Young gun out­lines in­ten­tions

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

BRO­GAN Mur­phy is so far the youngest can­di­date to stand for mayor in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions on Oc­to­ber 21.

The 25-year-old, who re­cently grad­u­ated from ECU with a Bach­e­lor of Arts in his­tory and pol­i­tics, said “youth should not be a de­ci­sive fac­tor”.

“Ev­ery­body has to start some­where and no coun­cil­lor or mayor is pre­pared from day one,” he said.

“I am ready to hit the ground run­ning.

“I will work with and learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence of the cur­rent coun­cil and I will re­main hum­ble and ac­count­able to the res­i­dents of Joon­dalup.”

Mr Mur­phy said voter turnout in lo­cal elec­tions was “dis­mal, es­pe­cially among younger vot­ers” and he wanted to “try to en­gage the silent ma­jor­ity who would usu­ally slip the bal­lot in the bin”.

“I have grand­par­ents, par­ents and younger sib­lings liv­ing in Joon­dalup and I want to en­sure ev­ery­body can ex­pe­ri­ence the most from the City of Joon­dalup,” he said.

“I be­lieve we need to rein­vig­o­rate the City of Joon­dalup as a bold, cre­ative and pros­per­ous city and not just a shop­ping mall.”

He said small busi­ness and jobs were a pri­or­ity and he would also like to “re-ex­am­ine the bulk rub­bish sit­u­a­tion as well as the ban on verge pavers”.

“While I do be­lieve cul­ture and arts is sorely needed in Joon­dalup, I don’t be­lieve build­ing the per­form­ing arts cen­tre is the best ap­proach with its drain on funds be­ing shifted to ratepay­ers.

“How­ever, if there is over­whelm­ing pub­lic de­mand then I would re­assess my po­si­tion.”

Bro­gan Mur­phy will run for Joon­dalup mayor.

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