Mundaring Shire deputy president Darrell Jones eyes top job

SHIRE of Mundaring Deputy President Darrell Jones will nominate for the top job if he retains his seat in the local government elections.

The South Ward councillor confirmed his intention to stand following Shire chief executive Jonathan Throssell’s announcement on Monday of the decision by Shire President Helen Dullard and Cr Alan Pilgrim not to stand for re-election.

“While they still have another five weeks to serve on council, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Cr Pilgrim and Cr Dullard for their service and commitment to the shire and the local community,” Mr Throssell said.

Cr Jones, of Helena Valley, is relying on his experience in finance and economics, and “a sensible balance between environment and economic development” as his vote winner.

The 49-year-old father-of-two, a councillor for the past six years, said working as an independent director allowed time to be effective and he saw careful money management as the way forward for the council.

A newcomer to the elections and standing against Cr Jones for the South Ward is James Martin, of Boya, a 40-year-old father of two young children.

He said he felt driven to stand for council after becoming increasingly concerned about the rising direction of rates.

The small business owner, experienced in financial management, said annual reports showed a 54 per cent increase in rates from 2009 through to the forecast figure for next year.

“According to the Shire business plan, over the next nine years (2016-2025) the forecast shows another 70 per cent rise. I can’t see the justification for that,” he said.