Local government election day is nearing, and the candidates keen to represent the Dardanup community have made their pitches. Dardanup Shire council has five councillor positions available, with incumbent president Mick Bennett and fellow councillors Carmel Boyce, Luke Davies, Janice Dow and Tyrrell Gardiner ready to re-contest their seats. Joining them in the race for your vote are Frank Faulkner, Ellen Lilly and Annette Webster. Mick Bennett I have lived in the district for 46 years. In that time I have worked with different community groups as a volunteer and committees. I have been fortunate enough to have served on council for 26 years, 19 years as Shire president. Serving on council has been both a humbling experience and I am truly grateful of the opportunity. Having been involved in creative sessions where council has set many long-term goals for our community and seen so many come to fruition leads me to ask that you vote for me to continue the excellent direction set by us all in the Dardanup 2050 Vision Document. I am excited about our future with Wanju City and Waterloo Industrial Park being ready to be developed in 2022 along with plans to revamp Dardanup and Burekup at the same time. I look forward to your support. Carmel Boyce I am a sitting councillor and I am seeking your support for another term. I have lived in Eaton for more than 30 years, raised my family here, watched the growth within our shire and our towns develop its own identity. I have had the privilege of serving on council for several terms and have learnt much about the workings of local government and our communities. I am a team player on council and have represented council on various community groups during this time. The upgrade of facilities for all our towns is ongoing and further upgrades are under way with change rooms for Wells Park, club rooms for Pratt Road oval and change rooms for Burekup planned over the next few years. I will continue to to advocate for community development, I’m committed to making our shire stronger and more vibrant. Luke Davies Hi, my name is Luke Davies, I am a current sitting member on the Shire of Dardanup. I bring a young, clear mind and I am ready to see the Shire of Dardanup grow and have the best facilities for everyone to enjoy as we strive to expand on the natural beauty and facilities on offer today. In my time on council, I have seen the Eaton Fair expansion take shape, more footpaths and other improvements to Burekup. The caravan stopover is important, this is a vital part of tourism in our shire and a vital part in the WA tourism ecosystem. I am looking forward to seeing the new suburb of Wanju come into fruition and am excited about the growth it will bring. I will always be a voice for the youth and elderly in our community, sporting clubs and the local communities. Thanks for your time and support. Janice Dow Since being elected four years ago I have worked tirelessly for the community to clearly communicate the outcome of Shire decisions and listen to residents concerns. I would like to continue to be your voice on council ensuring funds are equally distributed into all communities while promoting steady and careful growth in the region. I am independent, committed and focused in continuing to work hard towards keeping rates down as I am concerned with our continual rate increases beyond CPI with compound increase in rates in excess of 40 per cent over 10 years. My focus is on continually finding ways to eliminate waste while pushing for better infrastructure and services. I represent and serve the community by using my life and business experiences with integrity and common-sense approach to all matters. Tyrrell Gardiner I ask for your vote as a self-employed 53-year-old who has been fortunate to live in the Shire of Dardanup all my life. As a sitting councillor, I am committed to putting in the time required to represent electors and make informed decisions for the betterment of our whole community. I have served on several council committees, advisory groups and represented the Shire on a regional basis regularly and wish to continue doing so as part of the team that makes up council. Recent events have shown that our part of the world is a very desirable place to live, work and play. Future plans for the area will continue this preference and so in closing I once again ask for your vote to represent you on council as these plans are realised. Frank Faulkner Born in Albany WA 1948, married to Jean, we reside in Eaton, two children live away. I retired as ship master and now a veteran pensioner allowing me free time with some diverse experience. I see Dardanup as a magnificent area of unique foreshore to rivers, estuary, ocean, beaches, inland terrain, wildlife and climate with a unique community obviously dedicated to conserving this, with our existing good council. I will be keen to listen to the views and represent the community to the council to the best of my ability, to assist securing our future, to maintain and progress what we have. Ellen Lilly Having worked across several different environments, including health, transport, resource manufacturing, mining, construction and hospitality in senior leadership roles, I have extensive business and humanitarian skills and experience. I am known to lead by example, take prompt committed action and make decisions, build and maintain diverse relationships, facilitate and implement change, provide guidance to others to solve problems and achieve goals, strong safety leadership and attitude. I have a strong belief in safe and secure communities that meet the needs of a diverse population, ensuring health and wellbeing, self sufficient and sustainable communities that incorporate good governance for the environment, connected, innovative communities that provide economic prosperity. Annette Webster I have resided in the Dardanup Shire for half a century. Watching Eaton grow from a retirement place for our farmers into the prosperous town of today. I am passionate about promoting our shire as an awesome holiday destination and great place to live having been involved in the original tourism committee. I have raised my twins on my own (now 18). I still maintain an interest in Eaton College as a member of the P&C. I work in the construction and mining industries, as well as tourism and hospitality and I am excited about the opportunities that lay ahead for our youths’ employment within our Shire. I believe more work needs to be done to take care of our rivers. A safer community for all. I believe councillors should be approachable and I would like the opportunity to give back to my community.