Melville candidates

Mayoral RUSSELL AUBREY is hoping to put an inquiry and a turbulent term behind him and get another term wearing the mayoral chains. He’s talking up the city’s strong finances and top-notch services and says he’s the only mayoral candidate committed to Roe Highway and upgrading Canning Highway.

GEORGE GEAR has been getting stuck into the council since it decided to try to move the Melville Bowling Club and put up a wave park. Mr Gear is a former federal assistant treasurer making a comeback to public life because he believes the council needs to get back to basics after years of infighting.

KATY MAIR is a former mayor on her second stint on council. Famous for her fight to save Heathcote land for public use, Ms Mair wants heights around Canning Bridge limited, to keep Melville Bowling Club where it is and to stop housing developments at the Mt Pleasant Bowling Club and Melville Glades.

Applecross, Mt Pleasant

Nicholas Pazzoli is seeking a fourth term on the council. A thorn in mayor Aubrey’s side, the 35-year resident opposed the wave park and wants to curb building heights in Canning Bridge. He wants to retain the Melville Bowls Club and see greater consultation on parking.

Cameron Schuster is looking to make a comeback after being rolled by the anti-wave park movement last time around. With a business background, he wants to overcome the “divisive rhetoric that currently affects our Council”. Mr Schuster wants Shirley Strickland Reserve upgraded.

Bateman, Kardinya, Murdoch

Jillian Horton says as a clinical psychologist she’s a great listener, communicator and advocate. Ms Horton values open space and the environment, will “keep a close eye on building density and development”.

James Byrnes attended Mt Pleasant Primary, Applecross High, UWA and Curtin uni and has degrees in science and engineering. He says his experience on big infrastructure projects here and overseas helps him spot “senseless development” a mile off.

Duncan MacPhail is seeking another term on council but is hoping to switch onto home turf from central ward. He considers himself a “straight shooter” serving the whole community, not “some pressure group’s narrow agenda”. He supports expanding Melville’s ‘Smart City’ CCTV system.

Tim Barling’s been deputy mayor and is after a second term on council. Mr Barling says he’s “fiercely independent” and will continue to push for “honesty and transparency” while keeping rate rises stay near inflation.

Tony Stokes is a Kardinya newcomer, and an active community volunteer. He is focused on parking and traffic issues, especially at Fiona Stanley Hospital and the TAFE.

Bicton, Attadale, Alfred Cove Ward

Gary Crawford is the feisty former chair of the Melville Residents and Ratepayers Association. A retired engineer, he hopes to “realise the change needed to end the turmoil” on the council. Mr Crawford played a large part in sparking the inquiry into Melville after lodging 100 official complaints.

Leigh Martin runs a financial services business and says the pace of change in Melville means he wants to “share my voice and inputs into the best way for the city to grow and evolve”.

Glynis Barber says she’s concerned about the “haphazard” nature of the Canning Bridge development. Ms Barber wants to protect Melville’s parks and waterways for future generations.

John Watters is a former state athlete and coach, and president of the Booragoon Junior Football Club. He wants “balanced, fair, evidence-based decision-making” and says he’s proudly independent.

Bull Creek, Leeming 

Dante Giacomin is a registered nurse and tennis lover who’s focused on keeping sports facilities up to scratch and promoting activities that promote physical and mental health.

Gavin Waugh has a “long history” of community service and wants the city’s policies reviewed to make sure they value the community and “openness and accountability”.

Jennifer Spanbroek is a company director with a commerce degree. She’s been active in Neighbourhood Watch and wants to reduce rates while improving lighting , safety and service delivery.

Matthew Woodall had been touted as a potential mayor able to bridge the rift between factions, but is only after a second term this time around. He’s seeking reelection to fight for Roe 8/9, more CCTV, and to oppose increases to councillor and CEO salaries.

Robert Willis is a semi-retired civil engineer who has worked for many local governments. He wants to improve transparency, keep rates below CPI, reduce speed and traffic on Farrington Road, and supports Roe 8/9.

Central Ward

Margaret Sanford was a key member of the Alfred Cove Action Group during the wave park campaign, where her skills as a lawyer came in very handy. She’s seeking cultural change at the council.

Sean Ayres plans to “keep our rates low, our communities strong and our base services as effective as possible”.

Souzi Clifford is a motivational speaker, life coach, marriage celebrant and JP, who supports Roe 8/9 while opposing high-density commercial developments.

Derek Ammon holds science and engineering degrees in geology and mining, and if elected will push for a complete ban on all riverfront/foreshore development and high-rise apartments, and strict enforcement of environmental laws (including noise).

Palmyra, Melville, Willagee

Peter Best holds degrees in science and business, having worked in the mines and as a geologist and now runs a local computer business. He values service, trust and commitment.

Patricia Phelan is one of mayor Russell Aubrey’s key allies and a council veteran seeking reelection to push for “effective traffic management, upgrading sports facilities, community safety and wellbeing, and quality parks and tree canopy increases”. Adam Hewber is director of People with Disability Australia and is on a number of advisory panels for the disabled. His “greatest concern” is the lack of consultation before planning new developments.

Ann Roberts is a registered nurse and nutritionist, with a degree in public administration and experience in Canberra. Politically unaffiliated, wants to give residents a voice to keep Melville great.

Tomas Fitzgerald was a counsel at Austal Ships before taking up a teaching position at Notre Dame’s law school. He says he has the skills and experience to keep Melville council transparent, democratic and accountable”.

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