City of Canning 2017 local government election candidates

City of Canning 2017 local government election candidates

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.

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Bannister

Name:  Kevin Drake
Ward contested: Bannister
Phone: 0411129436
Email:   kevin.drake.canning@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Rossmoyne

Are you a member of a political party: Did not respond

About me:
I have lived locally with my young family for many years and have strong credentials to serve our wonderful community. I have two Masters degrees in Strategic Marketing and International Business and currently teach at UWA. My working background has been mainly in business and project management.
I have been active in our community and wish to make a greater contribution towards building a better and stronger community. I believe we can do more to enhance our amenities such as parks and recreational facilities, especially for our youth and seniors.

Improving ratepayer communications with Council, reflecting significant local needs, is essential and we need to keep rates as low as practicable. Improve road safety and community security are important matters to me, and I want to I have lived locally with my young family for many years and have strong credentials to serve our wonderful community. I have two Masters degrees in Strategic Marketing and International Business and currently teach at UWA. My working background has been mainly in business and project management.
I have been active in our community and wish to make a greater contribution towards building a better and stronger community. I believe we can do more to enhance our amenities such as parks and recreational facilities, especially for our youth and seniors. Improving ratepayer communications with Council, reflecting significant local needs, is essential and we need to keep rates as low as practicable.
Improve road safety and community security are important matters to me, and I want to be your advocate on issues reflecting views across the spectrum of local government responsibilities.
I respectfully ask for your vote.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Building a stronger and better commuinity.
  • Improving ratepayer commuincations with City of Canning by creating a strong commuinication forum so I can be your advocate on issues reflecting views across the spectrum of local government responsibilities.
  • Improve road safety and community security.

 

Name: Caroline Dunsire
Ward contested:  Bannister
Phone: (08) 9259 5263
Email: caroline4bannister@gmail.com
Suburb of Residence: Rossmoyne

Member of a Political Party: No

About Me:
I was born in country WA and no I will not tell you when! My early years were spent in Albany and then in Inglewood until I returned to rural WA as a teacher. Married to a fellow ‘Chalk’ we built our first home in Stringybark Ramble, Willetton. We built a number of times, Willetton, Shelley and now Rossmoyne. We had two children and a series of dogs. I taught at Riverton and Burrendah and alsothe old Canning Vale Primaryand Gibbs Street in East Cannington. Our children attended Shelley PS and played sport (T-ball, baseball, minkey, hockey, basketball and Aussie Rules) for the local clubs and sailed at Shelley. The oldest now lives in Willetton with his family. We both retired from education in 2007 and now run a successful small business in Welshpool. Now dog-less, we happily babysit the grandchildren’s dog and cats and them of course!

Why I Am Running For Council:
Living in our Ward (in its various sizes for over 40 years), I have a deep appreciation of the area and the Community. For many years I’ve attended Council meetings admiring the efforts but also despairing as our area was ignored. The return to an elected council with all the interest that created was a special time for Canning. Now in Bannister, only one viewpoint is listened to and the concerns of the rest dismissed, often disrespectfully. Dog Exercise Areas, Shelley Foreshore spring to mind. Little thought bubbles designed for elections, are NOT sensible and sustainable for long-term planning and often lack common-sense.
As the Inaugural Chairperson and Community Representative on the City’s Canning Advisory Group, a member of the Canning Reconciliation Action Groupand active in the Residents Association for 20 years, I have the skills and strong insights into our community, that are so important for quality representation.

My Three Priorities If Elected:

  • Re-establishing respectful, transparent and valid forms of communication and consultation for the residents of Bannister
  • Bringing common-sense to developing sustainable Master plans (such as foreshore management, infill etc).
  • Ensuring that essential projects, (eg: underground power for the rest of Bannister, safer entry points to Leach Highway and useable playgrounds) are given primary consideration.

 

Name: Patrick Hall
Ward contested: Bannister
Phone: 0403 016436
Email: cr.phall@canning.wa.gov.au
Suburb of residence: Wilson

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
Raised in Shelley, where my parents Leo and Lorraine Hall lived for almost 50 years, I understand the local issues that are important to us all.  As your current serving Councillor I have been the strong voice on Canning Council that I promised I would be, have immersed myself in the community, and worked tirelessly on behalf of residents and local community groups.  I am Chair of the Shelley Primary School Council, a member of the Corinthian Park Tennis Club and the Riverton RSL, a former CEO of the Shenton Park Dogs’ Refuge Home; a proud 20 year veteran of the WA Police, and I live a stone’s throw from the old Riverton Bridge. Your vote will enable me to continue the work that I have started in Willetton, Shelley, Rossmoyne, and Riverton, and to play a key role on your behalf in the City’s future planning and management.

