I value our local community and how we can work together to build the sort of spaces and facilities we want and need.
I am passionate about looking after peoples connections to one another and our to our natural environment.
1. Improved Governance and Transparency
Melville Council has a large budget made up from the rates and taxes you pay. Strong governance is essential to manage these large budgets and community members need to feel confident that their money is being spent wisely and according to community wishes. This means thorough consultation should always occur before any major changes to local areas are undertaken. Unfortunately the recent enquiry into the City of Melville found significant problems with the transparency of and culture within, the City of Melville Council,
If I am elected:
I will be a strong voice for public accountability and insist on honest and accurate information being provided to ratepayers.
I will insist on the Council listening to and acting on ratepayers feedback.
I will collaboratively work with others to create a change in the culture and representation of the Council.
2. Better Community Consultation and Representation My many years’ experience as a clinical psychologist has taught me the importance of really listening to and understanding the needs of people. I would be very open to meeting with you and hearing about the issues which matter to you. I would be honoured to have the opportunity to represent the residents of Bateman, Kardinya and Murdoch, as well as those in the wider Melville electorate.
If I am elected:
I will insist on good consultation with local communities. NOT just the "tick box style", where there is no link between community consultation and Council action.
I will take action on the concerns about the building heights in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre and demand an immediate review of the building plan.
I will examine the duplication of plans which govern parks, reserves and sport and recreation spaces.
I will look into the lease issues currently facing the Melville Bowling Club and insist on lease certainty and stability into the future.
I will talk with community members about their concerns with the changes to Burt Jeffery Park and find a positive way forward.
I will monitor the Kardinya Park shopping centre building plan and make sure it fits community needs.
I will have positive input into developing an enhanced community hub around the Fiona Stanley and Murdoch University precinct, which is in keeping with the ethos of health, learning and community connection.
3. Enhancing Community Well-Being This focus has been central to my professional work all my life. I deeply care about how individuals and families feel in their personal and wider environment. Quality of life includes issues such as road safety, having public parks and spaces to relax in and enjoy, increasing community safety, improving the health of our environment, and having good resources to manage waste and pollution.
If I am elected:
I will protect our public parks and open spaces,
I will look at practical ways to increase road safety and find responsible solutions to traffic congestion
I will also encourage investment in local ideas and industries to enhance environmental protection and waste management.
Authorised by Simon Hausknecht 19 Cameron Way, Kardinya 6163