City of Kalamunda 2017 local government election candidates

City of Kalamunda 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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North

Name: Cameron Blair
Ward contested:  North Ward
Phone: 0419046213
Email: cam@sunlite.com.au
Suburb of residence: Kalamunda

Are you a member of a political party? Yes,  Liberal

About me:
I’m 44 and live in Kalamunda with wife Leanne, children Jack and Grace. Passionate about the country, state and local area that we live within. I enjoy the great outdoors and spend as much time as possible exploring national parks, Indian & Sothern ocean, and utilising sport grounds and facilities with family and friends. I manage our family business (Sunlite Australia), 15 minutes away, specialising in manufacture and construction, employing 20+ personnel. My working career has included manufacturing, building, hospitality, tourism and construction. I have a diploma of builder’s registration and metal engineering trade qualification, with 20 + years business experience. I have lived and worked throughout northern Australia (Broome, Katherine and Cairns), and spent many years in Sydney. I understand the building blocks required for the City of Kalamunda to grow, and recognise the care and consideration required for Kalamunda to be positive and productive for all residents.

 Why I’m running for council:
The City of Kalamunda needs to use this move to “City” status to its advantage. Council needs fresh faces, fresh ideas and to be a unified team. We need to move on from factional fighting, political ambitions and small ideals. We need to sort out aged care. We need to encourage genuine community consultation on developments, with compatible Kalamunda design – we need to look good. We need to restore residents’ confidence in councillors and council staff – work together. We need to promote tourism, arts, sports, local groups and small business. We need to promote the beautiful rolling hills and valleys that we have, and all that they have to offer. I am passionate about these matters and look forward to representing the residents of the City of Kalamunda. I cannot change the past, but with your support we can better plan for now and into the future. 

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Community, Environment & Tourism
  • Aged Care, Hospital & Hospice
  • Sports, Recreation and Facilities

Name: Tom Booler
Ward contested (if applicable): North
Phone: 0409240446
Email: tom.booler@curtin.edu.au
Suburb of residence: Maida Vale

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

About me:
My wife Tarin, a nurse at a local hospital, and I settled in Maida Vale in 2009. Tarin’s family has lived and worked in the area for nearly forty years, and we were certain that this is where we wanted to raise our children. We are parents to two daughters that attend Maida Vale Primary School, where I am a member of the School Board. Having spent the first part of my working life as an Officer in the Australian Army, I am now the Operations Director at a research institute at Curtin University. As different local and state considerations compete to shape our community, it is important to me that the City of Kalamunda retain the vital character that makes it such a wonderful place to live. I have nominated for Council because I want to help ensure that our City thrives in this challenging and dynamic environment.

Why I’m running for council:
Like you, I am frustrated and disappointed by politics at every level. Parliaments and councils across the country are populated by a mixture of single-issue, self-interested and career politicians. One of the biggest problems, as I see it, is that our elected officials are reluctant to be decisive, to make decisions and accept the consequences. This reluctance is a symptom of a modern political culture that is more concerned with re-election than with taking positive action in the interests of constituents.

There are exceptions. If you take the time to look beyond headlines, there are good, honest politicians trying to make a difference. Unfortunately their voices are lost in the din of party politicking and double dealing. Iam running to lend my voice to the number of good, honest and hardworking local councillors so that, together, we can be heard above the noise and make a difference. 

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • * To promote a bias for action within the City council and executive;
  • * To promote transparency and accountability within the City council and executive; and
  • * To make City decision making more accessible to interested electors.

 

Name: Mike Burbridge
Ward contested: North
Phone: 0402 646 687
Email: mike4kala@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Gooseberry Hill

Are you a member of a political party?  Yes – Greens

About me:
My family lives in Gooseberry Hill. We have one dog, two children and three chickens. We love our locality. I work with my wife to run a small community swim school. We try and put our beliefs into practice and our business is carbon neutral and accredited as ‘water wise’ by the Water Corporation. We are working to be zero carbon by 2020. I currently sit on Kalamunda’s Environmental Advisory Committee as well as being a board member for Governor Stirling Senior High School. I have worked extensively on sustainable development here and in the UK and I am passionate about it.

