City of South Perth 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: Dylan Botica
Ward contested Como
Phone: 9467 6313
Suburb of residence: Salter Point

Are you a member of a political party? I am proud to be independent of any voting blocks.

About me:
I am a lifelong resident of the City of South Perth, I have had a long held commitment to community service; I have been nominated for the Premier’s Citizen Award and Young Citizen of the Year. I have worked both as a volunteer and in management/administration of charities and community groups. Also founding a local association this year which has gathered hundreds of local members. I am currently studying three degrees; Nursing, Psychology and Commerce (Human Resources & Industrial Relations).

I have been involved in advocating for the local area since early childhood and have a deep held interest in building a better community for all residents. I have lobbied government for better infrastructure, health care and more transparency. Local government often does not provide an accurate representation of residents and business. I believe I provide a unique fresh voice which will hopefully improve a future council.

Why I am running for council:
I’m running for council because I believe council can misrepresent the vast majority of locals far too often. I’ve been working towards a better community for years, and I’m motivated and dedicated to work for all locals:

To lower rates for residents and businesses in current tough economic circumstances, to build better infrastructure and projects for a more vibrant and safe community and, to ensure a more transparent and accessible council. I also feel councillors, given the honour to serve, should seek out the view of locals as much as possible and to create greater ports of accessibility. I also believe in seeking to constantly re-evaluate behaviours to maximise efficiency and effectiveness. I hope that all ratepayers exercise their right to vote. I also hope to provide a local voice that people can trust, and consider casting their ballots for.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • -Lower rates and cut red tape
  • -Build a more vibrant local community.
  • -Improve public safety and general public wellbeing


Name: Tshung Chang
Ward contested: Como
Phone: 62484830 (Home) 0410 126 192 (Mobile)
Suburb of residence: South Perth

Are you a member of any political party? Yes, PHON

About me:
Tshung Chang is a company director whose long association with Como stretches back to when he got married at the local church.  He chose to raise his family locally with his two boys currently attending a local primary school.  “My international ratings agency experience gave me insights into good financial governance” says Tshung. He founded his own advisory business after a corporate career that spanned 23 years with experience gained at leading financial services firms including NAB, QBE and Fitch Ratings.  He started his career at the Booragoon Branch of NAB followed by interstate experience in Sydney (8 years) and international experience building/running regional businesses from Hong Kong (9 years). Tshung is a Graduate of Hollywood Senior High School, UWA, and the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA).  He has worked as a lecturer for SIA where he taught accounting and finance. Tshung is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka.

Why I’m running for Council:
Almost every person I speak to in Como is concerned about the cost of living.  I am running on a back to basics platform of good corporate governance and capping rate increases to CPI. I will achieve this by taking a laser like focus on cutting wasteful expenditure (ie. Westralian Square Concept cost ratepayers $60,000) and will be looking at ways to conserve each and every dollar spent.  I will make sure that projects on the table currently and into the future will only benefit the ratepayers of this community. I will vehemently oppose any and all changes to the date of Australia Day. I’m not part of any voting bloc.  I am not aligned with any property developers or their proxy and would never accept a donation from them.  I won’t be frightened to ask tough questions and will be ever vigilant against corruption and waste.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Cutting wasteful expenditure on projects like Westralian Square Concept, reduce/abolish council spending on personal grooming/wardrobe requirements and cancelling WALGA membership (saving $40,000 P.A.)
  • Building Manning Road on-ramp while preserving green corridors like the Croquet Club and McDougall Park,
  • Greater accountability and transparency particularly the tightening up of political donations from developers.


Name: James Allen
Ward: Como
Phone mobile: 0413611579
Suburb: Como

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which one? Did not respond

About me:
I am a semi- retired Tourism and Hospitality professional having held executive management positions in a career spanning 30+ years , across the International Brands of Air India, Castaway Island FIJI, Sheraton, Westin and InterContinental, in Australia and Asia.

