Town of Mosman Park 2017 local government election candidates

Town of Mosman Park 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.

Name: Brett Pollock
Standing for Mayor
Phone: 0427 637 973
Email: brettwooleen@hotmail.com
Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I am a councillor of six years and am offering my services as Mayor for the next 4 years. I am involved in all facets of life in our wonderful Town of Mosman Park, including Treasurer RSL, past president of Rotary club and current Rotarian, Founding member and championed Mosman Park community Men’s Shed, Championed building of the Russell Brown Adventure Park Minimum Cove and helped acquire the community bus. Active in all sporting clubs, a keen bowler, wounded tennis player and poor golfer. Fully retired living with my partner Jocelyn Treasure and we have a large family and grand children. Previously owned Wooleen Station in the Murchison and a Farm, now run by my sons. Hold a Diploma in Local Government, practised accounting, successful businessman and involved in Tourism. Active community walker and leader, helping making life in Mosman Park better for all residents and ratepayers.

Why I am running:
It’s time for a new Mayor for Mosman Park. I pledge to commit my time and efforts (fully retired) to serving ratepayers and residents, and not be distracted by wider political matters. I have been a councillor for six years, accountant, Local Government CEO and successful farmer businessman, championed lower rate increases, was the driving force for Men’s Shed, Children’s Adventure Park and community bus, am actively involved in sporting clubs, Rotary, RSL, seniors and community groups. If elected I would prioritise keeping Rate increases at CPI, Reducing Rubbish charges by $100 per property. The Grove Library huge annual cost to MP ($1.2m) must be lowered. We can increase Reserve Funds to satisfactory levels, action Underground Power, Revitalize Monument Hill, Skate Park, commercial precincts, source external funds for an Ocean Pool, maintain our Parks, playing fields, native bushlands and reduce crime hotspots. It’s Time for cost effective” hands on” leadership.

Top three priorities if elected:

• Keep rates at CPI
• Reduce rubbish rates significantly
• Responsible financial Leadership for Council and the Ratepayers and Residents

Name: Ron Norris
Standing for Mayor
Phone: 0402036353
Email: norrisra@iinet.net.au
Suburb of residence: Mosman park

Are you a member of a political party? No
About me: I am married with two adult daughters and five grandchildren. I have operated my own business for 40 years.  I have been mayor for the past 10 years.

Why I’m running for council:
We can be proud of what Mosman Park is today. Our community has a village atmosphere where neighbours know and care for each other. A diverse but inclusive community displaying a tolerance which has strengthened us. Our sporting clubs are strong and committed to nurturing our youth. Mosman Park is known for its well-maintained parks, playing fields and recreational facilities.

Born and bred in Mosman Park I’m steeped in these shared community values. I offer a proven track record of experience and leadership protecting our town against external threats but embracing opportunities as they arise. I trust you have valued my efforts as your Mayor for the past 10 years. I wish to continue guiding the Council and community. I want to continue working with our new CEO and addressing the concerns of residents. I want to continue advocating on behalf of the town when required.

My top three priorities if elected:  

  • Tightly manage the budget
  • Enhance our inclusive and connected community
  • Improve customer service

North

Name: Brett Carboni
Ward contested: North
Phone: 0418915533
Email: brettcarboni@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Mosman Park
Are you a member of a political party? No

About me: 

I’m a local businessman and restaurateur (Tsunami) in Mosman Park. I’ve been operating for 20 years and have come to know the loves, hates and concerns of Mosman Park residents over the years. I attended Scotch College and UWA and have a background in engineering, graphic design, computer programming and hospitality. I have run a successful business for many years so am familiar in keeping costs under control. As a restaurateur I am in frequent contact with customers (I still wait tables) and am a great listener. For a brief time I was on council and in that time I learned about the operation and pitfalls of being a councillor. I was able to contribute in a small way to the cost control of operations which resulted in rates being kept to a minimum. In short, I am capable to fill this position and serve the community well.

Why I’m running for council: 

I’m running for council because I’m concerned about the lives of everyday people. At the restaurant I’ve been listening to what people really want from the council – low rates and to be left alone by the bureaucracy. I’m here to help them with that. I believe not enough is being done to provide parking for the commercial precincts of Glyde & Wellington streets. People need to be able to park when they go to the shops. We know the economy is tough for people and businesses. I want to keep the rates low by cutting down on waste in council. I’ve had to do it in my business, so I should be able to help in council. And mostly I believe that Mosman Park should be a vibrant, interesting and fun place to live. Let’s have great cafes, bars, restaurants, fairs so we can live life to the full.