Why I’m running for council:
I’m running for council to help the shire move towards becoming more sustainable. I feel we need to better balance the interests of business, our community and our beautiful environment to deliver development that improve everyone’s qualify of life. I feel that our council needs to be better at talking with and listening to our community. As a councillor that will be my priority. I strongly believe that more minds make better decisions, and we need to be open to ideas wherever they come from.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Open, honest and transparent communications between our council, us residents and our business community
  • Decisions that deliver economic, social and environmental enhancements at the same time and that help us move towards a sustainable community
  • Diverse communities

Vote Mike Burbridge for Kalamunda Councillor


Name: Robert Anthony Geagea
Ward contested: North Ward
Phone:  0456 154 291
Email:  robert.geagea@yahoo.com.au
Suburb of residence: Lesmurdie

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
Holding degrees from two universities and living and working within the City of Kalamunda for over 35 years; I have achieved the Australian dream of raising a family, assisting friends and owning my own home. I am an inclusive Christian with the belief of a healthy mind and body and as such I am active raising funds for sport, many charities and the poor. If elected, I will donate my entire stipend to charities.

I am a member of the Darling Range Sports College School Board. I have friends and connections with over 10,000 professional and business people. I have the respect of everyone who knows me, from teachers, bank managers, community leaders, students, the police and most importantly my wife and adult sons. I know what people need and I have the determination and the strategies to see my plans for a better, more inclusive society achieved. 

Why I’m running for council:
People need hope and a future for their children and grandchildren. To this end honesty and integrity are uppermost in people’s minds when choosing a councillor who will treat them and their issues with respect, courtesy and most importantly justice. Unfortunately, the council is a training ground for party politics and hopefuls wanting a shot at a future state or federal seat; thus the present situation oflittle respect for councillors. By giving up any monetary gain and promising an excellent work ethic, I hope to better the futures of our people.  Removing greed and avarice from the equation “Hope” will flourish.
I want a future for our children.  So, for an honest, inclusive and just council vote for “Robert Geagea” me to do the job and give the city a good name.

 

Name: Alyssa Hayden
Ward contested: North
Phone: 0428 808 000
Email: alyssa.hayden@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Bayswater and operates a Small Business in Kalamunda

Are you a member of a political party? Yes,  Liberal

About me:
Raised in the Hills, Alyssa started her first small business at 19 years old and became very active in the Swan Chamber of Commerce. Here she helped and chaired the Small Business Awards for over 20 years. In 2008, Alyssa took her passion to represent the community to another level and was successfully elected to the WA Government as a Member for the East Metropolitan Region. During these 8 years, Alyssa’s focus was to ensure that the East was not overlooked.  Alyssa was also inspired from working for several years for the then Member for Hasluck.  It was her belief that the everyday eastern suburbs person was not represented and that the person she was, and the community of which she grew up in was not represented and that it was time they were. Alyssa is an energetic, friendly and proactive person, who will ensure that common sense will prevail.

Why I am running for council:
After working with many local councils across WA, Alyssa believes there has been a lost focus on local issues and local services.  Alyssa would like to deliver back to the community a Council that will remain focussed on delivering the services rate payers pay for. The City of Kalamunda has huge potential and after witnessing firsthand the missed opportunities that have slipped through the City’s hands, Alyssa believes she can help identify ways to deliver local projects and services in a faster and more efficient way. Alyssa has worked with many local schools, volunteer groups, residents and businesses over the past 8 years and wishes to continue her advocacy on their behalf at this local level. As a new local small business operator, Alyssa believes it’s her duty to be a part of the solution rather than sit on the side lines and watch.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To bring a new level of Professionalism and Experience to Local Council – to ensure the City’s focus is on delivering Local Government Responsibilities and not to stray into Federal and State issues like banning Australia Day.
  • Deliver on a Protection Planning Policy for the Town Centre of Kalamunda  – to protect the heritage and village character.
  • Support economic growth and local jobs with a focus on tourism, volunteer groups and the creation of a Small Business Incubator.

Name: Douglas Melville
Ward contested:  North Ward
Phone: 0438 92 7979
Email: douglas1212@bigpond.com
Suburb of residence:  Maida Vale

Are you a member of a political party? Yes, Labor WA

Why I am runniing for council:
I have been a resident in the North Ward for some twenty years. My working life has seen service in the WA Police Force, and as a JP; teacher in state and private schools and Principal Consultant , Education Department of WA . I am particularly keen to see the City of Kalamunda flourish through developing  transparent, policies on:

  • Tourism by promoting local businesses and products;
  • maintaining the  environmental integrity of the Perth Hills;
  • improving public transport;
  • securing effective and preventative policing services;
  • supporting the cultural offerings in the local area;
  • enhancing the provision of amenities  and services for children, youth and seniors and
  • invigorating the shopping precinct to encourage residents and visitors to the town centre for shopping and entertainment.

