Candidates answer questions about contributions, aspirations
MAYORAL hopefuls Rhys Williams, Peter Jackson and Mark Brzezinski put their views forward at a public meeting in Madora Bay last Thursday.
Current Mayor Marina Vergone was unwell.
The meeting was organised by Madora Bay Community Association member Craig Salt, who said Mandurah was at a crossroads.
“The election of mayor is really significant and we must decide what we want for our future,’’ he said.
The three were asked a series of questions.
One was their most significant contributions to Mandurah:
Williams: A health project for youth 12 years ago now used around Australia, founding Make Place and breaking through the glass ceiling when he was voted onto the council at the age of 21.
Jackson: Having helped achieve wonderful results as a councillor, being on the board of Mandurah and Peel Tourism Association and a member of the Mandurah Liquor Accord.
Brzezinski: His family had been in the region for more than 50 years and he knew how people felt about the area.
Another was the candidates’ priorities.
Building a united council (especially with a potential six new councillors and Mayor), building a team and making decisions that were doable and made sense and building business confidence.
Brzezinski: Building up the low morale at the council, getting more recognition for its members and making time for ratepayers to discuss problems with council staff rather than by email.
He said he would like the council to slow down a little and “have a good think about everything we do”.
Williams: Tackling crime and building stronger neighbourhoods, job creation and establishing an expenditure review committee to ensure money was well spent.
A question from the audience related to election sponsorship.
Mr Williams said he had used a crowd funding campaign, donations and his own money.
Mr Jackson cashed in some long service leave and described Williams’ campaign as “awesome” although he thought it was overkill for a local election.
Mr Brzezinski said he would not be spending money on advertising.
Mr Salt said despite the three candidates having different backgrounds and being in competition for votes, they all showed admirable respect and resilience under the spotlight.
“We now have a much clearer view about the choices available,’’ he said.
He said Madora Bay Community Association had viewed correspondence distributed before the event questioning the independence of the Association and asking recipients to be part of a personal attack on one candidate during the meeting.
Mayoral hopefuls Rhys Williams, Peter Jackson and Mark Brzezinski.