Coun­cil­lor Carey breaks the mould

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Jon Bas­sett

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Mosman Park South ward Coun­cil­lor Ge­orgie Carey looks over the town from Mon­u­ment Hill.

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