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State election candidates 2021

By Claire Ottaviano, Melissa Sheil and Sally McGlew


Stephen Price – LABOR

RUNNING on a re-election platform of jobs, education and sport for the Forrestfield seat is Stephen Price.

Having delivered on previous commitments for  sporting clubs, community groups and schools and upgrading local roads and rails, Mr Price intends to do more for the community.

“I will deliver over $5.4 million for sport and recreation in the local area and over $14 million in improvements and equipment for our local schools.”

Before politics, Mr Price worked in the mining and resources sector, as a FIFO worker and representing workers as an elected official for the Australian Workers’ Union.

“I understand the importance of safe, secure employment and am committed to creating local jobs and ensuring children have access to the quality education they need for the jobs of the future,” he said.

Mr Price lives with his wife Melanie and four daughters in the area.


George Tilbury – LIBERAL

HAVING served as a police officer for 30 years, it is no surprise that tackling crime is at the top of George Tilbury’s priority list.

As President of the WA Police Union, Mr Tilbury advocated for more than 6500 police officers and plans to fight for more police presence in the area.

“I believe the eastern suburbs have been forgotten by the McGowan Government and as someone who has lived and worked locally for 30 years, I believe I understand the community and its needs,” he said.

“My no-nonsense approach and drive to achieve results for the people will ensure the Forrestfield district is well represented.”

Mr Tilbury’s local projects include opposing the controversial Hale Road closure to Tonkin Highway, keeping Woodlupine Family Centre open and reviewing planning laws for residents in High Wycombe who had their land rezoned.

Mr Tilbury grew up and raised his family in the area.


Matthew Hughes – LABOR

MATTHEW Hughes believes his 21 year tenure as a school principal, experience as a father to six children and grandfather to nine allows him to inherently understand pressures faced by families in Kalamunda.

“I passionately believe in the power of education to improve lives and am proud that as your local representative I have secured significant upgrades for our local schools,” he said.

Since his election in 2017, Mr Hughes secured upgrades for schools, community, sports and hospital facilities and boosted opportunities for residential aged care.

If re-elected, he has pledged to fund improvements at John Forrest National Park, a police station in Forrestfield serving the Kalamunda district, upgrades to local schools and investment in 30 local community groups

“Throughout my career I never promise what I cannot deliver and I always deliver on my promises.”


Liam Staltari – LIBERAL

THOUGH he is the one of the younger candidates on the ballot, Liam Staltari says his age could be a point in his favour.

“I’m running because, as a community on the outskirts, the hills need a strong, passionate and energetic voice in State Parliament to keep our local priorities on the agenda,” he said

Mr Staltari’s election priorities include tackling crime with a new police station in Kalamunda, revitalising Kalamunda and Mundaring town centres with facilities, waterpark upgrades and investing in local primary schools.

He has expressed opposition to the controversial North Stoneville development site and the proposed logging in Pickering Brook.

“I’m a lifelong local as are generations of my family and am passionate about ensuring this community remains a fantastic place to live, work, raise a family and retire,” he said.

Mr Staltari lives with his fiancé Liz in Lesmurdie.



Michelle Roberts – LABOR

AFTER 25 years in the Midland seat, Michelle Roberts says she’s not slowing down.

Two of her proudest committments are securing the new Midland Train Station and bringing train manufacturing back to the district.

“The METRONET train manufacturing and maintenance building in Bellevue is a phenomenal commitment,” she said.

She has also stood against the closure of Robinson Road, and has requested the level crossing stay open or an alternative found.

The new Midland Hospital, opened November 2015 and the development of the medical precinct and Midland Police Operations Facility in the Old Midland Workshops are also high on her achievements list.

Looking into the future, Ms Roberts said she was targeting mental health and drug abuse through a new facility at the old Swan Districts Hospital site and with new emergency care beds at Midland hospital.


Jo Cicchini – LIBERAL

MOTHER-of-three and small business owner Jo Cicchini says the proposed closure of Robinson Road and homelessness are her top two priorities heading into the election.

“I want to see everyone living in our community, with respect and equal opportunities,” she said.

Ms Cicchini is a member of the Swan and Mundaring Chamber of Commerce and supports businesses fighting for a compromise on plans to close Robinson Road.

“The impact of closing Robinson Road has not been thought-out properly, with no consultation with surrounding businesses,” she said.

“This closure will be detrimental to our community, closing local businesses and increasing the congestion on our local roads.”

Other items on her agenda include better pedestrian access on Farrall Road, more education and training opportunities  and revitalisation of Swan Districts Hospital.