Why I’m running for council:
I am running again for Council because serving my community and representing the interests of Riverton, Rossmoyne, Shelley and Willetton – the area in which I grew up, has been incredibly rewarding on a professional and personal level. My election to Council in 2015 allowed me to roll up my sleeves and deeply involve myself with the issues that are important to the community.  I have listened – and will keep listening, and have worked incredibly hard to improve communication between the residents and the City, and to promote the best interests of the area at every possible opportunity.

My experience on Council, and close working relationship with Councillor Ben Kunze, has already provided significant benefits for the Bannister Ward, and I am now asking for the support of the community so that I can continue to serve their interests, and be their strong voice on the Canning Council.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To ensure that genuine community consultation is central to all Council decision-making
  • Ensure that spending is kept in check and that the City of Canning learns to live within its means
  • That we provide inspirational amenities that will improve and compliment the lifestyle of our entire community

 

Name: Bernard Fan
Ward: Bannister
Phone: 0431685427
Email: bernardwsfan2007@yahoo.com.au
Suburb of residence: Willetton

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I have rich working experience in community service for local people, people of different cultural backgrounds and people with disability. I have been rural family counsellor in Mid West, addiction counselor and case manager of housing support program at Mission Australia, coordinator of aged care service and community facilitator of disability service. I have solid experience working for the people in the community and understand the needs of the community. I am currently doing my PhD research study at Curtin University. I am keen to contribute my experience and professional knowledge to serve the community.

Why I’m running for council:
As a resident in City of Canning, I have seen the change and development of the City. I want to help and push the City Council to provide excellent services and facilities for the community, for example to install some exercise facilities in the park, to reduce the restriction on green waste and white goods collection, to stop the council rate from crazy increasing. I would not let the Council to destroy the environment and to clear the green area or bush in order to sell the land for money. I would not let the City of Canning Council to repeat other council’s mistake to allow high rising building in the City of Canning.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Protect the beautiful environment
  • Increase the park facilities, e.g exercise equipments
  • Monitor the council rate

 

 

Beeliar

Name:  Dr David Brown
Ward:    Beeliar
Phone: 0422 901 573
Email:   dr.d.brown@outlook.com
Suburb of residence:  Willetton

Member of political party:  No

About Me:
An independent decision maker with no political affiliations links to developers or special interest groups, my only allegiance is to the residents of Willetton and the City of Canning to work hard with integrity for them. I was elected a Councillor for Beeliar Ward in 2015 and it has been a privilege to work for its residents,a believer in teamwork with Council we have worked hard to return the city to responsible financial management.

Expanding on broad work experience in medicine, research, IT and business, since coming on council I have participated in governance training offered by the city and WALGA to increase my knowledge to benefit the quality of my contribution. In last two year I have been a representative on a number of committees and currently selected by my peers to CEO Performance and Salary Review and Welshpool Business Enterprise Centre committees and Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Why I am running for council:
I want the voice of the community to have a stronger and more direct influence on decision making. A local resident over 20 years, children attended local schools, leadership in local Canning sporting clubs and member of Regional Park advisory committee, I hear what is important to the local communities such as retaining the library and expanding Willetton Basketball Stadium

Being passionate about preservation of the suburbs environment and increasing the tree canopy, with community we recently saving Hilltop Rise park from sale for development. We need to prevent change in the nature of Willetton a safe, cool green suburb, great place to walk, cycle around and live in. Ensuring the city runs on a sound financial basis for the community and business is vital, having broad work experience with a background in medicine, IT and now in a manufacturing business, informs my input into robust planning, strategy and policy.

