City of Fremantle 2017 local government election candidates

City of Fremantle 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.

Mayor

Name: Brad Pettitt
Standing for mayor
Phone: 0447732017
Email: bradpettitt@yahoo.com
Suburb of residence: White Gum Valley

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one?: Greens WA

About me:
I was elected as mayor in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. My  expertise include climate change, international aid policy and sustainability planning. I have previously worked with Oxfam in Cambodia and the Australian Government in Canberra. I was previously the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University and was appointed to the Heritage Council of WA in 2014.

Why I’m running for council:
Fremantle is undergoing a period of unprecedented renewal and activation. Through strong leadership, innovation and creativity, Fremantle is becoming more vibrant, sustainable and liveable – a city of which we can be proud! Importantly, we are delivering better services for ratepayers by providing:

  • A dedicated community safety team
  • More arts, culture and festivals
  • Sound financial governance
  • Better community consultation
  • Restoration of our city’s heritage buildings
  • More affordable, sustainable and diverse housing options
  • The foundations for increased investment and economic renewal.

It has been an honour to have led a collaborative Council, united in its desire to create a positive future for our city. We have achieved so much, but there’s plenty more to do. Never has integrity, experience and strong leadership been more vital.

I love Fremantle, I’m committed to our community, and I’m asking for your vote to continue as Mayor.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Continued renewal of the Fremantle CBD
  • More diverse and affordable housing options
  • Continued leadership in sustainable development

 

Name: Caroline (RA) Stewart
Ward contested (if applicable): mayoral candidate
Phone: 0428 184 333
Email:  ra@raformayor.com.au 
Suburb of residence:  Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me: I fell in love with Fremantle in my teens, and have spent 20+ years working, living and raising two daughters here. I have a commercial and small business background, am an AICD graduate and board member of both Fremantle Chamber (serving two terms as President) and State Government’s SBDC. I currently manage corporate and community partnerships with the Flying Doctor. I have participated in fundraising for WGV Primary P&C, St Pat’s and WA Ballet, planting days, and was a member of the Future Freo project. My vision: To restore Fremantle to a safe, vibrant and diverse city through responsible financial management, community engagement and balanced representation. My priorities are to determine the true state of the City’s finances, formulate a plan to ensure Council’s sustainability, and focus on local government issues. As an independent candidate, I believe in creating a Freo for All, rather than Freo for a select few.

Why I’m running for council:
8 years ago, I welcomed the new Mayor and his promise of a bright and shiny future for Fremantle. As I look around our beautiful city today, I see a city in decline. Vacant stores, limited retail and hospitality options, the loss of 2000 hospital workers  (Dept of Housing will bring only 1300 here), increase in social and behavioral issues and the loss of our community sporting groups such as the Fremantle Hockey Club are having a negative impact on our community and our city. We have three levels of government for a reason, and it’s local government’s role to focus on safety, waste services, keeping our city and streets clean and maintaining our public areas and parklands. Why is council engaging in political grandstanding on issues like Australia Day instead of focusing on these important everyday issues. I’m concerned about Fremantle’s financial health and sustainability.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Conduct a rigorous audit of the City’s financial position
  • Invite all stakeholders (city, state, federal, local and social agencies) to join a working party on social issues, safety and security across every ward and the CBD
  • Reconnect! – Engage with Freos “forgotten suburbs” and start thinking outside the square!

 

South

Name: Andrew Sullivan
Ward contested (if applicable): South
Phone: 0407447972
Email: andrew.sullivan@y7mail.com
Suburb of residence: South Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one?: Not a current member of any political party. (Was previously a member of Greens WA)

About me:
I am an architect and urban designer with an office in central Fremantle. I have lived in South Fremantle since 1985. I am currently managing an historic accommodation village. I am an independent thinker who is dedicated to serving our community, including 14 years on Council and leading numerous coastal campaigns, including at Leighton and Coogee. I’ve created parklands and greenlinks throughout Fremantle and established the South Beach foreshore we love today.  I was also a frontline campaigner against Roe8. I was instrumental in delivering the Youth Plaza, expanding our festivals and developing strategies to revitalise our city centre.

I have been a representative on State planning taskforces and panels and have used my heritage expertise and progressive planning skills to protect and revitalise the Freo we love.  I am an experienced community representative seeking re-election.

Why I’m running for council:
I want to complete the Fremantle vision that our community created. The previous state government was slow to deliver on critical improvements. I want to help turn that around. As a recognised leader with the right balance of passion and commitment, I am seeking re-election to get things done for South Ward and for greater Fremantle.