I have the skills and vitality to be a strong voice for you on Council and I ask for your support.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Enhancing the provision of amenities  and services for children, youth and seniors
  • Securing effective and preventative policing services and
  • Invigorating the shopping precinct to encourage residents and visitors to the town centre for shopping and entertainment.

 

Name: Ken O’Reilly
Ward contested: North
Phone: 0419 969 903
Email: kenboreilly@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Kalamunda

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
Hi I’m Ken. I’ve lived in and supported the Kalamunda community for 42 years. Like my three children who attended our wonderful local schools, I remember as a child thinking there was no better place to live. A feeling that still rings true today. I have supported Kalamunda by protecting property and lives as a proud member of the Volunteer Fire Brigade for 27 years. I am honoured to have been associated with the many sporting clubs and festivals that occur in Kalamunda and will continue to support these organisations and people that give so generously their time and expertise. Without their support, these events would not be possible. Together, let us keep Kalamunda (our home in the forest) the best place to live.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe that Local Government should listen to the voices of the people. I believe it’s time for a New Voice and a Fresh Start. I am not affiliated with any political party nor have I any  vested interests on council. I am running purely because I want to represent the good people of Kalamunda and together, find the best value for money solutions that council can offer, thus keeping our rates to the absolute minimum.
I plan to work together with the community to ensure we share the decision making and always agree to resolutions.  I want to tackle crime and anti social behaviour by focusing more resources. I believe Kalamunda can be a safe community once again and while other councils make a move to celebrate Australia Day differently, my support will always be – together, let’s celebrate Australia Day on Australia Day.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Tackle crime and Anti social behaviour by adding more resources and patrols.
  • Recognise and support the various organisations that keep the history of Kalamunda alive.
  • Make decisions that are well discussed and agreed to by all

 

Name: Stella Shipley
Ward contested: North
Phone: 0438 985 094
Email: (c/o) rhettshipley@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Gooseberry Hill

Are you a member of a political party ? Yes Liberal party.

About me:
Having lived in the Shire of Kalamunda for 30 Years, I enjoy the Lifestyle and the people. The very young to be nurtured and the Seniors thanked and respected for making our world what it is today. As a property Consultant for 27 Years, I feel I could offer help regarding businesses, Commercial and Residential Properties. I still work in this field. The streets should be safe to walk on and the Roads controlled and policed. Everyone has to live somewhere…with many options, where to live and want to buy ? Residential Properties are governed by rules and by laws; in this field Seniors are often led astray and too proud to ask for help. I should therefore like to see a Shire Advice Service set up especially for Seniors to cover Help, Health and Property. After 27 years of being invited into the inner sanctoms of homes I see how these people REALLY live. On a personal note, I have 4 married children several grandchildren and sadly no pets. I have lived in Asia for almost 40 years and have a great understanding of the traditions of other races. I should be pleased to assist our community and would give of my very best at all times.

 

Name:  Adele Standeven
Ward contested: North
Phone:
  0414 513 390
Email:  adelfee74@gmail.com
Suburb of residence:  Maida Vale

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I am a local,  a mother who runs a small business and does work in the community to ensure we build a better community.  I hold large Vintage events selling recycled items for 2000+ locals and Vintage lovers who come and enjoy a great day out just 200 metres from where I live.  I am passionate about sustainability and making better choices for the future.  I started Transition Town Kalamunda last year which is primarily concerned with making a resilient community.  In this way we run locally-based environmentally friendly activities (free or low cost) to help educate and raise awareness about sustainability.  Includes community film nights,  making Boomerang bags,  sustainable house tours,  workshops.  We do what we can,  where we can.  This is my life.

Why I’m running for council:
I am running for Council because I care. I care about my Community. I care about the old and the young. I care about the rich and the poor. I care about the sick. I care about our environment. I care about our growth and jobs. I care about making a difference,  making better decisions. I care about the truth,  respect and listening. Running for Council is an extention of what I do already.  However it might just mean more of the Community get more of a say and there is more progress. The Council need me just as much as I need them.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • to remain committed to representing and communicating the views and needs of our whole community that vote me in.  I want to build peoples trust and respect and let them know I am listening to them.
  • to balance out the profitability and liveability of our Shire so that big business and develpoment does not happen to the detriment of our community,  it’s people and it’s natural assets.
  • to promote and grow a diverse City inclusive of all ages and races,  making sure minority,  aged groups and those in need are catered for.