Top three priorities if elected:

  • Green Beeliar – great parks and natural areas with increased tree canopy
  • Active Beeliar – thriving libraries, recreational facilities, cycling and walking paths
  • Ratepayer Participation – in important decisions like Budget allocations and Rate setting

 

 

Name: Parry Kahlon
Ward contested: Beeliar
Phone: 0412702517
Email: pkahlon2000@gmail.com 

Suburb of residence: Leeming 

Are you a member of a political party? : No

About me:
I am an IT engineer working for Alcoa and have lived in the neighbourhood for 25 years.  All my three children attended local schools. As active helper in the community for many years, I am a keen sportsman who has coached children at Willetton Hockey Club and have contributed as Secretary to prominent multi-cultural associations of WA.  Currently, as Secretary to Willetton Progress Association, I am helping to review the Willetton Precinct Master Plan.
Being a Willetton Rotarian has given me the opportunity to help raise funds to support many local schools and charities.  As a volunteer with Canning Neighborhood Watch program, I am able to work with Willetton community to reduce crime in our area. My professional and community service has given me many wonderful opportunities  to meet people in Canning from all sorts of backgrounds on many projects of benefit to the City’s diverse community.

Why I’m running for council:
I think that the ratepayers benefit when their Council includes people with extensive practical professional experience.  At 57 years of age, I have learned a lot from life, but still have plenty of energy which I would love to offer to Canning. Listening to my community network has given me a realistic insight to some of their concerns and I think I can help and add value to the deliberations of Council.
I am keen to pursue pedestrian-controlled lights on Pinetree Gully Road near Willetton Senior High.  Crossing this road is a nightmare at the start and end of the school day.   I know many people want urgent action and are delighted that I have a plan to make it much safer. Dog lovers deserve safe exercise areas for their cherished pets.  I value the many parks in Canning and am opposed to selling public open space.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Pedestrian-controlled lights and a zebra crossing for the many school students who cross the Willetton Schools on Pinetree Gully Road.
  • Reducing rising crime in the Willetton area by supporting targeted Ranger Patrols in key high risk areas and enhanced neighbourhood watch program
  • Reinstating free tip passes for ratepayers of City of Canning.

 

Name:  Yaso Ponnuthurai
Ward contested: Beeliar
Phone: 0419 951 378
Email: yaso@vikay.com.au

Suburb of residence: Willetton

Are you a member of a political party: Yes, ALP

About me:
I believe in strong connected communities, offering a happy and safe place to live. My family has lived in the City of Canning for 21 years. I love the area, but would like to see local services upgraded to improve our local lifestyle, especially in Willetton. Increased safety is also among my objectives. For 13 years I’ve run my own successful small business.
Small businesses bring jobs and money to our suburbs – they will have my support. For seven years I worked in administration with the City of Perth. I know how local government works and can help steer the City of Canning toward a brighter future. I have been involved in local community groups. Knowing how important they are to community wellbeing, I will support such groups. Our community is my priority

Why I’m running for council:
I want to put my energy and enthusiasm to work, to get things done for Beeliar Ward residents! This area has been home for 20 years, the place I have raised my son. Willetton particularly is a talented suburb but could be more vibrant. Let’s maximise that talent at the same time as bringing residents together, as closer neighbours, as local businesses and customers, as families. A connected community matters to me: I intend to stay personally connected with as many residents as possible, through face-to-face meetings, also more community functions and fairs. I will promote greater safety, and better facilities for young families.
I have the solid work experience to achieve these goals, to oversee Council governance, build grassroots trust, and ensure transparency on developments such as the Willetton Precinct Master Plan. And as a performing musician myself, I’m keen to enhance the excitement of Willetton’s increasing cultural diversity.’

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Governance – ensuring that ratepayers’ funds are ethically spent and that Council processes are transparent, creating a climate of grassroots trust.
  • Community – building community connections, between myself and the community and among neighbours and residents, towards a happy, safe community.
  • Vitality – supporting and enhancing a vibrant Willetton including energising local small businesses.

 

Beeloo

Name: Anastasia Isakova
Ward contested: Beeloo
Phone: 04 22 544 131
Email: dr.a.isakova@gmail.com

Suburb of residence: Ferndale

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I am a Canning local – my family and I moved to the city in 1997. I was raised here and now I am raising my kids here too! As a result, I have a huge fondness for the area.  I am originally from Russia. I love seeing people from various cultures getting together to celebrate one another. I think there is great strength in diversity. I understand the struggles of migrants looking to integrate into our community. I am a doctor and mother  this means I have a keen interest in health at an individual and community level.  My parents own a small business in the City of Canning so I have seen first hand how difficult it is starting a business from scratch is.  I would love to see whether there are ways to make this process easier for others looking to do the same

