City of Belmont 2017 local government election candidates

City of Belmont 2017 local government election candidates

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Below are the background profiles of candidates for this local government authority. Candidates running in the election authorised and provided their background profiles to Community Newspaper Group for publication. Candidate contact details are included in each profile.

East

Name: Bernie Ryan
Ward contested: East
Phone: 0418941328
Email: bernieryanpmvp@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Redcliffe

Do you belong to any political party? Did not respond.

About me:
I have lived in the East Ward of the City of Belmont for over 50 years. I have six children and eight grandchildren and I appreciate strong family values. As a jockey I won two Perth Cups and served as president of the W.A. Jockey’s Association for over 30 years. I am a Trustee for the National Jockey’s Trust and was awarded the 2001 Centenary Medal and the 2008  Belmont Rotary Citizen of The Year Award for outstanding service to the community. Having witnessed the City’s rapid growth first hand, I am excited by the current projects being undertaken within the community and I am overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of the City. In almost four years as your East Ward Councillor, I believe I have actively listened to my constituents and been willing to put in the necessary action to ensure your needs are met.

Why I am running for Council:
I am seeking re-election to the East Ward of the City of Belmont. The City needs Councillors with life and council experience. We also need forward thinking councillors to lead the community at a time of great development and expansion. Experience and strong leadership makes a difference. I am proud of the projects I have contributed towards as your representative, including the development and renaming of the Redciffe Railway Station, opening of the Belmont Men’s Shed and the upgrade of Garvey Park and Albert Jordan Park in Tibradden. As well my involvement in the renewal of Great Eastern Highway, the ’Gateway” Project, and Perth Airport Development Projects, and the reduction of aircraft noise. With the communities vision and drive, I also see an East Ward Hub, containing cafés, alfresco dinning, small business outlets, and much needed employment in a safe environment.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • A safer environment for families.
  • Better planning for housing and parking.
  • More consultation and involvement of the community.

 

Name: Bella Scharfenstein
Ward: East
Phone: 0437 287 210
Email: bellamady@westnet.com.au
Suburb of residence: Redcliffe

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
I have a strong interest in community and community service and am fortunate to be able to contribute to volunteering in my job as administration officer with the SES Volunteers Association. As a resident of Redcliffe from 2008, and Rivervale 20 years prior to that, I have established myself in the community of Belmont and been active in advocating on behalf of the community in response to various matters which have raised concern with residents. Once I take up a cause, I am committed to it and won’t be intimidated to back down. Honesty, sincerity and integrity are values I uphold and expect from those in public office. My other passion is art and I am studying at Curtin for a Degree in Fine Art.

Why I’m running for council:
People are often unhappy about decisions made by government and are left feeling powerless and disenchanted. However, we are incredibly lucky that in Australia everyone has the opportunity to participate in government and there is always the possibility to affect change. I see an important part of my role as Councillor to assist and encourage people to participate in local government processes, to enable them to achieve positive outcomes and a sense of empowerment. I aim to ensure residents’ voices are heard. This may require changes to local government procedures that impede Councillors’ acting effectively on behalf of their community. I won’t make promises about things that can’t be delivered by one individual, but I aim to ensure resident’s concerns are genuinely listened to by Council and they are given a genuine opportunity to make submissions on important Council policy matters that will impact them.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Improvement to Community consultation processes. Invitation for public comment should provide realistic time frames for the community to respond. Simultaneously, improvement to Council communications informing the community about policies they propose to implement.
  • Investigate improvement to planning and policies that retain and restore public recreational amenities and open space in the City. 7% recreational space is too low for the health and well being of the community, particularly children.
  • To encourage the development of entertainment precincts throughout the City – cafes, bars and restaurants. More people on the streets enjoying public amenities is the best crime deterrent. Wouldn’t it be great not to have to travel to Victoria Park or Guildford/Midland for a night out?

