Email: anita@planandgrow.net
Suburb of residence: The Vines

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

About me:
I am a business women, author, advocate and mum. I am passionate about equality and ensuring decision makers make an effort to connect with all people. It is a priority for me to assist the vulnerable and people at risk to be heard. I have lived in the Swan Valley for 44 years. I rode my horse where there are now hundreds of homes. I love the Swan Valley and Perth Hills and want to put that love into prosperity and improved services. I own and run a family business and assist people with disabilities to access appropriate supports. In my work in the disability sector I have played a part in the NDIA roll out, been awarded Best Practice Award, Nominated for West Australian of the Year and National Australia Bank Emergency Leader.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe the Valley needs to dream bigger. I have seen the Swan Valley change from a quiet rural horse area to a quilt of patchy land division. Most divisions I believe were based on financial gains with a serious lack of consultation and planning. We have massive traffic congestion problems and pathetic bus services. A drive that should take 20 minutes takes as long as 50 minutes. A bus ride that should take you to Midland in 30 minutes takes you everywhere else but Midland. There is massive room for improvement and having lived in the Valley for 44 years, my heart is in my endeavours.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • It is time for change! Swan Valley and Gidgegannup ward has incredible potential to thrive and become a super star in the Western Australia.
  • I will scrap the crap and we will prosper! Get the City of Swan out of the 70’s and into 2017. The region continues to be a wish wash of 10 acres blocks surrounded by densely populated residential patches.
  • Empower Individuals! I will encourage local community leaders to connect and share their passions. One person can change but a team can make change.

 

Whiteman

Name: John McNamara
Ward: Whiteman
Phone: 0413 088 880
E-mail: jmac@jmac.com.au
Suburb of Residence: Ballajura

Member of Political Party
? No

Why I’m running for council:
Some 20yrs ago I recognised the serious need for facilities and services in Ballajura, I nominated and was elected in May 1997 to the then Shire of Swan Council. Since then, I have demanded and received vast improvements in Facilities and Services in the “Ballajura Ward”. My energy and dedication to serve the Community for these past 20yrs has not waned one ounce and  if Re-elected, I will continue to serve Ballajura, Malaga, Brabham and Morgan Fields (Henley Brook) Now Known as the “WHITEMAN Ward”
Please help me to help you.”
I have given 20years to the service of my community, please give me 5minutes of your time and I will give you another 4years of mine.
I confirm That, The Ballajura Aquatic Centre is Alive and well and continues to be Open for business

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Aged Care Accommodation: By end of 2017 to approve, the appointment of an accredited aged Care Provider for the immediate construction of our Aged Care Facility.
  • Safety and Security: Continued expansion of our saferoad construction and the installation of state of the art CCTV equipment throughout our Ward.
  • The design & Construction of the Malaga Waste Transfer Station

 

Name: Michelle Rosenberg
Ward: Whiteman
Phone: 0451 778 635
Email: Michelleforcityofswan@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Brabham

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

About me:
I am a proud Western Australian, my husband and I are excited to be apart of the Brabham area in this exciting time of development. Growing up in Broome I learned through active participation in youth work the importance of giving back to my community. I love living in the area and am eager to contribute more to my new community. I am dedicated to making this a fantastic and inclusive place to live through advocating on behalf of residents with well-informed, unbiased and fair decision making. I have a big heart and a big voice. I am a passionate and dedicated public servant. I aim to bring a fresh way of thinking to the council and council process. I am committed to the Whiteman Ward and greater City of Swan, this positions me to be an informed and motivated councillor who will work for the interests of residents.

Why I’m running for council:
I don’t have a personal agenda but am driven to see my community become the best it can be, and I will represent the wider community of the City of Swan. I want to encourage community engagement and activity and want to be an advocate for all community members. I will make well-informed, unbiased, fair and reasonable decisions, with the goal of supporting residents, local businesses and commmunity organisations of our area well into the future. I am a strong listener, with a big voice, so believe I will be an excellent advocate on many issues, and ensure that these issues are dealt with through a fair and just council process. With a fresh eye, fresh approach to council, I would like to future proof the City of Swan, and ensure the council is more accessible to the public they serve.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Transport, better access
  • Community safety as a going concern
  • A vibrant, sustainable and future proof city

 

Name: Bryce Parry
Ward: Whiteman
Phone: 0418 751 819
Email: bryceparry2@gmail.com
Suburb of Residence: Ballajura

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

About me:
I am married with three young children all under the age of six. I am very passionate about our environment and what is takes to raise a family within a community. My job requires me to analyse projects to deliver the best possible outcome, the same would apply to the needs and requirements of the community I live in. I believe in honesty, being respectful and caring about others. It is important to be a leader but listen to other people’s opinions and welcome to new ideas. Most of our politicians are not in the real world, they don’t listen and I don’t want to become one of them. I want to make a real difference and deliver change for everyone and the future of our kids. If elected I believe that I can show leadership when it’s needed, listen when its required and act on your behalf.

Why I’m running for council:
The City of Swan voted to change the Ballajura Ward representation to the new “Whiteman Ward”. This means our level of our Councillor interaction and representation has changed. We now have more young families, more seniors and over 44 different nationalities that need a new voice. As a father of three young children we would all like to see our rates spent better on improving our new Ward not leaving it like it was. We need modern play equipment upgrades for our kids, our uninviting parks & gardens need improving, we need better street lighting and we need CCTV to feel safe. I would like the opportunity to represent you at Council to help make those changes necessary for us. My pledge to you is, I will treat you with respect, fight to keep rates low and communicate with you. I will not let your precious money go to waste.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Stop the Closure of the Ballajura Aquatic Centre
  • Lower our Council Rates
  • Improving our Community Safety

 

Candidates who did not respond:

Amber-Lee Cohen

Patty Williams