My top three priorities if elected: 

• Mosman Park to be a vibrant, interesting and fun place to live.
• Keep rates low by cutting waste.
• Support residents if they feel they are being treated unfairly by the council.

Name: Paul Shaw
Ward contested: North Ward
Phone: 0409.292629
Email: Paul.shaw@decomrem.com.au
Suburb of residence: Mosman Park.
Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:

I have been a proud and passionate member of the Mosman Park community for 20 years. Together with my wife Kirsten, we have raised three children (Campbell, Eloise and James) in this great community. I have been involved in the Mosman Park Junior Football Club for 13 years with eight years on the committee and the last two years as president. I have been president of the Mosman Park Residents and Ratepayers Association for five years – a group that contributes strongly to the Town’s development decisions and financial priorities. I am also a founding member of the unofficial Mosman Park Touch Rugby Club. Our children all attended the Mosman Park Kindergarten and Primary School and have played football, cricket and netball with local sporting clubs. After careers in professional services and the resources sector, I now own and manage my own business.

Why I’m running for council:

Through my community involvement, I have been able to make a strong contribution to maintaining and enhancing the liveability of Mosman Park. I believe that I can make an even stronger contribution as a councillor. My business experience positions me well to make prudent and balanced decisions regarding the town’s finances. My experience and energy can drive improvements in the town through appropriate development and support programs for community groups and residents. If elected, I will utilise my communication skills and considered views to further the best interests of the community.

My top three priorities if elected:

• Enhancing Glyde Street/Stirling Highway as the gateway to the town.
• Support for maintaining and improving Mosman Park bushland.
• Addressing crime and safety issues within the town.

Name: Andrew Wilson
Ward contested: North
Phone: 0401 227 324
Email: andrew.wilson@msn.com
Suburb of residence: Mosman Park
Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:

My background is in Law and Media and I work in those areas currently. I am a long term resident to Mosman Park and I am interested in making Mosman Park safe for everyone. I am passionate about the local area and I am involved in many local charities including Mosman Park Rotary, STOMP, Men’s Shed, and SHINE among many others. I am currently building various community initiatives such as community gardens, a neighbourhood watch, a community newsletter, a trading post, among many others. I have worked closely with Police in the justice system previously in my work and will put that talent to work for the residents of Mosman Park.

Why I’m running:

Mosman Park is a beautiful suburb with amazing facilities, culture and natural beauty. However, we have a massive problem with the housing commission flats. It’s time to address the elephant in the room. Every day a break in occurs in Mosman Park, and we all know it’s due to the housing commission. We have 3 schools in the area, young children, families, and retirees living in Mosman Park who deserve to feel safe walking the streets even at night. This is not an elitist stance to take. I myself am a man of modest means, but I believe in community safety, and I along with many others, have had enough of silently putting up with the housing commission criminal conduct. I’ve spoken to many residents who have shared terrible stories about housing commission residents. Vote for me, Andrew Wilson and I will remove the housing commission blocks from Mosman Park.

• Hires security patrol cars (the council already started doing this last year), private criminal prosecutors, private investigators and start a database on housing commission crimes.
• Work with Police and State Government to form a relocation solution.
• Create a new council hotline for reporting problems with the housing commission.

South

Name: Georgie Carey
Ward contested: South
Phone: 0421 644 599
Email: georgie.carey15@gmail.com
Suburb of residence: Mosman Park
Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:

I’ve lived in Mosman Park for 14 years and am an active member of the community. In 2015, I was the Mosman Park Young Citizen of the Year. I’ve been a member of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council for the past six years, and chairperson for three of those years, helping to bring the community events like STOMP! Race Around Mosman Park. I’m also a High Distinction student studying Honours at UWA on a full Fogarty Scholarship, while tutoring marketing at UWA. I’m passionate about community and social entrepreneurship and currently help to run uneARThed, a social enterprise that works to help Perth’s homeless community. I also sit as a director on the board of the Youth Affairs Council of WA and have had past governance experience as a Trustee of the Fogarty Foundation. I’m ready to offer a fresh perspective for Mosman Park.

