Sib­ling first for City

Pinjarra Murray Times - - #SNAPPERTH -

IN what is a first for Mandurah, two brothers will have seats at the City of Mandurah coun­cil ta­ble.

But there will not be any sib­ling ri­valry be­tween Coun­cil­lors Peter and Matt Rogers over the next few years.

It was Peter who in­spired Matt to run for Mandurah coun­cil.

“Our fam­ily wasn’t, and still isn’t, very po­lit­i­cal,” Matt said.

“How­ever, our par­ents al­ways en­cour­aged us to be ac­tive and in­volved in our com­mu­nity through sport­ing groups, the­atre, scouts and vol­un­teer­ing.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, grow­ing up in a house­hold with par­ents who are teach­ers, we were al­ways en­cour­aged to have opin­ions and con­ver­sa­tions about is­sues in our com­mu­nity from a young age.”

Matt said it was din­ing room con­ver­sa­tions which led him to study city plan­ning and Peter law, which even­tu­ally led to them both run­ning for Coun­cil.

Peter said their par­ents were both ex­cited to hear Matt had been elected.

The sib­lings have spent most of their lives liv­ing in Mandurah and both have a pos­i­tive vi­sion for the city.

“We fought on oc­ca­sions grow­ing up, like most brothers, and there is still a good­na­tured sib­ling ri­valry, but Peter and I are com­mit­ted when it comes to work­ing to­gether on Coun­cil,” Matt said.

“Coun­cil­lors don’t al­ways agree on ev­ery is­sue, and I’m sure Matthew and I will have in­stances where we vote dif­fer­ent ways,” Peter said.

“That’s a good thing, be­cause it shows that all elected mem­bers on this coun­cil have their own unique, strong voice to bring to the cham­ber – Matthew and I are no ex­cep­tion to that.

“More im­por­tantly though, I’ve never seen a coun­cil so united in vi­sion, di­rec­tion and pos­i­tive as­pi­ra­tion for our beau­ti­ful City; ex­cit­ing times are ahead in Mandurah’s fu­ture.”

Peter does not want to re­main on Coun­cil for­ever and said the day he is not bring­ing new ideas to Coun­cil, “is the day another mem­ber of the com­mu­nity should run”.

Both agree that Mandurah and the re­gion’s big­gest is­sue is jobs and un­em­ploy­ment.

The brothers ad­dressed their youth – Matt is 25 years old and Peter 28.

“I am sure some peo­ple may judge you neg­a­tively on your age,” Matt said.

“I think as more young peo­ple are putting their hands up for Coun­cil, it is be­com­ing less of an is­sue.”

Peter said as long as some­one has the en­ergy, drive and pas­sion to be a coun­cil­lor, then age shouldn’t mat­ter.

Crs Peter and Matt Rogers.

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