Meet the can­di­dates

Next month res­i­dents in the cities of Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana will have their say in lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. Each week in the lead-up to the postal bal­lot, which closes on Oc­to­ber 21, the Tele­graph will take a look at the can­di­dates. This week, we feat

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Q Why have you nom­i­nated as a coun­cil­lor and what would you bring to the role?

A I nom­i­nated as a coun­cil­lor be­cause I en­joy the chal­lenge and love my com­mu­nity. Pre­vi­ously I served as a hard-work­ing coun­cil­lor from 2011-2015 in the Safety Bay Ward. I en­joyed my com­mu­nity in­ter­ac­tion and al­ways gave an an­swer to res­i­dents’ ques­tions. We live in a unique city with a large bud­get which de­serves a qual­i­fied, full-time and ded­i­cated com­mit­ment from any­one con­sid­er­ing stand­ing for coun­cil. I will give Rock­ing­ham the full ben­e­fit of my time, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence. Cur­rently I am work­ing for our com­mu­nity, serv­ing on two coun­cil com­mit­tees, be­ing a hard-work­ing lo­cal Jus­tice of the Peace pro­vid­ing ser­vices to the lo­cal police and res­i­dents, plus be­ing a Palm Beach Ro­tary Club mem­ber and school board mem­ber. My qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence have been use­ful to the coun­cil in the past and can be again if you trust me with your vote. Ron­ald Pease

A As your lo­cal coun­cil­lor and mayor, I seek your sup­port to be re elected to con­tinue my work in law, or­der and pub­lic safety. I have been in­volved in this area through my role as chair­man of City Safe and have ad­vo­cated for the in­stal­la­tion and up­grade of our CCTV, the in­tro­duc­tion of smart watch se­cu­rity pa­trols and the Lit­ter­busters rapid re­sponse team. I strongly sup­port the Rock­ing­ham Beach fore­shore re­de­vel­op­ment, which will cre­ate 150 jobs in the first phase. As chair­man of the Aus­tralian Coastal Coun­cils As­so­ci­a­tion, I have lob­bied State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments re­gard­ing sea level rise and ex­treme weather re­sult­ing from our chang­ing cli­mate. I would like to con­tinue this work with other is­sues and be­lieve my ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge can help the City achieve these goals. Barry Sam­mels

A Nom­i­nat­ing for coun­cil was a seed planted a while back and this has grown into a de­sire to give back to the area that I have spent most of my life in. I am an in­volved and ac­tive ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Rock­ing­ham Kwinana Cham­ber of Com­merce and this is a role I rel­ish. I feel that run­ning for coun­cil is an ex­ten­sion of my role with the cham­ber. As a busi­ness­woman, mother of a teenager, and a daugh­ter of age­ing par­ents, I have more than just work qual­i­fi­ca­tions to of­fer but also life skills and ex­pe­ri­ence. Be­ing level-headed and a team player, I am very re­spect­ful of the ex­pe­ri­ence of serv­ing coun­cil­lors, while look­ing for­ward to in­ject­ing fresh ideas and a fresh ap­proach. Caro­line Hume

A I have nom­i­nated to be a coun­cil­lor for two rea­sons. The first is jobs not be­ing com­pleted right the first time. For ex­am­ple the Dixon Road/Man­durah Road in­ter­sec­tion was “fin­ished” for a few months and now work is be­gin­ning on it again, as well as Bal­divis

be­ing a per­ma­nent con­struc­tion zone. The sec­ond rea­son is the lack of youth in coun­cil. As the fu­ture of the com­mu­nity, youth needs to be rep­re­sented and what I will bring is energy and pas­sion into coun­cil. I have ADHD, which most peo­ple con­sider a dis­ad­van­tage in life, but for me it is quite the op­po­site. Hav­ing ADHD gives me a dif­fer­ent way of think­ing, with my mind end­ing up in dif­fer­ent di­men­sions, giv­ing me fresh and cre­ative ideas to bring to coun­cil. My dif­fer­ent way of think­ing will give the com­mu­nity “a vi­brant out­look”. Bray­don Ricetti