I want Fremantle Council to continue to show strong leadership in progressive planning and heritage matters. I want the youth led renaissance that has occurred over the last eight years to continue. I have a strong passion to foster Fremantle as the states most important cultural and creative hub. I want to help Council make strong and culturally progressive decisions – “without fear or favour” as the Council’s motto states. Fremantle has always been a caring and progressive place where all people are welcome and respected. That’s the Fremantle I want to represent!

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To lobby for passenger rail heading south and east to help unclog congested streets and bring people to the city centre;
  • Improving South Beach facilities, including the new basketball court and improved public facilities;
  • Delivering the community’s vision for a safe and vibrant South Terrace where business flourishes, including replacing the speed humps with sophisticated urban design treatments.

North

Name: Michele Corbo
Ward contested (if applicable): North Ward
Phone: 0447550443
Email: corbo.michele2017@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: North Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me
I live in paradise. I consider myself very fortunate living in the North Ward – our home of 30 years.  Raising our boys here, our boys attended North Fremantle Primary. What are their expectations?  Opportunities? As the next generation? Born, raised and educated in the port city, Fremantle provided opportunity for a diverse cultural population to live, raise families, prosper, business development, employment, building pride, compassion and creating a sense of place.

Why I’m running for council
I want to be a contributing member of the North Ward and part of the team willing to provide the same opportunities that I had for future generations. My experiences include maritime, resources industry, vocational educator, Arts, Industrial Relations and lecturing trade studies at TAFE. I’ve acquired listening, communicating and negotiation ability across a wide socioeconomic spectrum. Campaigned the return of the 107 bus into our suburb.

My top three priorities if elected

  • Road safety
  • Parking, vehicle dependency, public transport.
  • Prosperous living city

 

 

East

Name: Michelle Cunningham
Ward contested: East Ward
Phone: 9335 5617
Email: MichelleinWVG@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence: White Gum Valley

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I have lived in White Gum Valley for nearly 25 years, have three ‘almost ready to leave home’ children and work part time. I nominated for local council elections for East Ward in 2015. It seems to me Fremantle Council’s decision-making process can be swayed by local interest groups and political parties. Residents and ratepayers can end up being the losers. I am independent and can act on local issues for local people.

Why I’m running for council:
I am running for council to try to ensure there are positive changes and fewer losers. I am running to bring diversity to the decision-making process in council as I am independent and will focus first on local issues that directly affect residents and ratepayers. I care about our finances and the people who visit, work and live in Fremantle.

My top three priorities if elected:

  •  Focus on maintenance and up-grading of facilities
  • Ensure fair decision making
  • Investigate retrospective building approvals

 

 

Hilton

Name: Sam Wainwright
Ward contested (if applicable): Hilton Ward
Phone: 0412 751 508
Email: samuel.d.wainwright@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: O’Connor
Are you a member of a political party? Yes If so which one? Socialist Alliance

About me:
I live in O’Connor with my partner Janet. For twelve years I worked as a wharfie and I have been a unionist, social justice activist and environmentalist all my life. Today I’m a disability support worker, keen to make Fremantle inclusive of people with disabilities. I’m proud of the access ramps at the Leisure Centre, our disability employment targets and other achievements; but there is more to be done. It’s great to see the Fremantle CBD revive. As it does I will continue to emphasise the need for housing affordability and social inclusion. I am passionate about sustainable transport: active in Fremantle Road to Rail, and a founder of the Rethink Perth Freight Link alliance and the Fremantle Bicycle Users group. I campaigned to keep Samson part of Fremantle. With the end of the Barnett government reform process we now we can focus on better connecting it to our City.

Why I’m running for council:
I am an energetic, accessible and responsive councillor – I hope you will support me to continue. We can now improve the Hilton Town Centre, making it safe for pedestrians combined with traffic calming for northern Hilton. We have increased Freo’s tree coverage. In Hilton we need to encourage the preservation and planting of trees on private land, while in Samson we can put in more street trees and create an entry statement on McCombe Ave. Sub-division of the industrial estate has created more small businesses, so the time is right for an O’Connor business forum. We value inclusion and social justice. “One Day in Fremantle” and our ambitious targets for the employment of Indigenous people and people with a disability are really important initiatives. Our community campaign stopped Roe 8 so now we need to advocate for projects such as Metronet to Fremantle and South St light rail.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Sustainability: improving public transport, walking and cycling, expanding our urban forest.
  • Social inclusion: housing affordability, social justice, celebrate our diversity.
  • Active, informed and involved residents.

