Shire of Mundaring 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: Toni Burbidge
Ward contested: Central Ward
Phone: 0409 101 647
Suburb of residence: Stoneville

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
My family and I have lived in Stoneville for 17 years and have
been active members of the community with sporting and
recreation groups, scouts, school P&C and environmental
volunteers. I worked in local government for 20 years and at
Shire of Mundaring (2006 – 2016). I have strong values of
respect, integrity and transparency and believe Council needs
to build trust within its community.
I support:
Local business
Activities for seniors in our community
Recreation and youth opportunities
Best environmental practice
Sound development in keeping with hills aesthetics
Bushfire safety and mitigation
Best value for money in our rates for services


Name: Patrick Bertola
Ward contested: East
Phone: 0428 316 271
Suburb of residence: Sawyers Valley
Are you a member of a politcal party?
Not a member of any political party (ever).

About me:
I have resided in the Mundaring shire for over 33years and with my partner have run a small business for nearly 20 years. I taught at Curtin University before retiring. Since then I have been active in my local community as a volunteer bush fire brigade member and member of the local Chamber of Commerce. I also serve on the executive of the WA Vine Improvement Association and the Perth Hills Vignerons Association. In my spare time I am part of the Spokesman mtb group and a practising historian.

Why I am running for council:
I am running for Council for two key reasons. First, the residents of East Ward deserve strong representation across all the issues they face and not just those of sectional interests. My experience on Council and understanding of the area give me that ability. Second, Council has worked hard to bring efficiency in the Shire’s operation. I can contribute to that process in the future especially in maintaining a downward pressure on rate levels for residents while retaining service levels and access to facilities.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Ensuring the completion of an organisational review
  • Retention of facilities and services
  • Continuation of support for community groups

Name: Syd Bignell
Ward contested: East
Phone: 0429 314 322
Suburb of residence: Chidlow
Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I have lived in Chidlow with Mel Cooper for nearly 10 years. As a career and volunteer firefighter as well asemergency services manager for over 32 years I am  very passionate around safety and readiness in ourlocal community. Together and with other residents we have led and managed our strong Bushfire Ready network that has been tested on a few occasions in recent years.

I have experience in community groups from Parents and Citizens/Friendsat my daughters’ schools to being a successful sporting coach and club president. I am currently President of Mundaring ToastmastersandVice President at another corporate Toastmasters club. Toastmasters is a successful communication and leadership development program that helps those terrified ‘want to be’ public speakers with self-development that shows amazing results. I am a great supporter of local business with a ‘If you don’t use it you lose it’ attitude.

Why am I running for Council?
Community safety is a great passion of mine and as a Councillor I will influence leaders to prioritise Bushfire Ready as a key part of the Mundaring Shire for residents and business alike. Business operators can be leaders as well as employers and they will get my support to thrive in the Shire. It is a two way street so local business will be encouraged to live locally, employ locally and spend locally as well as be volunteer friendly for the Shire’s strong volunteer population.
I will listen, I will consult, I will bring
• A ‘can do’ attitude to Shire and Council for the benefits of all residents
• Accountability to the East Ward ratepayers as well as fellow Councillors
I will be a change agent for those with a ‘can’t do’ attitude in looking for efficiencies in services provision by the Mundaring Shire.
Make your vote count for:
• A safer and more resilient community;
• Support forbusiness with a local focus; and
• My strong support for community delivered from our community through to a new and efficient Shire and Council

Name: Kate Driver
Ward contested: East
Phone: 0432539066

About me:
Having worked in corporate services for over 10 years I am passionate about leadership and financial accountability. Ensuring rates are managed effectively and that residents’ needs are prioritised is key. Consultation with the community and accurate representation are essential roles for councillors. Raised in Sawyers Valley, I have a deep love of the Hills lifestyle. Preserving reserves, creating wildlife corridors and weed management are necessary for maintaining our natural environment. Development needs to be sensitive to and reflect our unique district. Progress comes from supporting local businesses, industry and community organisations. Advocating for youth and independent living services assists in promoting a vibrant and thriving community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • * Ensuring effective representation and management of rates.
  • * Preserving the unique Hills environment and lifestyle.
  • * Creating thriving sustainable businesses, industry and communities.



Name: Darrell Jones
Ward contested: South
Suburb of residence: Helena Valley

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I grew up in the Hills and attended Eastern Hills SHS. Married with two children, my family and I have lived in Helena Valley since 1998. Formerly a banker, small business owner and business consultant, I was also an at-home dad for several years.  This was both a privilege and a challenge, and I understand the daily issues faced by families. I now work part-time as a university lecturer (economics and management) and as a director in the not-for-profit sector (arts, environment, community services).   My part-time work allows me the time to be an effective Councillor. I was previously on council for six years and delivered some good outcomes for my local area. With a degree in economics and post-graduate qualifications in finance and marketing, I am also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  This strong financial and management background helps me understand the complex financial position faced by the Shire.

