MANDURAH Councillor Dave Schumacher has a passion for his community.
He is standing as an Independent for the seat of Dawesville in the March State Election.
The 53-year-old father-of-two arrived in Mandurah in 1992 and has lived and worked in the City ever since.
He was elected to the council in 2009, standing and eventually winning on the issue of traffic flow reversal on Mandurah Terrace.
He has been a volunteer with many sporting clubs.
He has run fundraising events, raising more than $335,000 since 2009, and been involved with more than 18 local organisations and served on more than 15 council committees.
But he said he could not do all he needs to do at council level and believed as an Independent, he was midway between the Liberal and Labor parties.
“I support business and the workers,’’ he said.
“I believe the Liberal and Labor parties have lost their way and what they stand for. But party politics is not for me nor toeing the party line.
“We need representatives who focus on Mandurah, not on their party.
“People come first, it’s all about people.’’
The 2015 Australian Citizens of the Year nominee said local homeless figures and those for people in need were horrific.
“We must look after our seniors and young people,’’ he said.
Mental health is an issue which, he said, defines domestic violence, disability issues and suicide.
He would also fight for a school curriculum program covering mental and physical health and nutrition and believes Mandurah needs a fully equipped university campus as the only way to grow jobs.