 

Name: Catherine Hammond
Ward contested (if applicable): Hilton Ward
Phone: 0411108877
Email: cathammond30@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Hilton

Are you a member of a political party? If so which: No

About me: (150 words maximum): I’m a long time Hilton resident. I was a high school teacher and have some experience in business. I’m interested in gardening. heritage, the arts  and the environment. I’m a committee member of the Fremantle Society. In the past I have been  a member of the Hilton Precinct, when it was active. I’m an active member of a gym and I enjoy swimming at South Beach especially in summer. I’m a committee member of a local Toastmasters group.

Why I’m running for council: (150 words maximum):
‘My Council’ placed Fremantle in the bottom third for financial health of any WA council. We were promised rate increases no more than CPI but already they are much more. I want more people with business experience on Fremantle Council. I am familar with business and think the Port City should be flourishing, not languishing, as it has been for the last decade. Businesses are closing down and leaving, including the cruise ships. Selling off many car parks was crazy and it’s expensive and difficult to visit Fremantle. Many opting to shop elsewhere. Council should stay clear of Federal and State issues and represent constituents. Councillors are not there to polish particular political aspirations. I want to see the council focus more on Hilton, O’Connor and Samson. Council must handle bulk waste and verges more effectively. I will also work for improvements in law and order, environment and heritage issues.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Low Rates
  • Quality Services
  • Good Fiscal Management

 

Beaconsfield

Name: Hannah Fitzhardinge
Ward contested (if applicable): Beaconsfield
Phone: 0410 464 491
Email: hannahforbeacy@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Hilton

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one?: Labor

About me:
I have lived in Fremantle for most of my life, growing up in North Fremantle then choosing to buy a home with my husband in Hilton 13 years ago. We have a seven-year-old daughter and spend our weekends enjoying all the wonderful things Fremantle has to offer. I’m a professional facilitator, working in leadership development and community engagement. I specialise in strategic planning, collaboration, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and wellbeing. My governance and financial management skills have been developed over the past twenty years, during my time on various Boards, and now also as a company director. I’ve also had extensive experience working both in State Government and in government relations, and am an effective advocate to deliver collaborative solutions for our community.

Why I’m running for council:
In the one year since you elected me to be your Council representative, I have made progress on a number of issues you told me were important. These include funding for pedestrian safety and beautification of the Hilton Town Centre; ensuring proper community consultation in the Heart of Beaconsfield masterplanning process; the reinstatement of verge mowing (and planted verges); traffic calming; support for local businesses and improved maintenance for sporting grounds. I’ve enjoyed working with the local community, fellow elected members, and Council administration to find solutions and make improvements. But the job isn’t done yet! Securing positive and sensible progress in Beaconsfield and Hilton requires understanding and leadership. My experience as a Councillor, professional facilitator, and businessperson equip me to continue being a strong advocate for our suburbs. I believe in listening, being positive, and finding win-win solutions and I am passionate about the future of Freo!

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Delivering a community-backed solution to see the Hilton Town Centre transformed into a safe, attractive community shopping hub
  • Ensuring ongoing consultation for the Heart of Beaconsfield masterplanning process to realise the opportunity of this major urban renewal project and create more affordable housing, better community facilities and increased public open space
  • Driving continued service improvements in key areas such as rubbish collection, verge mowing and native gardens, sporting facilities and parking

 

City

  • Name: Linda Wayman
    Ward contested: City Ward
    Phone: 0484 358 029
    Email: lindawayman4city@gmail.com
    Suburb of residence: Fremantle

    Are you a member of a political party? If so which one?: No

    About me:
    I am a long-time resident of Fremantle. My children attended Beacy Primary School and played football with the Fremantle Hawks. I have an extensive career in media, business and government. Most recently I was the General Manager of two radio stations, mix94.5 and 92.9 where I was responsible for the EBITDA of a multi-million dollar budget. I have worked for the State Government as GM of EventsCorp. I have been WA’s Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was awarded Perth’s Advertising Person of the Year in 2012. I have been the editor of five suburban newspapers and started my career as a journalist on the West Australian newspaper. I was on the board of the Committee for Perth for six years and am a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. I am currently on the boards of Tourism WA, VenuesWest and Carers WA.

    Why I’m running for council:
    I love Fremantle and believe I can make a contribution to the city’s revitalisation and liveability. I have the time to devote to the community and the passion and drive to make things happen. I bring not only significant business skills and experience to the table, but also a real interest and knowledge in what matters to the community. I want to ensure that Fremantle is a vibrant place where people want to live, work and visit. Where there are trees, cycle ways and fun things going on. I want to ensure Fremantle is a place where it’s safe for families. I want this city to retain its character and its heritage is nurtured and respected. I want to see effective city design which links spaces that showcase the considerable creative talent in Fremantle in the arts and music, as well the strategy around the Port and Fremantle Oval.