Why I’m running for council:
I have been in the Canning area almost all of my life and am not looking to move any time soon  it’s one of the best areas in Perth in my opinion!  This means I have a keen interest in making sure Canning keeps getting better and better. I would love to have a say in that process by being a Councillor.  I spend a lot of time within the community whether shopping at local businesses or playing with my kids in the local parks and I have noticed a few things the residents and I would love improved. I am keen to bring these ideas to the table.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Upgrading playgrounds to be more practical and useable. Many playgrounds lack shade and are metal which is often incredibly hot during the day. Kids need to be outside and playing, and more useable playgrounds would also bring more visitors to our City so this needs to be addressed.
  • Continue to encourage cultural events – understanding other cultures is the key to unity within our community.
  • Find ways to educate those venturing into setting up a small business through information sessions to address the most common concerns such planning approvals, permits and basic tax implications – it’s hard to get appropriate information when you’ve decided to take the big step of starting your own business.

Name: Sara Saberi
Ward contested: Beeloo
Phone: 0432 247 413
Email: sarasaberi@icloud.com
Suburb of residence: Wilson

Are you a member of a political party: Yes, WA Labor.

About me:
City of Canning has been my home since 2006.  I was born in Iran and lived for several years in the United States (so I have a slight American accent).  I love Australia and the great Aussie tradition of giving people a ‘fair-go’.  I’ve long been a volunteer with local landcare and environment groups including Friends of Queens Park Bushland, Wilson Wetland Action Group and SERCUL.

I have supported the newly arrived settle in the community by working with groups like the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors. I’ve worked FiFo in the minerals industry and as a Health Safety and Environmental Advisor in manufacturing.  I am currently undertaking postgraduate studies in Environmental Health at Curtin. I am a keen cyclist and love riding around our Canning River and in the nearby Perth hills.

Why I’m running for council:
I want to see community confidence in the integrity of local government fully restored, I’m passionate about making sure Canning is free of undue developer and business influence.  We need transparency and accountability. I want to bring new energy and ideas to Canning.  Planning priority should be given to the smart job rich industries of the future.  Our area has the skills and location to be an information technology hub.

As a councillor I would encourage sustainable development options.  Canning should be at the cutting edge of waste management.  Our suburbs should be planned and improved for energy efficiency, our streets should be friendlier to walk, with cool, shady trees.  Our local transport network should encourage faster, safer, healthier options like walking and cycling. By being involved in community groups I have a strong understanding of how councils should work.  Local government can be a catalyst for progress.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Plan our neighbourhoods to support local shops and community centres;
  • Encourage a multi-generational community that accommodates social diversity through community events, accessible activities for youth and seniors so everyone feels part of Canning; and
  • Increase tree canopy for parking spaces and footpaths to make our suburbs cool during the hot summer months. Pleasanter streets will encourage more people in them, which in turn makes for safer streets.

 

Name: Sally Green
Ward: Beeloo
Phone: 0421 560 974
Email: sally@sallygreen.com.au
Suburb of residence: Ferndale

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

Why I’m running for council:
My campaign slogan sums me up beautifully – “Caring for You, Caring for Canning” It is the diversity of the people that interest me about the City of Canning as it is through them that we have culture, community, environment and business. Add to the people, the Canning River and natural landscapes that are abundant here we have the space and opportunity to come together to build a healthier, happier and more connected community.
My expertise in working with complex clients, managing teams, education, networking and collaborating with services stands me in good stead when it comes to listening, being objective and making the often-needed difficult decisions. I’ve got the experience in business and community to bring people together, connect them to the City of Canning and empower them to contribute to the growth of Canning.

About me:
I am a highly organized, supportive and caring professional with 15 years experienced in Community Services (marganalised groups which include the justice system (women and men), mental health, youth, domestic and family violence and drug abuse) plus 10 years’ experience in education (primary/secondary and further). I love being with people, whether at home with my husband and daughter, at Canning River Cafe, with friends, or working within the prison system I treat everyone with respect, equality and integrity. I have a natural warmth and understanding for people that supports them to be heard, trust and surrender to be themselves.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Empowering residents to stand up and take responsibility for their community
  • Educating residents about the community in which they live
  • Making sure residents know that their voice matters

 

Name: Michael (Mike) Hall – Not participating

 

 

Mason

Name: Graham Barry
Ward contested: Mason Ward
Phone: 0419 963 458
Email: keren7@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: St James