Why I’m running for council:

More than a third of the people living in Mosman Park are 30 years old or younger. Isn’t it time that our council reflects that diversity? Having lived in Mosman Park for the past 14 years, I love our town and what is has to offer, but I think it’s time for a fresh perspective. With me on the council, I will offer diversity in decision-making, representing a segment of our community often left out in conversations about our town’s future, a long-term outlook on issues since the decisions we make today will be my generation’s responsibility in the future, and genuine alternative with no personal, commercial or political agenda to push. I truly want what’s best for the Mosman Park community.

My top three priorities if elected:

• Strong community – supporting and listening to the needs of the community through thorough and regular consultation.
• Vibrant hubs – encouraging innovation in our business hubs to increase the liveability and vibrancy of our town.
• Making the most of our green spaces – working in collaboration with the community to activate more of our parks and green spaces.


Name:
Jenna Ledgerwood
Ward: South
Phone:0419 991 555
Email: cr.ledgerwood@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au
Suburb of residence: Mosman Park
Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:

I am currently Deputy Mayor of Mosman Park. My family has lived in Mosman Park for 26 years and we love it. In my past life, I lived in 8 countries which I believe myself to be fair minded and approachable from these experiences. My background is in Telecommunications for 29 years and spent 15 years with Telstra managing large Corporate clients, after that as a Consultant. I am known to be a fearless supporter of residents’ concerns and I am not afraid to take on the challenges and issues that others may shy away from.

Why I’m running for council:

I have been on for the last three years and there is unfinished business for me and I love Mosman Park and want to see this work to completion. We have done much ground work but as yet have not implemented our Streetscape policy, the traffic calming and road safety resolutions which I brought to Council. To see the new Town planning scheme upgraded to include the omissions and I want to continue to lobby for better consultation within the Town. I believe myself to represent all residents from River to Sea on all issues that matter to them. I have demonstrated this from Security and safety, ensuring ratepayers are not considered to be a cheque book for indiscriminate spending, to protecting resident’s rights with development. I am not afraid to ask the hard questions.

My top three priorities if elected: 

• Keeping our Town great with rates kept to a minimum, while maintaining services and community programs
• Ensuring transparent and good governance and better consultation with community
• Security, safety for all our residents and care for our growing ageing community

Name: David Prestney
Ward: South
Phone: 0413 325 640
Email: david.prestney@cfocorp.com.au
Suburb of Residence: Mosman Park
Are you a member of a political party? No, I am not a registered member of any party. I believe that it is important that councils remain outside the direct influence of political parties, thus allowing issues and decisions and debate to remain locally focused.

About me:

I am a 44-year-old businessman, husband and father of two girls attending schools in Mosman Park. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University and attended school at Christ Church Grammar. We originally purchased in Mosman Park seven years ago to enable our girls to be closer to school, and have grown to love the suburb, its walks along the river and proximity to the ocean. My family enjoy making the most of our lives here, I am a member of the bowling club, and have participated at surf club through Nippers on Leighton Beach over the past summers. We also simply enjoy walking dogs around the suburb. In addition to enjoying what Mosman Park has to offer, I have sought to give back to the community and am currently President of Rotary Mosman Park–Cottesloe, as well as sitting on the board of Shine community care.

Why I am running for council:

I am a resident and active member of Mosman Park contributing to our suburb through my work as treasurer of SHINE (Mosman Parks preferred provider of aged and community care services), and as president of Rotary Mosman Park–Cottesloe through our fundraising and community initiatives such as the Anzac and Australia Day breakfasts, and recent STOMP event. With the knowledge and skills gained from over 20 year’s experience as an accountant and chief financial officer I believe that I am residents’ best choice to provide effective review and oversight of council’s budget, financial accounts, future contracts and proposals, ensuring effective control of costs and lower rates. I have been keen to contribute to Mosman Park as a member of council, for some time, having stood for election twice previously and attended many council meetings from “Cubby Gate” in 2014 through to the recent “Mr Whippy Affair” last month.

My top three priorities if elected:

• Lower rates through efficient fiscal management.
• Maintain and up-keep of bushland, reserves and parks.
• Promoting a professional and respectful relationship between residents and Council staff.

Candidates who did not respond:
Andrew Baird, Wesley Davies.