Why I’m running for council:

I am seeking to add value to Council in my areas of expertise; management, sales and Marketing, brand and customer service. Listening skills, stakeholder development and community planning are the processes for creating a city for everyone. I pride myself as a mentor in training sales strategy and customer service. My experience and my reputation is a consummate professional. I represent a Brand with presence, exemplary grooming and the highest level of integrity. I am motivated by success and passionate about inspiring and  fostering a positive, creative and rewarding culture. I am fourth generation Australian and have returned to my hometown of Perth after consulting across Australia for a number of years.

My three top priorities if elected:

  • Improving local services
  • Safety/ Security and Risk Management
  • Creating more green landscapes for retail shopping.

Name: Glenn Cridland
Ward contested: Como
Phone: 0438 686 175
Suburb of residence: Como

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? Did not respond

About me:
I am a barrister and married with three children who have attended or attend local schools and play sport locally. We live in Como and love our friendly green leafy City. I am determined to keep its village feel for future generations. As Deputy Mayor (since 2013) and Como Councillor (since 2009) I have experience, energy, enthusiasm to offer residents. I also have a record of real action – eg leading opposition to the misconceived council amalgamations to keep our rates low, pushing the Manning Hub and EJ Oval redevelopment, getting shadecloth covering to our play equipment to protect children, upgrading Jan Doo Park and Isabella Reserve and having local footpaths fixed, supporting the fantastic foreshore celebrations for the public like the free Fiesta Concert, Australia Day Skyshow, Million Paws Walk and facilitating the South Perth Tennis Club court construction.

Why I’m running for council:
I have lived here almost 20 years and I want to continue to make a difference to our City by representing the people of Como on Council. I am experienced and will again stand up for our sporting and community clubs and protect our green open space. As the State Government policy of increasing population density in Como is implemented there will be a number of challenges to be faced in the next few years – such as traffic congestion, parking scarcity and reduced tree and vegetation cover. There will be more pressure on the public open space and more users of our parks, clubs and reserves. These public assets will become more critical and must be protected. I will keep pressing for upgrades to outdated infrastructure and increase community facilities (such as Hensman Tennis Club and George Burnett Centre – eg netball / basketball courts and an aquatic centre?) while still keeping rates low.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Continue to protect our green open space and develop our public community facilities
  • Holding the State and Federal Government to their promises to build the Manning onramp which I worked hard to obtain.
  • Managing State Government imposed hi-rise development / higher population density to reduce adverse amenity impacts on residents

Name:                                 Ron Regan
Ward Contested:             Como Ward, City of South Perth
Phone:                                (0417) 936 459
Suburb of residence:      South Perth
Are you a member of a political party?   No

About me:
I was employed by Westpac for 26 years during which time I served overseas for seven years. At the time of leaving Westpac I was a senior executive of Westpac’s Merchant BankI came to Perth in 1989 and established and operated a small cinema business which involved the restoration of the Astor Cinema and the establishment of Cinema Paradiso. Having sold that business, I turned my mind to academia where I undertook a number of roles including that of Associate Professor, Murdoch University Business School in 2006.

I then served for over seven years as CEO of a NFP organisation which supports people with a disability. I stepped down from that role in 2015, but have maintained an involvement in the community services sector. In that regard I am currently serving on three NFP Boards.

I have two Masters degrees and am currently an Adjunct Fellow with Curtin University.

Why I’m running for council: 

After leaving banking, I identified four areas I wished to contribute to in the future – local government, the arts, tertiary education and the not-for-profit sector. The remaining goal is local government. Having initially stood as a City of South Perth Mayoral candidate in 2002 and 2007, I am now in a position to offer to serve once again. Why I am running is simple – to contribute to good governance, informed decision making, sound fiscal management, creative and innovative thinking and the re-kindling of enthusiasm and interest in local government – it should not be viewed as the ‘poor cousin’.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Good governance, incorporating integrity and transparency
  • Actively supporting  seniors’ issues
  • Regularly meeting  with residents


Name: Carl Celedin
Ward contested: Manning
Phone: 0424 245 314
Suburb of residence: South Perth

About me:
I have lived in and around the Manning Ward almost my entire life.  I attended Trinity College and studied Engineering and an MBA at UWA.  I have experience managing major contracts for diverse and competing stakeholders.  Recently I managed a small business and understand the issues facing small business in the community. I am former President of a local hockey club and understand the difficulties surrounding community organisations and supporting volunteers. I want the Council to support these local community groups.