Jessica Shaw – LABOR

CURRENT Labor Member for Swan Hills Jessica Shaw  said she is in her position to support her community.

“If re-elected, I will also ensure local Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades receive funding in recognition of their outstanding work in the recent Wooroloo fires,” she said.

“A top priority of mine is to deliver a much-needed $3.5 million community hub and meet-up space to community groups in Ellenbrook.

“I have also committed $2 million to develop Boongarrup Pool recreation site in Walyunga National Park, in partnership with the traditional owners.”

She said she was committing $630,000 to upgrade the training facilities at Ellenbrook Rabbitoh’s, Charlottes Vineyard Oval.

“I will also commit $120,000 to refurbish the gymnasium at Eastern Hills Senior High.”

Major promises also include $1 million for a dual use path on Rosedale Rd.


Rod Henderson – LIBERAL

Liberal candidate for Swan Hills is Rod Henderson who believes the biggest issue for the State post COVID-19 is jobs.

“The Labor Government has no clear plan for the future of WA,” he said.

“As federal funding rolls off we must set the conditions that will build employment.

“We have a plan for 200,000 jobs that will grow our economy.

“This will embolden residents to support small and local business.”

At a local level in Swan Hills, Mr Henderson said keeping people safe is a very high priority.

“We are committing to an additional 1200 more police and bringing Ellenbrook Police Station back up to full force.

“This is a huge issue that must be addressed to keep residents of Swan Hills safe.”

Mr Henderson said residents had  a right to feel safe in their homes.


Rita Saffioti – LABOR

WEST Swan Labor candidate and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti is very proud of what the State Government has delivered for the community so far in her electorate.   

“We’ve delivered on our commitments at the last election to build New Lord Street (Drumpellier Drive), duplicate Reid Highway and improve local schools such as a new theatre at Ballajura Community College,” Ms Saffioti said.

“We’ve also started building the Ellenbrook rail line, while our METRONET trains are going to be built locally in Bellevue.

“We’ve lowered TAFE fees so more people can get quality training – and we will freeze these fees for the next four years,” she said.    

Ms Saffioti said the McGowan Government had protected jobs and the economy and kept people safe during the pandemic.

“Our plan includes  cheaper public transport fares, local school improvements and roads.”


Dave Nesbitt – LIBERAL

Having lived and worked in Perth for almost 25 years as an engineer, Liberal candidate for West Swan, Dave Nesbitt believes he brings a different perspective and experience to politics.

“My philosophy is simple – our government should be helping to create an environment where real job opportunities are developed, allowing people to thrive,” he said.

Mr Nesbitt said the Liberal’s commitment to delivering 200,000 jobs in five years will bring strong economic growth to WA through small business and manufacturing investment in the state.

“In addition to the big Liberal policies such as 200,000 jobs, 1,200 new police throughout the state to keep us safe, and lowering household bills, there are several obvious community initiatives which my campaign supports and want to expand upon.

“Investing in these projects will make West Swan a better place for all.”

East Metropolitan Region profile

THERE are 47 candidates vying for six member spots on the East Metropolitan Region of the Legislative Council.

All six current members are up for re-election; Alanna Clohesy (WA Labor), Donna Faragher (Liberal Party), Samantha Rowe (WA Labor), Matthew Swinbourn (WA Labor), Tim Clifford (The Greens, WA) and Charles Smith (Western Australia Party).

There are four Independent candidates, including former City of Swan councillor and Shalom House rehabilitation centre founder Peter Lyndon-James, two Western Australia part candidates including Mr Smith, three Greens candidates including Mr Clifford, as well as six Labor and five Libreral, two Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and three WAxit candiates.

Other parties include the Liberals For Climate, Animal Justice Party, No Mandatory Vaccination, Shooters, Fishers And Farmers, Legalise Cannabis Western Australia Party, The Health Australia Party, Daylight Savings Party, Australian Christians and Liberal Democrats

Members are elected to the Legislative Council using a voting system known as proportional representation.

For Echo News readers, the ballot paper will be pale blue.

The ballot paper is divided into two parts, above the line and below the line.

Electors who vote above the line only have to place the number ‘1’ beside the party, group or candidate of their choice.

If you choose to vote below the line, you must place a number in every box and none above the line to ensure that your vote is counted.

Early voting centres are now open in Ellenbrook, Kalamunda, Midland and Malaga.

State Electoral Commissioner Robert Kennedy said the increased number of early voting centres was part of a concerted effort to reduce numbers in polling places on election day, Saturday March 13.

Next week Echo News will feature more candidates from the districts of Kalamunda, Midland, West Swan, Swan Hills and Forrestfield.

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