WITH 21 people vying for just four vacancies, Cockburn council’s elections are likely to go down to the wire. Here’s who’s up.
GARY ALLEN: Co-founder of Cooby Cares, which divvies out 100 food boxes for needy families each month, and with 30 years’ business experience under his belt, Mr Allen says he’ll be looking to make sure all Cockburn suburbs get their fair share of infrastructure, community initiatives help keep the suburbs safe, and some verge tree planting.
ROBBIE BRUCE: A member of a raft of community organisations, the 20-year Cockburn resident lists safety and security for seniors at the top of his list of priorities. Protecting the environment and regenerating native bushland’s also up there along with recycling and supporting volunteer groups like Native Arc and South Lake Ottey Centre.
GEORGINA TAGLIAFERRI: Running a small business in Hamilton Hill, Ms Tagliaferri says the city is going through a renewal and needs new facilities, economic development and safe streets. But that shouldn’t come at the cost of its precious wetlands and coastal assets.
TOM WIDENBAR: An environmental scientist aiming for a focus on sustainable development and infrastructure planning, Mr Widenbar says traffic management, parks, family values and community safety need to be the highest priorities. He reckons he’s dealt with enough councils and departments through his job to know the ropes.
KANDIA ARAN: A real estate agent, Mr Aran says Cockburn’s given him so much since he shifted his family here from the UK that he wants to give something back. Mr Aran was a founding member of the Hindu Temple in Mandogalup.
STEVE BLYTH: Katanning’s citizen of the year in 2003, an award-winning business owner, chairman of the local high school, TAFE lecturer and a biosecurity officer for nurseries, Mr Blyth says his life experiences help him to relate to community concerns.
TARUN DEWAN: Having another crack at getting on council, the lively engineer and proud Lions Club member has been active in a number of community campaigns including the long-sought footbridge between Atwell and Success, high school boundaries and safety forums for seniors. He wants to help take the city into “a new era of growth and development”.
STEVE GREENWOOD: Head of the Hammond Park Community Association, the small business owner says he’s politically neutral and will make decisions based on expert advice rather than minority opinion. He says drugs and crime have become prevalent and wants a collaborative approach to identify and report drug manufacturers and dealers.
RHYS JONES: A low-rates champion who wants to make sure new spending fits in with council’s core responsibilities of road, rubbish and public amenities, he also wants local government to butt out of declaring climate change emergencies or lobbying to change Australia Day.
LARA KIRKWOOD: Looking for a second term on council, Cr Kirkwood says she spends much of her personal time resolving issues in the suburbs, keeping residents informed and organising events. Cr Kirkwood was the founder of the popular Cockburn Chat Facebook page and is active in the Aubin Grove Community Association and Neighbourhood Watch.
BENJAMIN MEYERS: A sparkie by trade, Mr Meyers says he’s interested in the environment (particularly the beach where he does clean-ups and revegetation if he’s not just there for a swim), renewable energy and finances.
KATHY PRITCHARD: A teacher who worked with former councillor Steve Portelli to put together a brochure on how to keep a property safe, Ms Pritchard also proposed security cameras at all exits of East Ward estates. As a teacher Ms Pritchard wants infrastructure that supports children’s development.
CHAMONIX TERBLANCHE: She’s got a string of qualifications after her name (PhD, MEd, MEdStu, BComm), and wants to keep that important one at the front – Councillor. Seeking another term, Cr Terblanche says there’s no issue too big or intimidating for her to tackle.
SHELDON ANG: Reckons Cockburn needs a change of strategy to reduce traffic and anti-social behaviour, make the suburbs greener, attract local businesses and direct rates at “essentials”. As an engineer for a public utility he’s been responsible for developing some big stuff and reckons that’s given him the leadership and listening skills to make things happen.
PHOEBE CORKE: Chair of the Hamilton Hill Community Group and a Save Beeliar Wetlands committee member, Ms Corke wants investment in older suburbs, environmental responsibility and safer suburbs through crime prevention. With a diverse background that includes an MA in Law from Cambridge, Ms Corke says she’s got proven leadership, advocacy and financial skills.
TONY FAZIO: The son of Italian immigrants who’s got a “passion” to serve his country, Mr Fazio worked in hospitality for 25 years before starting his own commercial cleaning business. Mr Fazio os comfortable dealing with people from all walks of life.
ANA FERREIRA MANHOSO: A first home buyer in Hami Hill, Ms Ferreira Manhoso says she can bring a younger voice to council. She headed up Notre Dame’s student association and came away from uni with a bachelors in behavioural science, which will come in handy tackling the crime and youth displacement she says exist in the suburbs.
CAATHERINE MEREDITH: Committed to the revitalisation of the Phoenix town centre, Ms Meredith also wants seniors to have access to the best resources for safe and fulfilling lives. She’s also focussed on Cockburn Sound and Port Coogee.
JASON PINNER: A local business owner who says crime is getting worse and so is the West Ward’s infrastructure, Mr Pinner says he’ll introduce policies formulated on expert advice to tackle the crime and traffic as well as ushering in valuable amenities.
CAROL REEVE-FOWKES: A council veteran of more than 10 years, including four as deputy mayor, Cr Reeve-Fowkes says she’s about keeping rates and debt low, while supporting tip passes and verge collections. Cr Reeve-Fowkes also wants more CCTV rolled out for greater security, more tree canopy to keep the suburbs cool and a new rec facility at Wally Hagen Stadium.
ANTONY SVILICICH: The president of the Spearwood Progress Association has led community issues such as tackling abandoned shopping trolleys and derelict buildings. A crime prevention campaigner, Mr Svilicich says his priority is to increase the focus on safety and security, easing congestion on local roads and the redevelopment of the South Fremantle Power Station for all the jobs that will bring.