Why I’m running for council:
As I’ve grown up here, I would like to give something back by representing you on Council. Spending time with the people of the community and listening to their concerns is my number one goal. The challenges facing the urban environment in South Perth are complex and having sensible and practical members on the council is paramount.  (150 words maximum)

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Support community groups
  • Consult with residents, rate-payers and business owners
  • Making our rivers more accessible

Name: Blake D’Souza
Ward contested Manning
Phone: 0450 435 065/9279 6514
Suburb of residence: Waterford

About me:
I graduated from Trinity College in 2013, and presently study Engineering at Curtin. Volunteering as Curtin Student Ambassador, my selection for the National Student Leadership Forum in Canberra and fundraising for charity via the John Curtin Leadership Academy have ignited a passion in me to serve my local community in a more meaningful way.

I’m standing for election because I believe I can make a difference. I want to connect people more to their local councils. The fact that voter turnout at Council election is around 30% reflects people’s indifference towards local government. As a young and passionate candidate, I want to energize people to feel empowered in the decision making process of the City of South Perth Council. If elected, I will always make time to hear the concerns of residents, and keep them informed about major council business. I will always act in the best interests of residents.

Why I am running for council:
Because I believe in:

CUTTING RATES – increases were 3 to 4 times inflation over the past 10 years; whilst many locals have had their services (like white-goods verge collection, decreased. This is not acceptable)
ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY – Consult residents before voting major council decisions (unlike the Waterford Plaza McDonalds approval)
Supporting Manning Road on-ramp, South Perth train station, Aquatic Centre.
More footpaths, bicycle paths.
A LOCAL VOICE: I actually live in Waterford (within the Manning Ward boundaries), as a result I can provide true grassroots/local representation, and will always act in the best interests of Manning Ward electors.
YOUR RATES are being spent on the Foreshore, Angelo/Mends Street ($7.5million), whilst Manning Ward is being NEGLECTED!

I live within the Manning Ward, so can truly represent you. Tired of HIGH RATES and an UNRESPONSIVE COUNCIL? VOTE FOR A FRESH, YOUNG VOICE ON COUNCIL TO FIGHT FOR YOU!

My top three priorities if elected:

  • 1. CUTTING RATES and FIGHTING FOR A FAIRER SHARE FOR LOCALS – reinvesting your hard earned rates locally in the Manning Ward, not just the South Perth Foreshore and Angelo/Mends Street (recent $7.5million upgrade)
  • 2. ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY – Consult residents before voting major council decisions (unlike the Waterford Plaza McDonalds approval).
  • 3. INFRASTRUCTURE – Continue support for vital assets, like the Manning Road on-ramp, South Perth train station and an Aquatic Center.


Name: Chris Muir
Ward: Manning Ward
Phone: 0438286421
Suburb: Kensington

About me:
I’m a lucky father to Emily & Jessica, and fortunate husband to Jenny Safstrom who families will know for running the young grads’ Saturday WASPS hockey. Yep, I’m the guy who hands out the hockey balls while Jenny keeps it all running! I’ve 20+ years in software engineering in Perth, interstate and overseas, in the past a team lead in a large WA government financial system success, and more recently working for US multinational Oracle Corporation as a product manager.  Product managers are the regimental sergeant majors of the software world, keeping bleeding edge projects moving forward, we advocate customers’ concerns first over sales’ pipe dreams.  It’s an eclectic highly multi skilled role, a Google will reveal my public roles like hosting YouTube videos and presenting at conferences, not the regular behind-the-desk stereotype for IT folk.  A personal highlight was a 2009 industry award for building international community groups.

