Shire of York 2017 local government election candidates

Shire of York 2017 local government election candidates

Below are the background profiles of candidates for this local government authority. Candidates running in the election authorised and provided their background profiles to Community Newspaper Group for publication. Candidate contact details are included in each profile.

 

Name: Sharon Macdonald
Phone: 0455 399 018
Email: york1lpo@westnet.com.au
Suburb of residence: York

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

About me:
I have lived in York for 12 years with my husband and our son and we have owned the York Licensed Post Office since 2011. I have been on various committees within York.

Why I’m running for council:
I want to ensure every person has every opportunity to participate, be represented and heard in regards to all shire / community matters. I am keen to promote steady and sustainable growth in our community for ALL Community members.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Youth
  • Health, safety and wellbeing of Community
  • Economic development

 

Name: David Taylor
Phone: 0412252621
Email: davidgrant@westnet.com.au
Suburb of residence: York

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

About me:
Educated at Northam Senior High School I became a Photo-Journalist for The West Australian. I covered major police investigations, SAS military maneuvers, Royal Tours and overseas assignments including ‘Miss Universe’, South Korea. I was the Photographic/News and Feature Services Manager of the Daily News, Perth. I became Syndications Manager, WA Newspapers Holdings Limited, responsible for copyright, intellectual property protection and the marketing, promotion and sale of WAN’s intellectual property, world-wide. I was a member of WAN’s Editorial Management Board and financial accounts signatory for a multi-million dollar corporation. I owned a luxury B&B at Northam and was a member of the Northam Tourist Bureau Board. Upon request I became a Parliamentary Research Officer for the Electorate of Avon dealing with complex issues facing the electorate, its constituents and local governments. I have in-depth knowledge of the serious issues facing rural Shire Councils.

Why I’m running for council:
Rural councils are in a state of flux. WA has the greatest number of councils of any Australian State. There are over 100 regional Shires, many with less than 500 ratepayers. With the dire economic situation facing the state, there is the potential for a serious economic vacuum to develop if government grants remain static and reduced in real terms. The 2018 review of the Local Government Act 1995, will be the catalyst for change that may not favour Councils, including a forced reduction in numbers. There is a government desire to be able to sack individual councillors, have much tighter strictures regarding gifts and an increased raft of performance criteria dealing with probity and fiscal accountability. I wish to see the York Shire innovative, powerful, independent and untouchable According to government statistics I am male, but neither pale and stale with no intention to fail should I be elected.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Financial stability
  • Councillor integrity
  • Major community involvement

 

Trevor Randell – No response
Kevin Trent – No response
David Wallace – No response
Denis Warnick – No response
Tricia Walters – No response