Perth MLA Carey to focus on jobs, tourism and support for small business in 2018


John Carey dressed as Dr Evil for his Halloween party fundraiser last year. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d474780
John Carey dressed as Dr Evil for his Halloween party fundraiser last year. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d474780

PERTH MLA John Carey will scale back on his elaborate themed parties this year to focus on smaller events.

The former City of Vincent mayor was last year elected to State Parliament after an unconventional campaign including online fundraising tactics inspired by former US president Barack Obama and dressing as Edward Scissorhands for a fundraising Halloween party to gain support.

But after two Halloween parties and a busy 2018 planned, Mr Carey is hanging up his costumes for a while.

“That was my creative outlet, but I am having a break,” he said.

“I will have a break from Halloween this year; maybe I will do that every second year.

“People who know me know I don’t do things by halves.

“I will focus on smaller events.”

Mr Carey said this year he would follow through with the work done by Activate Perth, created in response to the results of his Perth City Summit last year.

“This year I want to focus on jobs, tourism and supporting small business,” he said.

“I want to cut red tape and help small businesses.

“I also want to tackle homelessness, and work with the City of Perth on that, to see a more co-ordinated approach to the services available.

“We have a large number of services, which is great, but there are duplicates and gaps.”

Mr Carey said he would also focus on delivering inner-city election promises regarding education.