Why I’m running for council:
In working with school P&Cs, fathering groups and conservation projects, I’ve realized this is where the real worthwhile activities are, supporting our local communities. When I see council focusing on the controversial “prestige” South Perth towers and the unpopular Westralia Centre, it’s frustrating how singularly focused they are and so off track from what the community wants and needs.  How did they misread the huge discontent against the foreshore development?  How long have residents asked for a public pool?  What’s with the focus on South Perth over what now feels like our other forgotten suburbs? I’m not a developer, I’ve no relationship with councillors or the mayor, but I do with community groups.  The community groups that support us, our kids at sport and school, our families for health and education, our seniors for services and care.  I’m running to put balance back in council: Our communities must come first.

My top 3 priorities:

  • Communities must come first
  • Finish the Manning hub so it becomes our thriving highstreet
  • Celebrate our rivers & wetlands, green spaces and reserves over council bricks & mortar projects


Name: Jo Hos
Ward: Moresby
Phone: 0430 552 962
Suburb of residence: Kensington

Are you a member of a political party? If yes, which party? I am a member of the Liberal Party.

About me:
I am Kensington resident and respected business professional. I am the Marketing Director for FRINGE WORLD Festival, the most popular annual event in Western Australia, and I have more than 10 years professional experience in marketing, community and government engagement, business development and arts and culture. I have a Bachelor of Communications from Curtin University and have previously worked with ScreenWest, in the Western Australian state government, and in marketing and business development roles in the private sector. My project delivery experience will be an asset to the South Perth Council and I will work hard to find savings and efficiencies.

Why I’m running for council:
I have nominated for the South Perth Council because, like you, I want to help make South Perth an even better and brighter place to live and work. I love the relaxed South Perth lifestyle including the beautiful parks and foreshore. Like many local residents I enjoy cycling along the river, playing golf with friends and family at Collier Park Golf Course and visiting the wonderful shops in our community. As a South Perth Councillor, I will celebrate what’s great about South Perth and bring fresh new ideas to support local businesses and stimulate community vitality.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Find savings and efficiencies
  • Support an active community and safe streets.
  • Boost the vitality of the community for the benefit of local businesses and residents.



Name: Fiona Reid
Ward: Moresby
Phone: 0422 037 630
Suburb of residence: Como

Are you a member of a political party? No.

About me:
A daughter of the past: A lifetime resident, born in the South Perth Community Hospital and student of local schools. A wife of the present: Residing in Como at my family home, I have 20 years professional experience in community health, supporting families and promoting resilient communities. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Science, graduate of Australian Institute of Company
Directors, and senior manager of medium sized not for profit. A mother of the future: My children both attended local schools and I am actively involved in contributing to our community, through past and present participation in local groups and activities, including board member of local groups, service clubs, and local school associations.

Why I’m running for council:
With increasing demands on our community, it is vital that South Perth has a visionary, experienced and stable Council. First elected to Council in 2011, I am making a difference in OUR community:
Contributing to South Perth’s positive influence on local government: Member of WALGA State Council, Rivers Regional Council, Municipal Waste Advisory Council, Public Libraries Working group.
With your support, I will continue to listen, work hard and committed to making a real difference.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • I’m passionate about protecting our unique lifestyle, whilst acknowledging urban renewal and committed to sustainable outcomes
  • Supporting sustainable development and progressing infrastructure in response to demands on our inner-city location; including integrated transport planning and improved public
    transport (such as a South Perth CAT Bus), strongly advocating for completion of Underground Power in Kensington and continuing to lobby State Government to reform WA’s Planning System
  • Responsible rates setting and sound financial management, to maximise efficiencies and minimise increases

Name: Greg Milner
Ward contested: City of South Perth – Moresby Ward
Phone: 0403 024 124
Suburb of residence: Waterford

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

About me:
My wife and I are longtime residents of the City of South Perth, and we couldn’t have picked a better place to live and raise our two wonderful young children. We love this area, and want to see its residents properly represented. I am a commercial and property lawyer with 13 years of private practice experience, and an aged care volunteer working with Advocare and Southcare. I also write about current and business issues, and my material has been published by The West AustralianREIWA News, the ABC’s The Drum, the UWA Law Review and Lexisnexis’ Practical Guidance service. I hold a Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/Finance double major) from UWA. I also recently graduated from the Emerging Leaders in Governance Program (ELGP).

