AS a City of Bayswater North Ward councillor for five years, Michelle Sutherland has worked to make Noranda and Morley a more vibrant community.
“I am a long-time resident of Noranda and a full-time high school teacher and since being elected, I have worked on issues that affect the local community,” she said.
“I try to focus on core council issues with sport a particular passion of mine; I play tennis and lawn bowls, coach tennis and soccer as well as enjoying being a spectator.
“I have advocated for the redevelopment of the Morley Recreation Centre to make our basketball and rugby facilities one of the best in the state and work with both tiers of governments to upgrade facilities.
“I am also a social member of the Morley Noranda Sporting Association and Noranda Vibes, a community group focusing on bringing events to Noranda.”
Ms Sutherland believes parks are an important asset and must be maintained and improved and supports the Friends of Lightning Swamp.
“As infill increases in Morley and Noranda it is important to keep improving our parks, we need more shaded areas over playgrounds, improved gym equipment and barbecue facilities,” she said.
Ms Sutherland said she understood the cost of living pressures affecting families.
“I have been committed to keeping rate rises to a minimum and I voted against excessive rate increases of 4.9 per cent in 2017 and 2.95 per cent in 2019,” she said.
If re-elected, Ms Sutherland will concentrate her efforts on obtaining sensible planning solutions to the Noranda nursery site and improving pedestrian access to Noranda Palms Shopping Centre.
While Ms Sutherland supports the planting of street trees and the greening of the city, it is important to have a sensible approach to the trimming and removal of trees when necessary.