INTRODUCED to community service through her father and Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey, Rebecca Aubrey hopes to continue the family tradition after being selected to contest the seat of Willagee by the Liberal Party.
Ms Aubrey, Melville’s current Deputy Mayor, said she had long admired her father’s role in the community and her interest in local government intensified after witnessing firsthand the diversity of items the City of Melville dealt with.
“I previously attended a few events with (Russell) and was overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and friendliness of the people he was engaging with,” she said.
“I was always interested in local government, having taken some relevant subjects at university, but wanted to wait until I could make the time commitment before nominating.
“In 2013, I knew that I was in a position to dedicate my time to the City and I nominated for election.
“It has been an incredible journey, with recent highlights including appointment onto the Local Government Standards Panel, and more recently appointment to the position of Deputy Mayor.”
Ms Aubrey attended Leeming Senior High School before completing a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce at Murdoch University.
“Following that, I completed studies to enable me to practice law, graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and last month finished a Masters of Business Administration,” she said.
“I have worked as an accountant and as a lawyer, however, I quickly realised that I enjoyed negotiating and managing contracts.
“This specialty has seen me work in the mining, agriculture, construction and energy industries.”
An electoral boundary shuffle in 2015 has cut Labor MP Peter Tinley’s Willagee margin to just 2.5 per cent, opening the door for the Liberals to snatch the traditionally safe red seat.
“The electorate is diverse but consistent issues are traffic, employment and social issues such as drug abuse, related mental health and family violence which threaten the fabric of community life,” Ms Aubrey said.
“(Perth Freight Link) will be a key issue for the southern suburbs this election, particularly in Willagee.
“Some residents understand the value of building the bypass while others are misled and confused about how it may impact them. I hope to ensure that people vote on March 11 fully informed about both.”