 

Name: Debra walter
Ward: East
Email: kadiji72@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Kewdale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
Belmont has been my home for over 40 years. I have lived, worked and been educated in Belmont. Having raised a family in the area, i have a wide understanding of my community. I have been a volunteer for 12 years with Belmont Sister City, a member of the Belmont RSL and other no-profit orginisations. I will support a 24hr Police Station and work with local police for a safer Belmont. I will work to raise issues on behalf of residents for multi – purpose dwellings, parking, safety, youth and seniors. I am passionate about my council and community and I will work for you all year round not just during elections. Vote for me and I will always put Belmont First.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Review planning laws to prevent future problems with high rise, multi-dwelling developments and parking
  • Working with local police on security and crime fighting in Belmont
  • Welfare and safety for Seniors, improving services provided to them

 

Name: David Nairn
Ward: East
Phone: 0404 904 010
Email: David.Nairn@outlook.com.au
Suburb of residence: Redcliffe

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No.

About me:
I am a Redcliffe local who has lived and worked within the City of Belmont for most of my life and I want to see the area be the best it can be. I am experienced in small business and local government and I want to bring that experience, and fresh ideas, to the City of Belmont. I grew up in a family where service to the community was central to our values. My father, uncle and great grandfather have all been long term advocates for their communities in local government, so I guess you could say it’s in my blood! In my downtime I like to support local arts and cultural events and I would love to support more local events as your local councillor.

Why I’m running for council:
I love our local area and I believe we have all the ingredients to be one of the best places in Perth to live, work and raise a family. I really think it is time for some fresh faces on council. What I hear from residents every day, is that the current council is too focused on development, at the expense of residents and their amenity. Development and change are a fact of life, but other councils work better with residents to ensure that there is a net benefit from quality developments. The legacy from development in our area should not be parking problems, traffic issues and angry residents. If elected, I will be responsive to residents and their concerns, and I will speak up on the matters that are important to our community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • I will represent resident’s interests – developments are currently approved with minimal consultation and without addressing resident’s legitimate concerns.
  • I want to support local businesses, including more cafes and eateries into our area and I will work with owners to improve the amenity of our local shopping strips.
  • I will work to reduce crime in our suburbs and improve our security services, including advocating for Belmont police station to be open 24 hours.

 

South 

 

Name: Elizabeth Newton-Faas
Ward: South
Phone: 0414277377
Emailliznewton159@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Cloverdale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Did not respond.

About me:
Passionate about people, Elizabeth is currently studying Counselling to further her work in this area. She volunteers with many Non-For-Profit groups in the local community, including YouthCARE, Cloverdale & Kewdale Primary School P&C’s, and is heavily involved with Elevate Church. Elizabeth lives an active, community-oriented lifestyle with her husband and three children, and is seeking a more involved role in making a positive impact in the city of Belmont. With more than 25 years’ working in the banking industry, Elizabeth has gained comprehensive experience in leadership, organisation, and planning that can only be obtained through hard work and dedication.
Being part of Belmont’s culturally rich, diverse, accepting community, is a privilege, and Elizabeth considers it an honour to put forward her name in this election. Elizabeth will do whatever she can to contribute to this already wonderful, growing city.

 

Name: Janet Gee
Ward: South
Phone: 0414 395 729
Email: janetgee18@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Cloverdale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Did not respond.

About me:
Decisions of council affect us all, so it’s important to have people with ability and commitment representing you. My qualifications are a Diploma in Local Government and Business, for 11 years was a nurse at PMH,
managed a Community Youth Centre for 3 years and have worked in State and Local Government. I live in South Ward and have been actively involved in the community for 30 years. I want your support to:
– Improve safety and reduce crime by advocating for greater police presence in Belmont, increasing CCTV and better street lighting
– Provide more facilities for youth and seniors
– Have better community consultation with an increase in community projects
– Make changes to the city’s planning scheme preventing residents being affected by inappropriate developments
– Increase public open space and upgrade/increase amenities in our parks.
I am committed to doing my best for the residents of Belmont.

