HAVING lived in the City of Cockburn for 35 years, Antony Svilicich believes that safe, connected and friendly communities are the foundations of a great city.
“I grew up in Spearwood and it breaks my heart to see the suburb in such a state of decline, with an increasing crime rate, lack of investment in public amenities and people referring to the suburb as ‘Spearhood’,” he said.
Mr Svilicich’s top five priorities in running for council are improving safety and security, better management of environmentally sensitive areas, easing congestion on local roads, redevelopment of the old Cockburn Power Station and the establishment of a business network centre.
In December 2018, Mr Svilicich established the Spearwood Progress Association and as president provided leadership in combating abandoned shopping trolleys, high crime and derelict buildings.
“I also provided valuable feedback to council on planned upgrades to Rockingham Road and Smart Park,” he said.
“As a crime prevention campaigner, my priority for the West Ward is to increase the focus on safety and security and offer more meaningful crime prevention initiatives to council.”
Mr Svilicich said congestion is increasing on local roads and though there is ongoing debate about Roe 8 he does not believe building more roads is the solution to traffic problems.
“I am a firm believer in mass transit systems such as trains and buses and if we can get 60,000 people to Optus Stadium in under three hours, there is no reason why we can’t develop similar systems connecting our suburbs,” he said.
Mr Svilicich believes a great way to help with Cockburn’s unemployment rate and create jobs is to re-develop the old Cockburn Power Station.
“The Power Station has lain dormant now for nearly 40 years and has been an eyesore for too long,” he said.
“It would be a great place to build a hotel with board walks, cafes, restaurants and even a jetty with boats taking people out on cruises and to our beloved Rottnest Island.
“As a former volunteer with Fishability and a long term member of Cockburn Power Boats Association, I understand the importance of protecting our valuable marine environment.
“With debate ramping up about the outer harbour, I would like to see better protection of Cockburn Sound and other environmentally sensitive areas.
“I genuinely believe that the West Ward needs better representation on council and a vote for me is a vote for strong community leadership and commitment to my personal values of integrity, commitment and community focus.”