Are you a member of a political party: No

Why I’m running for council:
My name is Graham Barry, I am nominating on your behalf for Councillor of Mason Ward. I don’t support Party Politics in Local Govt.I’m an Independent,experienced in Local Government, not affiliated with any Political Party,Commercial or Pressure Group, I have lived and been a small Business owner in Canning for over 30years. On your behalf,I promise you, diligent scrutiny and representation on Council Governance,Community Consultation, Budget formulation, Employee costs, particularly Rates, which have increased well above CPI in recent years. I believe these costs are Excessive and Unwarranted. I support an Efficiency Dividend and the Auditor General Reviewing Council Financial Structure, Governance. I’m against Council involvement in proposals like changing Australia Day and Gender issues, That’s for Federal and State Govts to Decide. My Promise is 7 day aweek Councillor availability,Not Part Time! Implemented without Fear or Favour. Thank You

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Democratic process, Transparency & Accountability
  • Efficiency Dividend(cut ones coat according to ones cloth)
  • Fair & Reasonable Rates based on CPI and prevailing Economy, with Diligent considerate Strategic Planning

 

Name: Warren Hill
Ward contested: Mason ward
Phone: 0404 139 383
Email: Not supplied
Suburb of residence: Cannington

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I lived in Cannington for 30 years. I spent eight years as a public servant, five of which were at the birthplace of the black box flight recorder. In case you didn’t know, that was an Australian invention. I am honoured to have worked in a very minor way, amongst some of the smartest minds in international aeronautical science.

For the past 30 years I’ve been in and around various facets of the building industry. But its worn me out. I expect to be a full-time councillor, intensely scrutinizing all council matters.Some people may be interested in what are my political persuasions. My father attempted to get me involved in the Labor Party 40 years ago. Every attendance at a meeting resulted in me provoking arguments. In recent years I again joined the Labor party and then the Greens but I’m too independently minded.

Why I’m running for Council:

Some of the issues I see in Mason Ward:
-divert traffic award from Renou Street.
-prevent Gerard Street becoming a major road
-clean up that disgusting smelly refuse transfer station in Kurnall Road. Incidentally that’s where out council garbage goes it.
-all councillors and executive’s wages should be on the council website.
I claim to be an innovative thinker. Here are some examples of what the council should do.
In my opinion this council is rolling in cash and spends money on unnecessary stuff.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Plant prickly native shrubs along fences abutting parklands to prevent thieves jumping the fences.
  • Install roosting boxes to attract microbats to mosquito prone areas. Each microbat can eat more than 1000 mozzies every night.
  • Purchase the relocation machinery to relocate trees instead of chopping them down. I’ve already suggested this at a council meeting. Of course they said no.

 

Name: Steve Klomp
Ward contested: Mason
Phone: 0417 184789
Email: klompie@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Saint James

Are you a member of a political party:  Australian Conservatives, Australian Christians

About me:
Steve Klomp is a Marketer, Manager and Strategic Planner. He has strong board, committee and tribunal experience and a wide knowledge of the not-for-profit sector. Currently lecturing at Murdoch University, he has taught in Business Schools across Australia and overseas. Steve has a particular interest in corporate social responsibility. A former small business owner Steve is Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, member of the Australian Institute of Management and Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Steve is qualified in Commerce, Education and Engineering.  He is Chair of the Jandakot Airport Community Aviation Consulting Group, State Councillor and Treasurer of the Royal Association of Justices (WA), Independent Director of the Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service and is an active JP. A pilot with the Royal Aero Club Steve married Carla 37 years ago. They have six children and three grand-children and share a passion for community service.

Why I’m running for council:
Council is the place where I can do the most good for our community. Canning is going well – but there is always room for improvement. We need to plan better – and for the longer term. We need focus on increasing income sources, rather than relying too much on rates.
Our youth need outlets for their energy and we need new means of attracting businesses into Canning. Our crime rate is unacceptable – and there are lots of ways Council can help there. I know Parks are a drain on resources but they are an important part of ourlifestyle and much appreciated by residents. We need to improve the ones we have and plan new.The City needs bettertree cover and street lighting. I want to reduce our environmental impact, improve traffic and parking and I want Canning to be the most accountable, transparent and financially responsible council in Australia.