 

Name: Giles Miller
Ward: South
Phone: 0410 926 145
Email: candidategiles@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Kewdale

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I am a family man; the proud father of two young children. We have been residents of Kewdale since 2011 and I am in the fortunate position where my wife has supported my decision to run for Council. The majority of my recreation time is spent with my family enjoying the City of Belmont. You may have seen me riding my bike, walking our dog or out with the children. I work as an Insurance Broker in West Perth and cycle to work daily. My academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma of Insurance Broking. I am a candidate who is non-party aligned and has no attachment to any interest or business group.

Why I’m running for council:
Quite simply, because I care and I am ready to dedicate myself to the demands of the job. We are raising a family in Kewdale and I want my children to grow up in a suburb that is safe, clean, has great facilities and a strong sense of community. I don’t want to sit back and complain; I want to get involved and contribute.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Continued investment in parks and public spaces particularly recreation facilities
  • Security and community safety
  • Establish a night food market and/or farmers’ market

 

 

Name: Janet Powell
Ward: South
Phone: 0407277391
Email: janetpowell@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: Cloverdale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
I am a long-term resident of Cloverdale where I live with my partner Arthur, and have two grown up daughters Rachel and Naomi Pietracatella and one granddaughter Aria; my family have supported me in my service to the people of Belmont. Over the last 16 years, I have represented the interests of South Ward and Belmont on numerous council committees and the EMRC, our regional council. I have spent my life volunteering and working for important community groups and organisations like the Red Cross, St John Ambulance and I have been the manager of Neighbourhood Watch for the past 20 years. I have a business background, and I am a good listener, which has really helped me as a councillor. I am driven to make Belmont a better and safer place for our families.

Why I’m running for council:
You asked me to save The Belmont Sport and Recreation Club. The council have paid $174,000 to keep the doors open, but it won’t be enough to resurrect the club, which was approaching insolvency. I want to be around to ensure the proper management of the club you the residents have paid for. I also have my long-term financial projects of getting more government funds for Belmont and better financial support from the airport. My continued pressure has resulted in visible community upgrades and improvements to safety. Being politically independent, I answer only to my residents who deserve knowledgeable and sincere representation and I have proven that I can be trusted to make good decisions. I live here too and do not want my rates squandered. I have seen how easy it is for councils to go backward and I will not see Belmont go that way.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Continue the top management of the city and keeping rates low and at CPI, as I have done for the past 16 years. This is the best way to manage, anyone who persists telling you otherwise is misleading you.
  • Fight for more state funds for further security and street patrols. These proven measures have brought down crime in our city.
  • Parks enrich the lives of our residents and all our parks have been upgraded in the last few years. I will make sure our ward’s parks, Forster, Faulkner, Volcano Park, Miles Park, and Tomato Lake are properly maintained.

 

Name: Jenny Davis (did not respond)

Name: Maher Kassem (did not respond)

West

Name: Deborah Sessions
Ward: West
Phone: 0403 907 856
Email: sessions.belmont@yahoo.com
Suburb of residence: Rivervale

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
My name is Deb Sessions and I have been a Rivervale resident for over 8 years.  The City of Belmont is the place that I’ve chosen to raise my young family because there is a wonderful sense of community here. As Councillor, a priority for me would be to build on that community spirit and bring our residents together. I want to see more social activities and community events that help us all get to know each other, work as a group and improve our city. Good people are the heart of a good city and I believe that we have great residents. Together, I want to help reduce crime, increase facilities and introduce more recreational activities. I want to see more playgrounds, cafes and local support services to assist residents of all ages and I want to be an active part of that in our community.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m running for council because I care about where I live, my neighbours and my family. I think the City of Belmont is a wonderful place and I want to keep it that way. My ambition within council, is purely that of a passionate resident. I want to push to improve the safety of our City and make it a welcoming place for visitors and new residents and I want to ensure that over development does not ruin the beautiful parklands and greenery that we are so lucky to have. And finally, I want to see local support services available for residents of all ages. The people are the heart of our City so we need to look after each other.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Keep Belmont green (protect our parkland/prevent over development)
  • Improve safety/reduce crime for all residents
  • Increase facilities that support residents and bring us together

