Mandurah mayoral hopefuls front public meeting

Mayoral hopefuls Rhys Williams, Peter Jackson and Mark Brzezinski.
Mayoral hopefuls Rhys Williams, Peter Jackson and Mark Brzezinski.

MAYORAL hopefuls Rhys Williams, Peter Jackson and Mark Brzezinski put their views to a public meeting in Madora Bay last night .

Current Mayor Marina Vergone was unwell.

The meeting was organised by Madora Bay Community Association member Craig Salt, who said Mandurah was at a crossroads.,

“The election of mayor is really significant and we must decide what we want for our future,’’ he said.

The three were asked a series of questions.

One was their most significant contributions to Mandurah:

Williams: A health project for youth 12 years ago now used around Australia, founding Make Place and breaking through the glass ceiling when he was voted onto the council at the age of 21.

Jackson: Having helped achieve wonderful results as a councillor, being on the board of Mandurah and Peel Tourism Association and a member of the Mandurah Liquor Accord.

Brzezinski: His family had been in the area for more than 50 years and he knew how people felt about it.

Their priorities:

Jackson: Building a united council (especially with a potential six new councillors and Mayor), building a team and making decisions that were doable and made sense and building business confidence.

Brzezinski: Building up the low morale at the council and getting more recognition for its members and making time for ratepayers to discuss problems with council staff rather than by email.

He said he would like the council to slow down a little and “have a good think about everything we do”.

Williams: Tackling crime and building stronger neighbourhoods, job creation and establishing an expenditure review committee to ensure money was well spent.

A question from the audience related to election sponsorship.

Mr Williams said he had used crowdfunding, donations and his own money.

Mr Jackson cashed in some superannuation, and called Williams’ campaign “awesome” and 100 per cent how a campaign should be run.

Mr Brzezinski said he was not spending money on advertising.

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