Community stalwarts in Shire of Kalamunda election race

NOT satisfied with just teaching kids to do the right thing, Constable Care chief executive David Gribble, a 15-year resident of Lesmurdie, has nominated for the local government elections in the Shire of Kalamunda South East Ward.

There are a further four nominees in the ward, including two sitting councillors, for two positions.

A former student of Kalamunda Primary and Kalamunda Senior High School, Mr Gribble has been the chief executive of the WA children’s safety charity for the past five years. He has an MBA, is on the board of the Independent Living Centre of WA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cr John Giardina was born and raised in the Shire and has been on the council for 28 years. As the Deputy Shire President he is passionate about the community, particularly in Lesmurdie and Pickering Brook. A foundation member of the Save Kalamunda Action Group, Cr Giardina has always supported local groups, schools, emergency groups and Jorgensen Park Learning Centre.

Frank Lindsey is a sitting councillor. He and his family have lived in the Shire for 30 years. He is chairman of the investment committee, a representative on the EMRC and keen to expand the Darling Range regional Park into adjoining forests.

Andre Wheeler has lived in the shire since 1997.

His interests are in improving services at a lower cost by reviewing current spending priorities.

Michael Fernie is a fourth-generation primary producer from the Pickering Brook area and a father and partner with two daughters. He is president of the Pickering Brook Football Club and a member of the committee at Pickering Brook Sports Club and the Hills Improvement Group. He is also a life member of Hills Football Association.

Next week we take a fuller look at nominees in the other wards, including:

North: Tracy Destree, Richard Larsen and Margaret Thomas (incumbent).

South West: Two vacancies and four nominees: Allan Morton (incumbent), Justin Whitten (incumbent), Alethea Raspa and Brooke O’Donnell.

North West: Clinton Nordhoff and Sara Lohmeyer.