Councillor Carey breaks the mould
MOSMAN Park Councillor Georgie Carey (21) is one of three people aged 21 or under elected to councils across Perth after this month’s local government elections.
“When I had a look at the composition of the council, it wasn’t representative of the whole of the community, and that convinced me to run,” Cr Carey said.
The part-time UWA honours degree student had previously been on the council’s Youth Advisory Council.
She said the “pale, stale and male” characterisation of local government could be changed so the voices of a few were replaced by those of “everyone” to produce better outcomes for the community.
Having a different, youthful perspective could break the mould and encourage other younger people to be councillors.
“I hope it shows them that it’s possible that you don’t have to have 50 years of life experience to be on the council,” Cr Carey said.
She said she would like to continue the council’s work on greater use of Monument Hill, with its “360-degree views of the western suburbs” not widely known by many people.
She already has some experience in financial management.
“I have been on the board of a not-for-profit for a year and the board of the WA Youth Affairs Council,” Cr Carey said.
Greenmount law student Jason Russell (19) was the youngest candidate to be elected when he polled strongly in the Shire of Mundaring’s West ward, defeating two long-serving councillors. Cr Russell said there was a mood for change amongst ratepayers, the council should reflect diversity and top of his list was providing a safe place for disengaged youth.
“The West ward has the largest youth population in the Shire and what I’m hearing from people is that kids are on the streets causing problems and getting into trouble,” he said.
At the City of South Perth, Curtin University engineering student Blake D’souza (21) was elected to the Manning ward.
Mosman Park South ward Councillor Georgie Carey looks over the town from Monument Hill.