Why I’m running for council:
Having been on council before, I understand the difference that a good Local Government can make.  I also believe that if you have the capacity to give something back to your community, then you should do so.  At some stage you have to stand up and add some value to society and this is what drives me to enter public office. There are many issues still to be tackled across the Shire.  I’m not a single issue candidate, and won’t make empty promises. Keeping rates low while still delivering services requires experience and hard work.  Council needs reasonable people who can tackle a variety of issues.

My top three priorities if elected:

  •     continue to seek budget savings and efficiency to stop excessive rate rises. This is particularly important for pensioners, self-funded retirees and families on tight budgets.
  •     help create opportunities for local businesses to grow and drive local job growth.  This can be achieved via sensible planning schemes, targeted industry support (such as tourism promotion) and partnering with State and Federal Government.
  •     environmental issues such as protection of important native habitat and biodiversity, wetlands, and remnant bushland

Did not respond:
Central Ward: Bob Perks
South Ward: David Lavell, Simon Vitto and John Harris
West Ward: Ian Green, Jason Russell and Richard Stuart


Name: Pauline Clark
Ward contested: West
Phone: 0402236917
Suburb of residence: Swanview

About me:
Having moved into the foothills in 1962, married and had 4 sons here, Uni educated and working here, I feel I’m the average resident,  part of the special fabric of our community. Regularly meeting with so many local people either through committees, work, projects, kids, schools, sports, the pool, motor cross, t-ball, SV Show, Carols and being one who enjoys getting involved, I nominated and was elected in 2006.

Why I’m running for council:
Being accessible, concerned, and half intelligent has made my Councillor role enjoyable. Being honest keeps me out of most trouble.  Being a Nurse and small immunisation business owner has made understanding Shire business  easier. The Shire is in good financial shape and the overall management benchmarks above most. There is always room to improve and reshape.  I would like to continue looking for those opportunities and representing you at Council.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Listening to the community.
  • Ensuring the services, infrastructure and rates fit the needs of the community.
  • Representing you and the strategic community direction at Council.

Name: Matthew Corica
Ward: West Ward
Phone: 0468 848 260
Suburb of residence: Swan View
Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
My name is Matthew Corica and I am a Swan View resident and home owner seeking your vote as the new West Ward candidate for the Shire of Mundaring Council. I originally moved to Swan View with my parents as a child in 1979. I attended Greenmount Primary School and then Swan View Senior High School in the 1980s. My grandparents built in Greenmount during the 1940s after returning from World War II and my other grandparents built in Swan View during the 1970s. My parents moved to and retired in Greenmount.I have worked in the financial services industry for nineteen years mainly focusing on raising funds and establishing Western Australian mining exploration companies. I founded my own financial services and research firm ten years ago.I have been a local to the area for 38 years.

Why I’m running for council:
I support freezing or capping shire rates. The Shire of Mundaring Council recently hiked our overall annual rates by 3.45%. My friends, family and neighbours living in the local area find these Shire rate hikes intolerable. I am a Swan View home owner seeking your vote as the West Ward candidate.
I will be committed to issues concerning residents, small business owners, local employees, volunteer groups, sporting associations and the environment. I am a strong supporter for providing exceptional local services to residents and cutting unnecessary Shire spending specifically in relation to administrative inefficiencies. If elected, I will not support an increase in Shire rates or Council debt unless it is absolutely necessary to fund an essential core community service or facility.

My top three priorities if elected:

• I will fight to either freeze, cap or lower our annual Shire rates
• I will support cutting unnecessary Shire administrative spending
• I will support more Shire resources being directed at our neglected West Ward suburbs



Name: Tony Cuccaro
Ward contested: West
Phone: 9294 2821/Mobile: 0407 441 672
Suburb of residence: Swan View

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I have lived in the Swan View area with my wife Michele for 54 years bringing up four children and now eight wonderful grandchildren. I have represented you, the residents of Midvale, Greenmount and Swan View as Shire Councillor for the past 18 years.  I am actively still involved in community and sporting groups and know what families and community expect from their local government.  Some these groups include the Swan View Football Club, Swan View Show, Helena Valley Cricket Club, Swan View Primary School P&C and Swan View High School P&C. I have in the past, assisted in projects such as additional footpaths, roundabouts, BMX track, Skate Board ramp, street beautification, strong supporter of the new Swan View Centre, other youth activities, etc.

Why I’m running for council:
Well I believe all age groups and Community groups need to be catered for to ensure they enjoy their community. There are issues that need to be addressed such as our fair share of footpaths and road upgrades, youth services, the upgrading of facilities to address to name a few. I will continue, on your behalf attempt to keep our rates to a level where our services are not affected.  At times we need to make realistic decisions regarding these services. I will continue to serve and be accountable to the West Ward community.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Continue to fight for a fair share of resources for our services and Community facilities;
  • Continue to make Midvale, Greenmount and Swan View a safe place to live and play; and
  • Continue to fight to makerealistic decisions on our ratesso services and facilities are not affected.