Name: Andre Stasikowski
Ward contested: North Ward
Phone: 63635276
Email: andre@stass.com.au
Suburb of residence: Gooseberry Hill

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I have lived in Gooseberry Hill for the past 19 years and understand and respect community values. I have two grown up children, both married with families of their own. I believe in traditional family values and that marriage is a committed union between a man and a woman. I have  worked as a professional environmental scientist for the last 3 decades.  Over the past 19 years, I have supported local communities and Councils in their fights against environmental mismanagement by business greed and will continue to do so when called upon. I have chaired numerous community consultation groups which engaged with industry and government on environmental matters.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe the Council has become staid and needs fresh input to encourage new vision and at the same time maintain the character of Kalamunda. The entrenchment of an “old guard” is costing Kalamunda its money to promote projects which the community needs. As a local businessman, I am in a position to donate my time to the Council and am willing to work for our communities benefit.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Put a check on wanton spending by the City of Kalamunda
  • Promote aged care facilities within the City of Kalamunda
  • Improve communication between the community and the City of Kalamunda

 

Name: Margaret Thomas
Ward contested:  North
Phone: 0408 278 330
Email: margaret@retireeswa.com.au
Suburb of residence: Kalamunda

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I am a JP, have a Commerce Degree and am a qualified accountant.  My job is the CEO and CFO of Retirees WA, which includes aged care and 18 retirement villages.  I have lived in Kalamunda for 24 years and care about the area and surrounding environment.  I am Principal Cornet in the City of Perth Band which recently did a British Proms concert in the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre to a packed audience.  I ride a Harley and ride and breed horses.

Why I am running for Council:
I don’t believe the community had a voice in the recent Shire/City change and they should be listened to.  I think my knowledge and experience in construction and management of aged care facilities would be a good skill to have on Council and I am concerned about the equal distribution of the City’s resources if there is a successful push to change Ward Councillor numbers. I think it is important to have people on Council with good financial qualifications.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Introduce a BINDING referendum for such significant changes as the recent change to a City to give the community a voice
  • work on getting an integrated aged care facility in Kalamunda
  • Redevelop the Jorgenson Park Learning Centre

 

North West

Name: Andrew Waddell
Ward contested: NorthWest Ward
Phone: 0416 174401
Email: andrew@awaddell.com
Suburb of residence: High Wycombe

Are you a member of a political party? Yes, Labor

About me:
I am a longstanding resident of the area, having grown up in High Wycombe which I currently represent on council.  I have tried to serve my community in many ways over my life, from volunteering with Active Foundation, to teaching community computer classes, to being the state parliamentarian for Forrestfield and currently serving as the Mayor for the City of Kalamunda. I have a daughter who is the best thing I ever helped create, who inspires me daily to make the world a better place. It was her battle with cancer that encouraged me to use my technical skills to help minimise the impact that Breast Cancer has on our community through my work at Breastscreen WA. Technology is one of my passions, and I believe it is a powerful tool to make our lives more efficient and enjoyable.

Why I’m running for council:
I have only been Mayor for 2 years, in that time, I have worked to solve our Aged Care problem with some success, I have obtained funding for the horrible Roe-Kalamunda intersection and a flyover will be constructed next year. I have worked towards completing the long overdue Industrial Stage one development and finally got some of the roads necessary constructed. I have proposed a democratisation of how sporting clubs are funded and hope to have that implemented in the next year. I have been heavily lobbying State and Federal Governments for funding for various projects such as our new community hubs, improvements to Kalamunda Road, better sporting facilities – especially for women and  a greener and more sustainable suburb surrounding the train station.

I hope to continue to keep rates low (we delivered a very low increase this year)  and to improve communication and customer service. I am passionate about my suburb and the city in total. I hope to have a chance to keep working for our community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Ensure a fair distribution of resources throughout the City.
  • Improve Customer Service and Communication from the City
  • Continue to plan for and obtain funding for  Community Hubs and the new Suburb around the train station.