 

Name: Geoff Martin
Ward contested: Mason
Phone: 0447 233 511
Email: geoffmartinmasonward@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: East Cannington

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
Born in Sydney Australia and lived in WA since 1991. I am a former RAAF Serviceman with experience travelling throughout Australia and Europe.  I am a people’s person who is experienced in liaising with people from varying multicultural backgrounds.  Having managed my own business and property portfolio, I have strong skills in financial and operational management.  Apart from my passion for classic cars, I enjoy spending time with my family as well as helping within the community.  I am a member of RSLWA Canning and involved in the parent committee at St Norbert College.  I am a dedicated and responsible person who is committed to working for the betterment of the community.  Having met people from different cultures, I have great interpersonal skills and help residents who approach me for advice on various issues.  I am passionate about improving our area as well as safety and security for the community.

Why I am running for council:
As a resident of East Cannington I became involved with Harmony Beyond Fences.  After a few incidents within our neighbourhood and concern for the safety of some fellow neighbours, I decided to organise a meeting. Along with other residents I began walking within our suburb at different hours to show a presence to deter opportunity thieves entering our community.  I organised a meeting with our local Police where residents raised concerns and expressed their fears about what was happening in our area. Through the City of Canning I arranged extra patrols of our suburb to further deter would be thieves.  I was approached to nominate for Councillor.  With community encouragement and my research into what it means to be a Councillor and attending the information evening for Intending Councillors, I decided I would nominate for my area of Mason Ward.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Improve child drop off and pick up at Gibb Street Primary School.
  • Foot paths so residents do not need to walk along roadways.
  • Parkland to incorporate bike tracks set up as streets to promote road safety for kids.

 

Name: Damian Roddy
Ward contested: Mason
Phone: 0417150168
Email: drod@westnet.com.au

Suburb of residence: Queens Park

Are you a member of a political party: No political affiliations

About me:
My professional working background of over 20 years is in business and financial management although I have also worked for a local council for several years where I gained much experience and understanding of council activities. I have always been keenly interested in local issues. In terms of education I have a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Financial Services. I have experience working with communities to achieve a range of goals and that is why I believe I have what it takes to be a great Councillor and provide strong and effective representation for Mason Ward. This can only be done by listening to local views and communicating these views to the council in order to facilitate real action. I truly believe that the City of Canning and our local community can be better and I look forward to working hard to make that happen.

Why I’m running for council:
As a proud resident for 17 years within Mason Ward I am fully committed to our local area and to ensuring the views of our community are heard and communicated to the council. My goal is to be the most approachable Councillor and as a semi-retired professional I have time to listen to opinions and focus on local issues. I can provide the strong representation we need to achieve positive outcomes and flourish. For instance I am passionate about ensuring our community receives excellent value for the council rates we pay. This can be achieved with prudent budget management to avoid rate increases and eliminate inefficient council spending. I believe in maintaining the safety and economic vitality of our local area by supporting generous zoning conditions, more action to tackle anti-social behaviour, traffic congestion and effective strategies to attract local employment. I believe in strong support for local community groups.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Listen to local views and focus on local issues of concern.
  • Identify inefficient council spending to reduce the need for rate hikes.
  • Support more council to community engagement and partnerships.

 

Name: Hardeep Singh
Ward contested (if applicable): Mason Ward
Phone: 0426971093
Email: singhh05@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Queens park

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I have served in Australian Army reserves as an officer cadet. It was such a great experience, the best in my life so far. The proud feeling to serve the nation is beyond all the luxuries of this world. Unfortunately, my career in army ended due to an on-duty knee injury. I have a master’s degree in oil and gas engineering from UWA, bachelors in Mechanical engineering and works full time for BHP in Perth city office.
I am married to the most beautiful girl I have ever met. She is a dentist and works for DB dental. We have recently built our dream home in Queens Park and enjoy being a member of Canning community. It is my passion to be a better person every day. So far, I have learned that helping others is the greatest joy and it is the best way to be better.

Why I’m running for council:
When I arrived in Australia, I was treated with love and endless opportunities. I can never repay this country for its generosity. Running for council is a trivial attempt to contribute back to the community for the love and help I received over the last decade. I believe it is our combined responsibility to help make Australia a better place to live than it is today.
I always like to start from the very basics and running for Canning council is something I feel passionate about. I have been fortunate enough to get good education and experience to work for some great companies. It makes sense to use my skills for the betterment of our community. I believe, my passion to give back to the community combined with my skills can make significant contribution to develop Canning towards a bright future for us all.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To bring down our rates – By helping in improving operating efficiency of Canning Council.
  • Better transport and healthcare services for all.
  • Making our city a safer place to live.