    My top three priorities if elected:

  • The economic development of the city over the next two or three years
  • The liveability of Fremantle including more trees in the CBD and addressing safety issues of residents.
  • Finding the hidden gems in Fremantle and polishing them up.

 

 

Name: Roel Loopers
Ward: City Ward
Phone: 0419 850 981
Email: roel.loopers@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Beaconsfield

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one?
 No

About me:
I am a professional photographer who had his own commercial business for 30 years in WA. I moved to Fremantle in the early 1990s after arriving in WA in 1985. I was born in the Netherlands and lived in Germany for 13 years before migrating to Sydney in March 1982. I have engaged with the Freo community for a long time and am the former president and vice president of the Fremantle Society and former president of the Roundhouse volunteer guides. I promote the Fremantle lifestyle on my blog, social media and Trip Advisor in support of our local traders. I attend most council and community consultation meetings because grass roots local government is very important.

Why I’m running for council:
Fremantle is in a positive transition period, and the unprecedented development means we need to protect the lifestyle and amenity of city residents and uncompromisingly protect our heritage West End. I walk the city streets every day and communicate with residents and business owners. I notice the things that are wrong and report them on my Freo’s View blog. I get things done. We have to do the small things better, get the balance and priorities right and demand better quality architecture. Our traders deserve more support and we need to make Freo a seven day a week destination. I attend most council and committee meetings and have a thorough understanding of local government process. I have lived here for 25 years and had a small business for 30 years. My focus is on creating a fine future for Fremantle as a full-time councillor.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Strong support for local traders
  • Protecting the lifestyle of inner city residents
  • Embracing good development and tourist opportunities

 

 

Name: Liam Carter
Ward contested (if applicable): South Ward
Phone: 0449 151 490
Email: liamcarter.au@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: South Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one? Yes, Greens.

About me
I’ve lived in South Fremantle my entire life and I love living here. I will make an excellent representative for our community, having managed the South Fremantle Precinct, with a focus on advocating for residents and providing opportunities for our community to be a part of planning our future. I have been instrumental in successfully lobbying for a safer crossing at the Hampton Road and Scott Street intersection. Working with Save Freo Beaches to protect South Beach, I understand the value of our public spaces and the natural beauty of South Freo. I will defend that which makes our neighbourhood special. I also established the Fremantle Youth Advisory Council with the City of Fremantle in 2016, driven by a need to give young people a voice in decision-making, and to represent young people throughout Freo on the issues important to them, such as housing and mental health services.

Why I’m running for council
I love living in South Fremantle, and I want our City to be an even more vibrant, liveable and sustainable community where public green space, affordable housing and community services are the priority. With the upgrade to South Terrace about to begin, now more than ever we need to be shaping our public spaces to create a vibrant and liveable local community where local businesses thrive. I want to our neighbourhood to be vibrant, with green pedestrian-friendly streets, affordable housing and shared creative spaces, where heritage is protected and the character of South Fremantle is retained. I want to enrich our neighbourhood with thriving small businesses and vibrant creative centres. Let’s prioritise what matters to our community. I am committed to being directly accountable, transparent and responsive, putting residents at the heart of our decision-making processes.

My top three priorities if elected

  • Creating greener neighbourhoods with increased canopy coverage and better serviced parks.
  • Tackling housing affordability. Fremantle is unaffordable for people on modest incomes, and I will make it my priority to work with the state and federal governments to make Freo more accessible to young people and others on lower incomes.
  • Leading the way in creating a vibrant and pedestrian focused South Terrace, where businesses are consulted and supported.

 

Name: Claudia Green
Ward contested (if applicable): City Ward
Phone: 0416 338 769
Email: claudia_green42@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Fremantle

Are you a member of a political party? If so which: No

About me: (150 words maximum):
Do you want visible community representation not compromised by sectional interests? I am independent of affiliations. I have been selected by my local community. I have lived in City Ward for 25 years, and Fremantle for 40 years. Do you want to be consulted over major changes to amenity and lifestyle? Are you concerned about rates, the sale of major assets, debt and Fremantle being named a “high risk” by the Department of Local Government? I have qualifications in industrial relations, education and law, and have worked for the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Education, which provide me with a sound basis for understanding financial, due diligence issues, and public-sector governance. I have a background in local government activism, and as Chair of the Fremantle Resident and Ratepayers’ Association, so I have a sound practice in procedures and standing orders.

