Eight candidates via for two vacancies at Mundaring Council

EIGHT candidates in the Shire of Mundaring are chasing two vacancies in the Central Ward at next month⿿s local government elections.

Curtin University marketing and international relations student Lena Snook will become the youngest councillor elected to the Shire if her campaign is successful.

The 19-year-old former Seen and Heard volunteer, of Chidlow, said she hoped her fresh perspective on youth issues would encourage more young people to vote.

“Young people feel disconnected with local government and I want to change that; there is a large youth population in the Shire,” Ms Snook said.

Another younger contender is 23-year-old Mary Italiano, a senior tax consultant and chartered accountant from Mundaring, who wants to see a greater emphasis on attracting more tourists to the Hills.

“I’d like to see the Swan Valley tours extend through the Hills and the resurrection of the incredibly successful truffle festival or similar festivals,” Ms Italiano said.

Central Ward candidate Matthew Wilson (32) has a background in local government communications and runs the Gidgegannup pharmacy with his wife.

He would like to see an indoor stadium built in Parkerville and better internet and mobile phone coverage throughout the Shire.

“Improved sporting facilities for children and young families are a big priority; 32 per cent of the population in the Shire of Mundaring is under 24 and yet the current facilities are inadequate,” Mr Wilson said.

His concerns extend to providing improved aged care support through easier access to local health services and appropriate housing choices. Former not-for-profit chief executive Lynn Fisher, of Mundaring, believes her skill set would benefit the council with her considerable experience working with youth, disability and in the arts.

The retiree said she had the time to give the community and the ability to empower others to speak up and get involved.

“In various roles, I have learned how to facilitate and how to negotiate,” she said.

“I would introduce strategies so the community feels more involved in the decision-making process.”

Central Ward councillor of four years Leona Gu is hoping to extend her term with the Shire.

The Swan View mother-of-two and restaurant owner has represented the Shire on the Eastern Metropolitan Council and served on the audit committee.

Mrs Gu said if she is re-elected her focus would be on striking a balance between economic progress and preservation of the environment.

Aged care services and accommodation are also on the radar of the Multicultural Community Service award winner.Swan View resident Matthew Corica (42) has his eye on keeping rates low.

He said his 17-year record as a financial advisor was evidence of his ability to manage funds and represent the interests of the community. Mr Corica specialises in advisory and capital raising services for the Western Australian mining exploration sector.

Conservationist Diana Hertzler is concerned about maintaining the Hills lifestyle and care of the environment.

She would advocate council policies to involve ratepayers as stakeholders, consulted during all phases of project management.

President of the Parkerville Junior Football Club Doug Jeans is a volunteer firefighter and a strong opponent of council amalgamations.

The long-standing Mundaring resident said he was involved in fundraising for the new recreation building for many years.

“I have always believed that to achieve the best possible outcomes for the community, you must get involved,” he said.

There are two vacancies for the East Ward and candidates Stephen Fox and John Daw will be elected unopposed.