 

Name: Robert Van Der Reest – No response

Name: Rehman Virk – No response

 

Nicholson

Name: Tim Porter
Ward contested: Nicholson
Phone: 0419 986 533
Email: Tim.Porter@outlook.com.au|
Suburb of residence: Canning

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I first became involved in politics since I felt that delivering on a fairer society with good public services demanded vision and a commitment to taking action. I’m very passionate about providing a better lifestyle for local residents like my recent motion to allow Miniature Pigs in Canning and the creation of new off leash dog areas in Nicholson. During my time on council I have been nominated as a member of the Local Emergency Management Committee, Jandakot Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group and Sustainability and Environment Advisory Group. I always make sure I do my due diligence for all items we vote on in Council since we have a responsibility for every decision we make is based on facts. As an Australian I also have a strong desire to stand up for the little guy and make sure everyone in Canning has a strong voice.

Why I’m running for council:
Over the past two years I’ve been able represent the residents of Nicholson on council. Giving me the chance to achieved real benefits for my community; So I am seeking their support once again to continue representing Nicholson Ward residents. I enjoyed that I could act without personal or political agenda so my interests were always for residents. Being able to have real impact on rates increases and being able to keep them to a bare minimum whilst ensuring the City remains financially sustainable.
I will also be able to continue supporting all sections of our community from children through to those in residential aged care and maintain the city’s exceptional services to residents. There is still much I want to achieve and so I again respectfully ask for their vote so that I may continue to provide strong leadership and good representation on Council.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Making sure the residents of Canning get a say in how the new train stations are implemented in Nicholson.
  • Keeping rates increases to a minimum whilst ensuring the City remains financially sustainable.
  • Making sure Nicholson gets a fair slice of rates for our local areas instead of having our rates go to the larger suburbs.

 

Name: Sherry Ai Hong Sun
Ward contested: Nicholson
Phone: not provided
Email: sherry3748@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Canning Vale

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I’m originally from China and immigrated to Australia in 2002.  I previously was a top ten fashion model in China. I have a husband and three great children. They all attend school locally. So I know just what it is like to raise a family in Canning. I think it greats that we are the most Culturally diverse place in all of Perth. I am pleased to say that I have been an Australian citizen for some time now. I enjoy exercising and travelling with my family when the opportunity arises. I would like to give back to Canning.

Why I’m running for council:
because I think Council has become too BIG and too cumbersome often run by folks that take away exorbitant pay cheques.  Do we really need around 1000 people employed in Canning City on your rates? It has become to some like a middle ages feudal state that takes much in the form of ever growing RATES and in return gives more regulation and more employment positions for an ever growing bureaucracy. So I will make council do more with less. If you vote for me I will work tirelessly to keep rate rises down, increase efficiency and most important of all make Canning do more with your rate dollar.  I will make Council focus on the basics and let you keep more of your hard-earned money in your own pocket because quite frankly everyone is taxed enough by the ATO without council becoming its own mini tax kingdom.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Freeze rates rises below CPI
  • Slash the massive over pay of the Mayor, CEO, directors and all councillors.
  • Attend every single ordinary council meeting to represent residents.

 

Name: Kunal Malhotra
Ward: Nicholson Ward
Phone: 0413846982
Email: kunalforcanningcouncil@yahoo.com
Suburb of residence: Canning Vale

Are you a member of a political party? Did not respond

About me:
I strongly believe in giving back to the community and this is why I:
1. am currently serving in the Australian Army (Reserves);
2. am on the board of two not for profit orgainsations that provide assistance and services to locals;
3. been a volunteer fire fighter; and
4. been a Rotarian and the Chair for community services for my club.

Why I’m running for council:
You should elect me because I will work tirelessly to:
• Reduce rates rises by eliminating unnecessary expenditures.
• Reduce red-tape and delays for development approvals.
• Increase security patrols to target anti-social behaviour in the hotspot areas.
• Increase council support for improving facilities for our local community groups, volunteers and sporting clubs.
• Preserve parks, play grounds and reserves from any development or interference.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Reduce rates rises by eliminating unnecessary expenditures.
  • Increase council support for improving facilities for our local community groups, volunteers and sporting clubs.
  • Increase security patrols to target anti-social behaviour in the hotspot areas.

 

Name: Tony Crisafio – No response

Name: Patrick Cheow – No response