Residents host City of Wanneroo candidates forum

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RESIDENTS will host a forum for candidates to debate local issues in the City of Wanneroo’s South Ward next Tuesday.

Landsdale resident Philip Couper said 12 candidates for the ward and two mayoral candidates had been invited to take part in an election forum on October 1 from 6pm at Olympic Kingsway Sports Club in Madeley.

Mr Couper, who was part of a group of residents who organised a crime forum earlier this year, said the candidate forum would coincide with the WA Electoral Commission sending election packages to voters.

He said the event would give residents an opportunity to meet candidates, who would introduce themselves before organisers opened the floor to questions.

There are three seats being contested in the South Ward, including two vacated by Lara Simpkins last year and Denis Hayden in July.

Brett Treby is recontesting his seat and is the longest-serving councillor, having first been elected in 1999.

The Marangaroo resident said his campaign priorities included “building social value and improved liveability for all”.

Girrawheen resident Anh Truong has renominated, having lost her seat in the 2015 election after eight years on the council, and said her focus would be “putting our community first”.

Former councillor Glynis Parker has also nominated for the South Ward after losing her coastal seat in 2017, and is campaigning to make the City safer, stronger and flexible while facilitating change.

Madeley resident and founder of the Brothers and Sisters Perth charity Siham Carollisen said she wanted to provide “governance with heart, integrity, and honesty”.

Another Madeley resident Janine Wood, who runs the No Limits Perth charity, said her campaign focused on safety, community, infrastructure, lifestyle and youth.

Darch resident Vinh Nguyen, who owns a law firm in Girrawheen, said his focus was on community safety, seniors, youth and local employment.

Gnangara resident George Okulicz, who works in Wangara, said his priorities were community, buying local, safety and sustainability.

Marangaroo resident and event organiser Marino Salinas said his campaign focus was on youth, seniors, socials, sports and community.

Landsdale resident John Cumalkovs, who works in Victoria Park, said he wanted to “give the community a voice”.

Madeley resident Rona Chiera, who works from home and Osborne Park, said she wanted to “reinvigorate, activate (and) empower our community”.

Domenic Caccamo, of Gnangara, and Warren Nel have also nominated for the South Ward.

Incumbent Tracey Roberts has renominated in a bid to serve a third term as mayor, with North Coast Ward councillor Sonet Coetzee contending the position two years into her four-year term.

There are also nine candidates contesting two seats in the Central Ward and six vying for two North Coast Ward seats in the October 19 election.

Visit www.elections.wa.gov.au for more information.