A FORMER police officer with a commendation for bravery, Patrick Hall will no doubt show fearlessness in leadership as he tackles his new role as the City of Canning’s Mayor.
No stranger to tough situations, the former Bannister Ward Councillor endured a tight race to the Mayoral finish line at the recent elections, defeating 11 fellow candidates including incumbent Mayor Paul Ng with 20.3% of the votes.
Humbled and honoured with his new title, Mayor Hall said he does not consider himself a politician.
“I am a resident just like everyone else, except that I have this fortunate opportunity to be Mayor,” he said.
“My key focus across my term of office will be to advocate on behalf of Canning at every opportunity. I aim to be far more visible in the community so that I can best understand the requirements of our residents.”
A week into his term and Mayor Hall seems true to his word, fixing a local residents reticulation himself, after they indicated an election sign had caused damage.
“The family seemed a little shocked, firstly that I turned up myself and secondly that I was capable of fixing it,” he said.
Born and raised in the area, with four generations of his family still in Canning, Mayor Hall said he was focused on making the City of Canning an even better place to live.
“My parents Leo and Lorraine Hall, moved to Corbel Street in Shelley back in 1963, where they lived for 50 years,” he said.
“Mum and Dad owned and operated Riverton Tyres in Yampi Way for many years until their retirement and now live in Willetton.”
Mayor Hall and wife Trudi live a stone’s throw from the Riverton Bridge and have four adult sons, three of which live locally with two of their four grandkids.
“I practically grew up fishing and playing on the Shelley and Rossmoyne foreshore, and still spend an awful lot of time there with Trudi and our family,” he said.
“More recently the Kent Street Weir precinct and Canning River Regional Park have become a big part of my life and I really enjoy exploring the park on my bike anywhere from Woodloes Homestead and Mason’s Landing through to Kent Street Weir and the new dog park there. It’s Perth’s best kept secret.”
Mr Hall said becoming Mayor was the proudest moment of his life and he was grateful he could share the moment with his family, friends and supporters.
“The recent election has seen Councillors Mark Bain and Craig Sweeney join Canning’s Council and I feel incredibly positive about the new dynamic that they will bring,” he said.
“I intend for my tenure as Mayor to be known for my authenticity and honesty, my visibility right across the entire community, and my genuine willingness to engage with community groups, business leaders – and both sides of politics, to achieve the best possible outcomes for Canning.
“More than anything, I will use my time as Mayor to improve communication between the City’s administration and its community, take every opportunity to reduce red-tape and simplify processes, and to challenge the status quo and introduce innovative thinking to solve local issues.
“Residents can rely on me to ask the questions that need to be asked, to act ethically at all times, to show strong leadership, to follow through on promises, and to keep downward pressure on rates by reigning in non-essential spending. “
Mayor Hall is also a member of the Riverton RSL Sub-branch, the Canning Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society, the Wilson Ratepayers and Residents Association, the Corinthian Park Tennis Club, and is the Chair of the Shelley Primary School Board.