Can­di­dates an­swer ques­tions about con­tri­bu­tions, as­pi­ra­tions

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

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.

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