Labor picks candidate


Labor leader Mark McGowan and new candidate David Michael.
Labor leader Mark McGowan and new candidate David Michael.

Mr Michael became a councillor in 2005 when he was 25 years old and said he had been involved with Labor for 18 years.

He said he would focus on increasing localised healthcare options, easing traffic congestion with public transport options and ensuring the area coped with population growth.

“Tuart Hill and Joondanna are the densest bunch of suburbs in WA with 3600 people per square kilometre, so we have lots of people living here,” he said.

“Most of the old houses have been demolished and been turned into multiple dwellings.

“I worry about my nan; she doesn’t drive anymore and in terms of emergency services there are no local health care options – there is definitely a gap.”

Mr Michael said he had attended Tuart Hill Primary School and lived in the area his whole life.

“I ran for council when I was 25 and it was mainly because I thought that this area got a raw deal,” he said.

“Some of these suburbs look nothing like they looked 10 or 20 years ago but the good thing is most of the people are still here.

“The fabric of the people around here is still the same but it looks very different.”

Labor leader Mark McGowan said Mr Michael was a “true local activist”.

“We’re very excited to have David as the candidate for the electorate of Balcatta. David has a record of local achievement and has helped lots of people in the area and created a better community,” Mr McGowan said.

The Balcatta electorate includes the suburbs of Joondanna, Balcatta, Osborne Park, Stirling and Tuart Hill and part of Hamersley.