A Sev­eral years ago, I went to a can­di­date in­for­ma­tion evening. I then re­searched the roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of coun­cil­lors, the amount of read­ing and com­mit­ment re­quired to do the job well. At the time, I was a busi­ness owner and I knew in my heart I would not be as com­mit­ted to the com­mu­nity as I would want to be due to the im­pact it would have on my busi­ness and fam­ily. As I now work for Coles, I am ready to take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity. I en­joy vol­un­teer­ing and com­mit­tee in­volve­ment and have won awards for this, but the sat­is­fac­tion gained from serv­ing Rock­ing­ham will be my big­gest award. I have an open mind with no per­sonal agenda. I want to lis­ten to and rep­re­sent the di­verse groups within our com­mu­nity and the di­verse needs of each with­out be­ing bi­ased by my own per­sonal opin­ions. Fiona An­drews

A I want to see Rock­ing­ham con­tinue to grow the en­ter­tain­ment and recre­ational ar­eas with CCTV cam­eras to give peo­ple peace of mind to know that they are safe and to give enough choices for fam­i­lies and young peo­ple to visit in Rock­ing­ham. It’s im­por­tant that the ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties are ex­panded for se­niors, who want more lifestyle choices and the ap­pro­pri­ate aged care fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices that are needed. I want to see Waikiki Beach re­stored to its for­mer pris­tine con­di­tion and the whole coastal re­gion to be main­tained both for now and the fu­ture. I will bring a fis­cal con­ser­vatism as I don’t be­lieve in cre­at­ing debt that brings fi­nan­cial pres­sure with­out ex­tra­or­di­nary rea­sons when we should be liv­ing within our means, just as ev­ery fam­ily has to. I want to see se­cu­rity cam­eras in­stalled in recre­ational, sport­ing and tourist lo­ca­tions for the safety of ev­ery­one. Mal­colm Ge­orge

A I am run­ning as can­di­date for the Rock­ing­ham Ward to build on stronger com­mu­ni­ties and bring a fresh ap­proach to our City by en­cour­ag­ing new projects to en­sure lo­cal jobs, work­ing to im­prove pub­lic trans­port for a safer com­mu­nity and pro­vid­ing more ser­vices for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, the el­derly and our chil­dren. Pre­serv­ing man­age­able rates so fam­i­lies are not hurt­ing with ris­ing cost of liv­ing, lo­cal mea­sures to tackle un­em­ploy­ment, home­less­ness and drug-re­lated crimes. Our com­mu­nity sup­ports many in­di­vid­u­als. I want to en­sure our coun­cil con­tin­ues to look at op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port fam­i­lies, job seek­ers and those less for­tu­nate. As your lo­cal voice, I feel I am best placed to rep­re­sent you on coun­cil. I am a highly ac­com­plished and de­tail-ori­ented pro­fes­sional, suc­cess­ful at at­tain­ing busi­ness goals through in-depth fi­nan­cial anal­y­sis, bud­get strat­egy de­sign and sales de­vel­op­ment and ex­e­cu­tion. As a se­nior busi­ness fi­nance man­ager, pos­sess­ing out­stand­ing in­ter­per­sonal, an­a­lyt­i­cal and or­gan­i­sa­tional skills is a given. Mark Foott

A As a small busi­ness owner and op­er­a­tor, I in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity on a daily ba­sis, which has en­abled me to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand some of the is­sues fac­ing res­i­dents. If elected I am will­ing to work full­time on the coun­cil as I have some­thing to of­fer; as I am will­ing to rep­re­sent the views of the whole com­mu­nity when de­cid­ing is­sues in coun­cil, rather than per­sonal in­ter­ests; as I am a strong ad­vo­cate of open and ac­count­able lo­cal gov­ern­ment giv­ing res­i­dents a fair say. Through a com­mon­sense ap­proach, I would be a lo­cal voice for lo­cal is­sues. Also if elected, I will con­trib­ute bi­monthly a por­tion of my sit­ting fees to our lo­cal char­ity, vol­un­teer and sport­ing groups. Ross Petchell

Mark Foott

Mal­colm Ge­orge

Fiona An­drews

Ron­ald Pease

Mayor Barry Sam­mels

Caro­line Hume

Bray­don Ricetti

Ross Petchell

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