As the previous President of the Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association, I had the privilege of representing our community for a few years and being a vocal advocate for others on many local issues. I’ve seen at first hand some of the problems with the ways our City and Council operate, as well as opportunities to improve City policies.
To be able to more significantly influence changes and promote a more sustainable local government and community, I decided to take the next step and represent you around the decision makers’ table. I would like to use the councillor role as a platform to keep progressing things in South Ward. I hope that as a councillor I will be able to achieve much more for the community and do it more quickly.
As a councillor, I’d also like to push for:
- Our Local Government being focused on efficiency and delivery of basic services.
- Responsible decision making and expenditure, to keep our rates under control.
- More upgrades and activation of our town centre, to increase pride and safety in Maylands and support local businesses.
- Safer pedestrian crossings, especially around local hubs (e.g. schools, shops) to improve walkability.
- More action to improve recycling services and effectiveness.
- Better cycling infrastructure and bus frequencies.
Unfortunately, existing election rules don’t require candidates (in any tiers of government) to disclose all conflict of interests before being elected. Many times, we hear about our representatives’ various interests only incidentally, when a specific issue is brought to public attention. By then it’s too late for people to change their votes.
As I believe in full transparency, I’d like to provide you with some essential information about me:
• I own one property in Maylands, the townhouse that I currently live in with my family.
• I have a legal degree, a Masters in environmental policy, and more than ten years of experience working for various governmental agencies including WA Police and the Department of Local Government and Communities, dealing with policy and legislation development. I work for the State Government as a senior public servant.
• I’m an independent councillor: I’m not involved in any political party.
I could have easily joined a political party before announcing my candidacy but I made a conscious decision not to, as I strongly believe that State politics should stay out of local governments. As an independent councillor, I will work with any person (from any party) and, if needed, I will also be able to publicly criticise anyone (including our current Labor State Government).
• During the election campaign, I was not supported by any politician and I didn’t do any secret deals with any councillors. As a Councillor, I voted for other councillors to take up higher positions on Council (Mayor and Deputy Mayor) only on the basis of their experience, skills, knowledge, their ability to work with other councillors and their commitment to our community.
• I haven’t received any financial donations, and no fundraiser was organised for me by a political party. As a result, I do not ‘owe’ anything to anyone.
• I’m not connected to any business in the City of Bayswater in any way.
• I have not had any conflict of interest in any of the community campaigns that I was previously involved in.