 

Name: Mark Luzi
Ward: West
Phone: 0401 270 533
Email: markluzi@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Kewdale

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I am your independent candidate seeking your support for West Ward. I will bring a common-sense approach to Council. I am a registered Town Planner and have extensive local government experience. I am fortunate to know how the system works. I have seen lots of change over the years. What is happening now with over development is not good and must stop. I have had a 40 year association with the Belmont district. Attending Belmont Senior High School, worked in the City and I continue to be a ratepayer. I have a passion for the local area and have played sport locally, as have my children. A Council must work with the community to build trust, show respect and work as a team for the betterment of our community. I will be your voice on Council.

Why I’m running for council:
We need to stop high rise and multi-level units in the wrong residential areas. Poor development is causing parking problems, this must be fixed. As a registered Town Planner, together we can save the liveability of our local areas. If elected I will be immediately calling for a review of all housing strategies, and the City’s Town Planning scheme. I am committed to reducing wasteful Council spending, which will lower our rates. The City needs to support local businesses. I will support crime preventative actions, seeking more security patrols and cameras. I will support our local volunteers and sporting groups by proposing a range of supporting grants.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Stop high rise and multi-level units in the wrong residential areas by requesting a review of all housing strategies and the City’s Town Planning Scheme
  • Reduce wasteful Council spending, which will lower our rates.
  • Crime preventative actions, with more security patrols and cameras.

 

 

Name: Lauren Cayoun
Ward: West
Phone: 0416 380 633
Email: cayoun@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Rivervale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Yes, Labor.

About me:
I’ve lived in Rivervale for 32 years and 5 generations of my family have called Belmont home. I’m proud to be the youngest member of the Belmont Council, having been elected in 2013. I have an 11-year-old daughter and currently work as a public servant. I serve on a number of Council Committees including as the Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee and Chairperson of the Cultural Diversity Focus Group.

Why I’m running for council:
As a lifelong resident, I want to give back to the community that raised me. I’ve been your Councillor for four years and in that time, I’ve fought against bad development which fills our streets with parked cars and creates traffic congestion. Too often residents feel they’ve not been adequately consulted around higher density development, and I want to continue working to improve the way we consult. I believe that Council can do more to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, especially at hot spots like Kooyong Rd Shops. I’ve voted for crime fighting initiatives and lobbied for a 24hr police station, and I want to continue the fight for better community safety. I’ve voted to reduce costs by scrapping extravagances like $70,000pa on Councillor meals and clothing allowance, but have not yet won this fight on Council. I am keen to keep working to reduce this sort of expenditure.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Fight for better consultation around high density development – existing communities must be respected
  • Improve community safety by lobbying for a 24hr police station and more police, and supporting crime fighting initiatives
  • Make Council more accountable to you by recording Council Meeting Minutes and scrapping unnecessary items of expenditure like expensive Councillor meals

 

 

Name: Henry Michael
Ward: West
Phone: 0409 454 270
Email: mad.ss@bigpond.net.au
Suburb of residence: Rivervale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Did not respond.

About me:
I was brought up in country Western Australia and as such have a community spirit which I would like to extend to the West Ward of the City of Belmont. I have lived in Rivervale for the last 16 years and have owner/operated a successful courier business over the last 15 years of that time. I am now retired and would like to put back some of my experience into the Belmont area. I have obtained some experience in the administration of city councils having worked for the Perth City Council for 12 years a number of years ago. I am running for Council in the hope that primarily I can help the senior citizens in the area with their various concerns.