South East

South West

 

Name:  Noreen Townsend
Ward contested:  South West
Phone: 0418 952 076
Email:  TINKT@BIGPOND.NET.AU
Suburb of residence:  Gooseberry Hill

Are you a member of a political party:  No

About me:
Lived in Forrestfield for over 40 years.  I have three daughters who grew up in Forrestfield, went to school in Kalamunda played sport at Ray Owen and worked in Forrestfield  whilst going to Uni.  I am a widow of ten years; but by chance met a nice gentleman and have enjoyed his company for the last three years. My Grandmother was Jane Stirk one of the original Stirks,  who married Andrew  Armstrong from Sawyers Valley.  I spent many school holidays in Kalamunda staying at the Overflow House with Grandma. Historically and culturally I have a connection with the Kalamunda area and Forrestfield and believe we need to protect our heritage; our environment and our community.

  • Worked as Governance Officer, Forrestfield Community Bank for 7 years
  • Board Member for FIRS (Foothills Information & Referral Service)
  • Coordinated Emergency Relief Program and Advocacy Service for those who are experiencing financial and emotional stress; housing issues (homelessness) and domestic violence
  • Involved with the development of the Foothills Men’s Shed;  the Women’s Powder Room the Skate Park in Forrestfield.  Also working with the Wattle Grove Community for facilities for their community.


Why I’m running for council:

To be involved with to represent my local ward and its residents.

  • Future development in Forrestfield & Wattle Grove and the need for careful planning/close liaison between owners/developers/residents/councillors (Council) to ensure there is no repeat of the Cell 9 Wattle Grove development.
  • The development of the Forrestfield Town Centre with appropriate traffic management designs.
  • The finalization/completion of the Forrestfield Industrial area
  • The Forrestfield North development is well managed and designed and includes facilities for young families, the aged and residents.
  • The continued promotion of an aged care facility within the Forrestfield area, now in the early stages of planning following my identification of a suitable site.
  • Will promote sound environmental management and sustainability
  • Will push for sound financial management of the City of Kalamunda
  • Will Encourage a consultative approach with residents on major issues.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Policies, programs and community involvement to address the drug crime rate and antisocial behaviour in the Shire particularly the South West Ward
  • The provision of financial counselling; emergency relief and advocacy work  with residents experiencing financial & emotional stress
  • Protection of our natural environment through appropriate controls on developments; and the protection of our local heritage and culture.

 

Name: Mr Nat Coppin
Ward contested: South West
Phone: 0409114750
Email: wrc770@hotmail.com
Suburb of residence: Lesmurdie

Are you a member of a political party: No

About me:
I’ve lived in the region for most of my 43 years and it’s a pleasure  for my wife an I to be able to raise our two children here. I value family, friends and community. I believe anything can be achieved with hard work and enthusiasm. As a serving volunteer for the SES and active committee member of Kalamunda Ratepayers Association I am not afraid to Roll up my sleeves and work hard where it counts. I am passionate about our region with its wonderful people and having travelled extensively all over Australia I truly believe what our region has to offer is up there with the best.

Why I’m running for council:
As our city grows and evolves I would like to ensure the community voice of Forrestfield and Wattle Grove is represented clearly and fairly.

  • I’m passionate about our local area and want to play a part in making sure the local government capitalizes on the opportunities that are ahead to benefit our wonderful community within the City of Kalamunda.
  • My commitment is to be unbiased and work hard representing our ward in council whilst pushing for the many improvements required within the City with a strong focus on Parks, reserves, Community sporting and recreation facilities.
  • I stand for a united council with a grass roots approach supporting the community first.
  • To play a part in promoting a more transparent and accountable council.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To push for better communication and consultation by council with our community.
  • To promote more investment into infrastructure and updating community facilities in the South West Ward.
  • Lobby for improved crime prevention strategies within the region.

 

Name:  Noreen Townsend
Ward contested:  South West
Phone: 0418 952 076
Email:  TINKT@BIGPOND.NET.AU
Suburb of residence:  Gooseberry Hill

Are you a member of a political party:  No

About me:
Lived in Forrestfield for over 40 years.  I have three daughters who grew up in Forrestfield, went to school in Kalamunda played sport at Ray Owen and worked in Forrestfield  whilst going to Uni.  I am a widow of ten years; but by chance met a nice gentleman and have enjoyed his company for the last three years. My Grandmother was Jane Stirk one of the original Stirks,  who married Andrew  Armstrong from Sawyers Valley.  I spent many school holidays in Kalamunda staying at the Overflow House with Grandma. Historically and culturally I have a connection with the Kalamunda area and Forrestfield and believe we need to protect our heritage; our environment and our community.

