Shire of Toodyay 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.

Central Ward

Name: Di Granger
Ward contested: Central
Phone: 0413 748 884
Suburb of residence: Toodyay
Are you a member of a political party? No

About me:
I fell in love with Toodyay the moment I stepped off the AvonLink as a day tourist. I now Chair the Avonlink Supporters Group to ensure the service is here to stay. I am a writer, facilitator, trainer, coach and small business owner. My consultancy, Lifelong Learning is all about the concept of continuous development through self-actualised learning. I believe the role of local government is to make decisions that enhance Community and enable all to flourish.  As your Councillor, I will listen. I will facilitate effective conversations. I will make sound financial decisions. I will provide feedback so you are constantly in the loop around issues that impact you. You can take the girl out of the corporate world and put her in a beautiful regional Town, but you can’t take the corporate out of the girl. I will provide the communication, consultation, leadership and governance we all deserve.

Why I am running for council:
I’m running because as a Community and Town (outer City sprawl) we can be doing a lot better AND deserve to be doing a lot better.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Governance


East Ward


West Ward

Name: Craig Brook
Ward contested West Ward
Phone: 0457 318 491
Suburb of residence: Morangup
Are you a member of a political party?  No

About me:
I am 43 years of age and married to Libby with 5 children, Annalise (16), Amelia (9), Caitlynn (7), Valerie (6) and Zachary (1). We have been residents of Morangup for the past 6 years. I have been attending the Toodyay Baptist church regularly since we have been living in the area, and really enjoy the fellowship that is shared there. I am an ex serving member of the Australian Army and a veteran of East Timor an Afghanistan. I am a member of the Toodyay RSL club.

I am a senior manager within the Resource sector, where I specialise in Health, Safety and the Environment. I have a Master’s Degree in Health, Safety and Environmental Management as well as numerous other qualifications. My hobbies and interests include, Music (playing and listening to), electronics, being outdoors, spending quality time with my family and helping people in need.

Why I’m running for council:

• I believe that local government should be open and accountable in the way it conducts its business, and that the community should have every opportunity to participate in their local government and its decisions.

• I believe that the community needs someone from within their own community, that understands the day to day issues faced, and is readily available for people to voice their concerns or ideas.

• I believe that the environment should be maintained for the enjoyment and benefit of all current and future generations. And that the need is there for someone who will fight, on the communities’ behalf, to ensure that we will always have drinkable water, breathable air and quality of life.

• I am keen to promote a steady and careful growth in our community that maintains the hills lifestyle.

My top three priorities if elected: 

  • Seek community feedback on proposed mining (bauxite, sand etc.) and ensure that their opinions are taken into consideration by the council
  • Work with the School bus drivers, parents and the School bus service to ensure that the bus stops provide safe use for children, drivers and parents.
  • Ensure transparency of council decisions that are based on adequate consultation from the wider community.

North Ward

No response:

Linda Rooney
David Dow
Karyn Dymond
Tim Hale
Therese Chitty
Benjamin Bell
Paula Greenaway
Andrew Walker
Brian Rayner – elected unopposed