Why I’m running for council:
I want to return trust to community representation and in Council as a community institution. As an independent, I’m a candidate not sponsored by any political party, business or individual which compromises decision making and priorities. I can be your voice and represent you without any compromise. I can be a genuine ‘check and balance’ amongst a Council. It means that a local will represent City Ward for the first time in many years. I have lived and worked in City Ward for 25 years, and Fremantle for 40. Consultation over major changes to amenity and lifestyle? Major celebration events/ changes to major transport routes, traffic regulators such as speed humps, median strips, parking. My priorities are to improve the transparency, accountability and governance in the process and intent of local government, NOT impose my personal views, not those of a sectional group to which I belong, and have committed.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Representation: “the action of speaking or acting on behalf of someone or the state of being so represented”.
  • Consultation: “the action or process of formally consulting or discussing”
  • Provide a genuine ‘check and balance” in the Chamber

 

Name: Adin Lang
Ward: City Ward
Phone: 0438 908 829
Email: adin.lang@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Beaconsfield

Are you a member of a political party? If so which one?: No.

About me:
2016 Fremantle Citizen of the Year. Masters of Business and Environmental Science qualifications. I care about Fremantle, not only as a ratepayer, but also as an active member of the community. I’ve been involved with many grass-roots community groups including kick-starting the rehabilitation of Hollis Park which resulted in 11,000 trees planted and a new green space for our community. I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve started and sold my own small business. I will encourage visitors to our City, create programs to promote local businesses, and push for a surge in trading days. I’ll also push for additional recreational and sports facilities to keep our residents healthy and active. I know how to get businesses, council leaders, and constituents to the table to fund and implement local programs. I have proven this with such events as ‘’Freo 1960’’, attracting 10,000 visitors to the CBD in a single day.

Why I’m running for council:
City Ward is unique, as it’s composed of both business and residential communities. It needs someone special who understands business but also understands community needs. I am that person. As an active member of our community I can only do so much to make our city a better place to live, I want to go further: as councillor I’ll work to increase foot traffic and trade days, reclaim West End street frontages to attract retail and restaurant experiences, encourage the influx of 2000+ workers hired for the King’s Square redevelopment to shop Freo, improve parking, and attract new businesses to City Ward. City Ward deserves a tireless champion who can carry out fresh ideas and trigger growth; maintain the city’s vibrant history and heritage; and make our surrounding suburbs safe and affordable places to live for the youth, families and elderly. I am that person.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  1. Increase trade days & create an economic hub.
  2. Continue to build a beautiful city.
  3. Create a safe, inclusive, and healthy Fremantle.

 

Name: Julie Morgan
Ward: City Ward
Phone: 0439 945 423
Email: jules_m_morgan@yahoo.com
Suburb of Residence: Fremantle

Am I a member of a political party? No

About me:
Being a resident, a mother of four young children, a property owner and a design-orientated business woman, all within the West End of Fremantle, I believe I am uniquely placed to stand for City Ward Councillor. I have practical experience in ‘place’ and ‘space’ -making after spending nearly 20 years living in urban environments and working on large construction projects for architectural firms in Perth, Melbourne, Europe and New York. I will bring to bear the same determination in representing the City Ward that I have used to change WA law and the operating procedures of the PRB and DPP over the last 15 years. Through my family’s involvement with the local junior football club, the surf lifesaving club, other sporting and community clubs, as well as Lance Holt School, I am well connected to all of Fremantle. My aim is to help create a multi-layered, inter-connected city.

Why I’m running for council:
Fremantle suffers from what I call “destination-itis” and “precinct-fixation”. Cities are dense, strange, diverse and most of all democratic – any development that isn’t all of these pushes the city towards being a “shopping centre” or “theme park” – both of these see people as consumers (one the tourist and the other shopper) and space as something to be controlled. The constant creation of “spectacles” is difficult and time-consuming – and unfortunately fashions change and people are fickle – a city cannot be built on marketing. We have to stop seeing Fremantle merely as a destination made of segregated precincts of different development types. We have to reconsider the city in totality. I have entered this election solely to do my best for the City Ward. The City Ward needs a Councillor who is not here ‘part-time’ but ‘24/7’. “You can’t rely on bringing people downtown, you have to put them here.”

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Activation of our streets to encourage ‘life and eyes on the street’.
  • Creation of connections between the city’s precincts rather than segregation and sterility.
  • Ensure all sections of the community make a fair contribution to the community.

 

Candidates who did not respond:

Fedele Camarda
Jenny Archibald
Douglas Thompson
Ben Moodie
Marija Vujcic
Jennifer Suffling