Why I’m running for council:
Cost of living for families and seniors – that’s why I’m running for Council. In recent years, most people living in Kensington and Como have seen a fall in the value of their biggest asset – the family home. In the last year alone, house prices have dropped by 7.0% in Kensington and by 3.0% in Como. Yet while our house values drop, Council rates have continued to rise; by 4.3% this year, by 3.7% last year, by 5.4% in 2015/2016 and by 6.9% in 2014/2015. I am running for Council because I am tired of Council rates rising year after year, well in excess of movements in CPI and house prices. The community should not be treated as a convenient ATM for local government. As Councillor, my number one priority will be KEEPING YOUR RATES LOW.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Representing the interests of Moresby Ward (Como, Kensington and South Perth)
  • Supporting families, seniors and local business

Mill Point

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Candidate Name: Mary Choy
Ward contested: Mill Point Ward
Phone: 0409 917 775
Suburb of residence: South Perth

Are you a member of a political party? No, independent If yes, which party? Did not respond

About me:
I have lived in South Perth for the past 15 years and my extended family for near on 50 years. I love our gem of a suburb and have got to know it very well over the years having resided both
near the Angelo Street precinct and more recently the South Perth foreshore precinct. I am a lawyer and mediator, wife and mother. I set up my first business, a mediation practice, on Coode
Street, selected Wesley College for my children’s education, attend church on Ridge Street and have together with my family participated in and supported numerous community organisations,
businesses and events in the area. I am community minded and a proactive voice who will work hard to represent your interests on Council.

Why I’m running for council:
We need a change with some fresh faces and representation. I am a strong believer that local Councils should be completely transparent in the decisions they make on our behalf, with any appearance otherwise being challenged and held to account. We need a Council that is balanced and represents everyone. We also want a Council where all points of view are properly heard,
adequately responded to and appropriately acted on. I am an advocate for a continued resident friendly and sustainable South Perth, with increased preservation of our peninsular, foreshore
and lakes precincts. I am also an active campaigner for the completion of underground power in South Perth. I represent the community values that we all in South Perth share. I believe that we
must have a bold but well thought through vision for the future of our area whilst cherishing and not taking for granted what we have now.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Pushing for the completion of underground power for the remainder of South Perth.
  • Fighting to maintain and protect the beautiful landscape us locals all hold near and dear, by engaging fully in all Council and community discussions, particularly on current and future
    plans for our South Perth peninsular, foreshore, parkland and lakes.
  • Advocating for improved public transport, parking and infrastructure in South Perth


Name: Cheryle Irons
Ward contested: Mill Point
Phone: 0412 343 344
Suburb of residence: South Perth

Are you a member of a political party? Yes the Liberal Party

About me:
I am and always have been a very driven person. As they say, there are those who watch what happens, those that wonder what happened and those that make it happen. I make things happen and always have, which is why I was very successful in building two businesses. I find being proactive is a lot better than being reactive and I have a very strong belief in accountability. Both my parents instilled in me that hard work had rewards and to treat people how you would like to be treated and I have taken that advice with me all of my life and it has never let me down. I am one of seven children, I am married and have beautiful children and grandchildren which I adore.

Why I’m running for council:
I believe a councillor can and should achieve more than looking after roads, rates and rubbish. I have always liked helping people in life and I saw this as a perfect opportunity to do that for my community. Seeing the look on someone’s face when you have helped them, is priceless. In the last 4 years as a councillor I have worked alongside the City and Federal Government to obtain $2.5 Million towards the Mends Street upgrade, I want to see this through to the end.

I want to see an aquatic facility built which so many people, young and old are crying out for. I have started this journey along with many other people and I want to see it built. I would like to see freeway access at South Terrace which will reduce traffic congestion in the Mill Point Ward. To achieve this and more, vote for me.

My top three priorities if elected:

  • Prevent unwanted skyscrapers
  • Build and aquatic facility
  • Take pressure off rate payers by securing more State/Federal funding opportunities.