Find out who stepped up for a spot on Council

Nominations closed this week for the upcoming Local Government Election on October 19,2019.

There are 11 candidates vying for four vacancies on the Dardanup Shire Council.

In ballot order, the candidates are:

ANNETTE WEBSTER

Lived and worked in the Dardanup Shire for 47 years and lived in Wellington Mills since 1990. Worked in the tourism and disability services industries. Served as a member of Council’s original Tourism Committee, helping set up infrastructure and support needs of the growing number of tourist operators in the Ferguson Valley.

IAN HAYWARD

Millbridge resident for the past three years and owner of SportsPower Eaton. Ian believes small business is not adequately represented on Council. He would like to use his business knowledge/experience to assist the Council is progressing their business operations and harnessing opportunities for the benefit of local residents.

JAMES LEE

James is a current sitting Councillor. Dedicated to working for a safer, friendlier and more livable community. Works closely with volunteer and community groups, Neighbourhood Watch and the local police. Also serves as a Justice of the Peace, chairs the board of Glen Huon Primary and mentors in the Regional Youth Driver Education program.

STACEY GILLESPIE

Resident of Eaton for 14 years. Passionate about residents’ wishes being heard. Committed to bringing a fresh vision and vitality to council, protecting our natural environment and keeping the council transparent and accountable for its decisions. I will vote to keep rate increases to a minimum and advocate for a fair distribution of rates throughout the whole Shire.

PATRICIA PERKS

Patricia is a current sitting Councillor. Lives in Eaton, grew up in Dardanup and works in Burekup and am passionate about serving our whole community. Volunteers with ‘not for profits’ such as the State Emergency Service and Gasfield Free SW Alliance. Active on Council in the areas of youth, promoting responsible pet ownership and supports sensible long-term planning for infrastructure.

GRAHAM LORD

Wants to see Eaton become the events hub of the Greater Bunbury Region. Passionate about reducing impacts on the environment, and will work towards a carbon neutral strategy for the Shire. Strongly opposed to the proposed Lithium tailings dumping at the Banksia Road Facility and wants to see sustainable growth taking place to support local business and encourage more tourism.

GREG HOMER

Owner and operator of a caravan park in the Shire of Dardanup while consulting globally on the development of leadership and culture in high risk organisations. Has a desire to help build neighbourhoods that are safe, inclusive, interactive and progressive. Wants to extend support and resources to those who provide a service to the local community.

PETER ROBINSON

Peter has been a sitting Councillor for two terms and elected deputy Shire President three times. He is chair of the South West Regional Road Group and involved in the Crooked Brook Forest volunteers, fire brigade and Bull & Barrel Festival. Peter recently received a WA Local Government Association Merit Award.

DUDLEY GREATHEAD

Millbridge resident who wants to ensure the beautiful place he lives continues to grow sustainably for future generations. To be part of the solutions in taking care of all demographics within the Shire, looking at relevant and practical needs of all our residents.

MARK HUTCHINSON

Long-term resident of Burekup. Concerned Council has continually delivered rate rises well above the CPI index. The current economic climate in particular is seeing many families struggle and would like to see Council become more focused on the ability of ratepayers to meet Council rates.

SHAH KAKAKHEL

Long time Eaton/Millbridge resident and a practicing professional civil and structural engineer. Keen to promote growth, sustainability and resolve infrastructure issues in our Shire whilst having regard for the history and heritage of our community. Wants to see youth and seniors remain a priority for Council and the community.

Expanded candidate profiles and contact information is available on the WA Electoral Commission website.