My top three priorities if elected are:

  • Senior citizens
  • Prevention of crime in the area
  • Making the West Ward a safe place to live and work.

 

Name: David Hulm
Ward: West
Phone: 0451 755 010
Email: david_hulm@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Belmont

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
I served over 10 years in the Royal Australian Navy with active service in East Timor. I also served on HMAS Darwin for the Damask 3 Operation as a part of the post Gulf War trade sanction enforcement fleet operating in the Red Sea. I owned and operated a small business for over 7 years with up to 4 staff working with me at various times. I have 2 grown children and my daughter has 2 sons who are an absolute joy to have! I have lived in the West Ward of Belmont for the last 12 years and I love it here. I currently work as a coffee machine service technician for a coffee company in Osborne Park (and yes I love coffee). I also love tennis, I am a member of the Belmont Park Tennis club and have been involved with the club for more than 10 years.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m running for Belmont council because I will help improve crime prevention, safety for all residents and encourage Belmont to become a more connected community. Belmont has enormous potential, with a central location which is close to the CBD, Perth Stadium, airport and Swan River it is an amazing place in which to live. However, I believe it is being held back by high crime rates and high level of anti-social behaviour. With a strong focus on crime prevention, safety and a more connected community, I will help maximise that potential. With no links to any political parties I will listen to the residents and act in their best interests faithfully and passionately.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Crime prevention
  • Connected Community
  • Safety for all residents

 

Name: George Sekulla
Ward: West
Phone: 0431 963 660
Email: georgesekulla@hotmail.com
Suburb of Residence: Rivervale

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Did not respond.

About me:
I have lived in Rivervale for 39 years and my family have lived in the Belmont area for more than 65 years. I am now raising my young family here, with my wife Dianna. I work as a secondary school Associate Principal, I am an active Justice of the Peace, President of the Belmont Community Group, a proud member of the City of Belmont RSL and I’m involved with the Notre Dame Parish.

Why I’m running for council:
I want to ensure that Belmont residents are at the very centre of Council decision making and that their concerns are not ignored in the interests of dodgy developments. I will be pushing for genuine engagement between the Council and ratepayers into the future. Our local area has great potential but we need an energetic council with fresh ideas to see it realised.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • I will always work hard to keep our Council rates low;
  • I will act to improve Council transparency and accountability;
  • I will always fight for local residents, rather than bad developments.

 

Name: Marques Newton.
Ward: West
Phone: 0402251185
Email: newtonmarques@yahoo.com
Suburb of residence: Belmont

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? No

About me:
Newton is an active Justice of the Peace, father of three, businessman, pursuing a Doctorate in ‘Safety and Risk Management’; he has been a Lead OH&S Inspector (Federal) with proven knowledge of applicable legislative requirements; a social worker, former FIFA referee and present sportsman.
He has been involved in various active Community service; such as Justice of the Peace, helping seniors to council library, volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Society, Carer with Guide Dogs WA, Safeguarding Officer for protecting young and vulnerable adults and a volunteer Radio Presenter at Multicultural radio station 6EBA FM.

Why I’m running for council:
To advocate fairness, transparency and accountability; with a 24/7 focus on my electorate by resolving issues within the community.
Striving to building a safe and united family friendly city, resolving issues like poor street lighting (Belmont), inappropriate in-fills (Rivervale), poor streets-cape and verges, preservation of kilns (Ascot), less parking, improved public transport, better utilized recreational facilities, and more community involvement and interaction.
I will work constructively with the community and my fellow Councillors. Make me, “Your Voice and Your Choice!”

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Strive to building a safe and united family friendly city, with improved police presence, continued surveillance and enhanced Neighbourhood watch.
  • Try and reduce community rates which are already high in present poor economic times.
  • Get the community involved and connected by better use of existing recreational facility, parks and garden, and by organising more community related functions and giving the community a greater say in the council.

 

Name: Christopher Kulczycki (did not respond)