Shire of Murray 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.

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Name: Brenda Beacham
Ward contested: Murray
Phone: 0439911461
Suburb of residence: North Dandalup

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
Having served as a councillor for the Shire of Murray from 2010 t0 2015 giving me the experience of a serving councillor. If elected I will put the interest of the community foremost and contribute to the wellbeing of all the community, including youth, the aged and those with disabilities. I am concerned with and support the environment, a sustainable agricultural industry and tourism. I will support the Pinjarra Town Centre Revitalisation Strategy, tourism and the redevelopment of the Exchange Hotel maintaining the heritage aspects. I will support the Pinjarra Bypass now (The Heavy Haulage Deviation) with an appropriate entry statement. I will support crime prevention strategies. I will support projects that create jobs and programmes that benefit young people and encourage them to live and work locally.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • – The community first
  • – I support the Heavy Haulage Deviation
  • – I am concerned with and support the environment and sustainable agriculture.

Name: Douglas McLarty
Ward contested: N/A
Phone: 0408090506
Suburb of residence: Meelon

Are you a member of a political party? Yes

About me:
Born in Pinjarra, I am the sixth generation to live on and work our family beef property. I am married and have three children. As well as farming, I work for Alcoa and as an outdoor education instructor. I am an inaugural member of the Shire’s Rural Landowners’ Reference Group. For 17 years, I have volunteered with the Coolup VBFB, I currently hold the position of Fire Control Officer. I am a past member of Rotary. Our Shire is progressive and we have the ability to achieve significantly especially in the area of tourism underpinned by our rural heritage. I shall endeavour to ensure a balance between the cost of rates and services provided, whilst maintaining our unique rural lifestyle. Through a diligent and common sense approach I am certain I have the necessary skills to represent our community. I believe that good, open, transparent governance is of paramount importance.

Why I’m running for council:
I am a young man with a passion for our Shire and am keen to be involved with its future progress. It is important that there is a diverse demographic represented on our Council. Our Shire is unique and I would like to see our smaller communities continue to thrive. As urbanised locations continue to expand, it is essential that all areas within the Shire are serviced appropriately. Rates are a big issue for many. Having lived, worked and owned a business in the Murray Shire I understand how decisions made on behalf of ratepayers impact both residents and business. My involvements in past and present community service reflect my strong desire to see that we live in a safe and prosperous community. I have the ability, common sense and energy to represent all ratepayers within this vibrant and progressive region.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Maintaining the rural and heritage environment within the Shire
  • Balance between the cost of rates and services delivered
  • Growth of Business and tourism within the Shire – More Jobs

Name: Maree Reid
Ward contested: N/A
Phone:  0400 520 260
Postal Address:  South Yunderup

About me:
I live in South Yunderup with my partner Gordon and I am seeking re-election to Council.  I am excited to be standing again as I have a great passion for the Shire with the desire to achieve further excellence.  As a growing Shire we need to accommodate our rural and urban residents, industry and tourism so comes a need for relevant strategic planning along with Councillor’s having the ability to make sound decisions and effective policies, training and experience has given me these strengths.  I respect our heritage and hold in high regard our environment and that of our rivers and waterways.  I want to maintain our unique identity while encouraging positive growth for a sustainable and liveable Murray.  I identify with our residents and importantly, I like people and want the best for our communities.  I am a fair minded person who always keeps and open mind.


Name: Steve Veevers
Ward contested: Shire of Murray
Phone: 0403 402 071
Suburb of residence: Keysbrook

Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I am relatively new to the area having moved into the Shire with my wife and two young children around 12 months ago. We made a conscious decision to move here as we wanted our children to grow up in an environment where they could enjoy the outdoors and have a childhood like we did in the good old days. Our family loves the bush and being outdoors. We are avid campers and caravaners and even before moving we were regular users of facilities in the Shire such as Lane Poole Reserve, Marrinup Townsite, North Dandalup Dam and Heron Point.

Being new to the area I have no allegiance or alliances to any person, group or corporate bodies and no personal agenda or vested interests. As such I can provide unbiased representation for the community and will support projects and policies based on their merits and benefits to the community.

Why I am running for council:
I am running for council as I believe that the Shire of Murray has huge potential but needs fresh ideas and vision to ensure that this potential is reached. The Shire has so much to offer and stands to benefit immensely from expanded tourism and I feel that we can do much more to drive this. I am also aware that there are areas within the Shire which do not have adequate facilities and seem to have been forgotten about by the Shire. I want to make it my mission to be a vocal advocate for the needs of these ‘forgotten’ suburbs. Council should be representative of the people and I want to ensure that this is the case by enabling open dialogue between the community and the Council. I feel that there is currently not enough communication and will do all that I can to change this.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Limit red-tape and support small businesses
  • Sporting and recreational facilities including ORV area
  • Support tourism projects including Overnight Rest Areas

Candidates who did not respond:
T Briggs
D McLure.