  •  Worked as Governance Officer, Forrestfield Community Bank for 7 years
  • Board Member for FIRS (Foothills Information & Referral Service)
  • Coordinated Emergency Relief Program and Advocacy Service for those who are experiencing financial and emotional stress; housing issues (homelessness) and domestic violence
  • Involved with the development of the Foothills Men’s Shed;  the Women’s Powder Room the Skate Park in Forrestfield.  Also working with the Wattle Grove Community for facilities for their community.
  • Why I’m running for council:
    To be involved with to represent my local ward and its residents.
  • Future development in Forrestfield & Wattle Grove and the need for careful planning/close liaison between         owners/developers/residents/councillors (Council) to ensure there is no repeat of the Cell 9 Wattle Grove development.
  • The development of the Forrestfield Town Centre with appropriate traffic management designs.
  • The finalization/completion of the Forrestfield Industrial area,
  • The Forrestfield North development is well managed and designed and includes facilities for young families, the aged and residents.
  • The continued promotion of an aged care facility within the Forrestfield area, now in the early stages of planning following ​ my identification of a suitable site.
  • Will promote sound environmental management and sustainability
  • Will push for sound financial management of the City of Kalamunda
  • Will Encourage a consultative approach with residents on major issues.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Policies, programs and community involvement to address the drug crime rate and antisocial behaviour in the Shire particularly the South West Ward
  • The provision of financial counselling; emergency relief and advocacy work  with residents experiencing financial & emotional stress
  • Protection of our natural environment through appropriate controls on developments; and the protection of our local heritage and culture.

 

Name: Lesley Boyd
Ward: South West ward
Phone: 0429 422 705
Email: lesleyboyd1902@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Wattle Grove

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which one? Yes, Liberal

About me:
As a local resident, working in and around the area, I understand the issues concerning our community and bring a new face and voice to the council. As an ex-Police Officer and Community Services programs manager, I have always dedicated my services to the community. If elected I will be a strong voice, not only at the local level but beyond, where required. I am passionate about ensuring the correct services are available in a timely manner to those in need, regardless of the services or issue. I have recently been advocating for improved communications, in particular internet services in Wattle Grove. I seek to have all levels of Government working together to provide a safe and viable community to all members. With your support, I will advocate to ensure we live in a community that safeguards families, offers hope for the youth, the vulnerable and security for seniors.

Why I’m running for council:
I am running for Council as I believe change is needed. I also believe Wattle Grove and Forrestfield need a local resident to represent the residents, someone who is prepared to stand up and be vocal on ‘our’ issues – that is me! My current job is working for WA Police managing their Drug Diversion programs. This, along with being an ex-Police Officer, I know first hand our community issues relating to drugs and anti-social behaviour. I am passionate about our youth as they are our future, and believe if the correct opportunities and resources are provided correct pathways can be found for a sound future. This then leads onto individuals and families being able to live in a community where they feel safe, not only about their wellbeing, but about the years ahead.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • To ensure transparent process and distribution of Council resources throughout all suburbs
  • To listen to residents and respond. Most concerns I hear are regarding lack of engagement. I am committed to be a strong voice for the community.
  • To address each issue raised on its merit, not all issues raised are a Local Government issue, but I am committed to exploring all options for those that are, and working with other appropriate levels of Government for solutions so we can all live happily in our community

 

Name: Geoff Stallard
Ward: South East Ward
Phone: (08) 9291 9174 / 0423 300 411
Email: gcstallard@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Lesmurdie

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

About me:
I have lived in the Lesmurdie area for the past 44 year and been active in the community as a teacher, environmentalist, sports coach, parent and grandparent
Throughout the last eight years as your ward Councillor, I have enthusiastically aimed to represent the community with honesty, integrity and competence. I listened to the community and fought against amalgamation and city status, chaired the Bush Fire Advisory Committee, Board member Lesmurdie Primary School, Lesmurdie HS Library Committee delegate, member of the Lesmurdie & Districts Community Association, Regional Parks Committee and currently EMRC delegate – working to reduce waste to landfill and reliance on plastics.

Why I’m running for council:

To give the community better access to a voice of reason and compassion, someone who will listen and act responsibly.

My top three priorities:

  • Aged Care facilities and ageing in place
  • Sustainable agri-tourism and employment
  • Transparent and community focused decision-making especially for rezoning and development applications

Did not respond:
North Ward: Sue Bilich
North West Ward: Sean Gilbert, Dylan O’Connor, David Almond and Frank Lindsey
South West Ward: Justin Whitten and Radek Lunak
South East Ward: Maresa Robbers