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Holroyd Council East Ward candidates’ profiles

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April 28, 2018 by admin

Name: Peter Monaghan
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Political party: ALP (Australian Labor Party)

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? I was born and raised in Merrylands and I raised a family as a single parent in Merrylands. I am an active and passionate community member, being nominated for Citizen of the Year in 2007 for Services to the Community. I have been a councillor representing the ward for two non-consecutive terms, serving as a councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor. I have an excellent attendance rate (98 per cent) at ordinary meetings, confidential closed meetings and committee meetings. I founded PetFest and have been instrumental in founding and promoting other community projects, that is, Asbestos Policy and Save our Buses.

What do you hope to achieve on council? Improve our roads, footpaths, and street lighting. Improve our parks and reserves and clean up our waterways.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? Attending all council meetings and committee meetings, thus ensuring any views or concerns of the residents are considered in any decision council makes. Also, ensuring that our council services be improved and expanded and not outsourced, or privatised.

Name: Balaji Venkatarangan

Political party: Labor

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? I am an active community leader and father of a young family living in the Holroyd area. My passions are for the arts, our cultural diversity and encouraging children in our community to take an interest in the arts and their cultures. I have been involved in voluntary service for 15 years in the Holroyd community.

What do you hope to achieve on council? I hope to benefit our community by representing our diverse community cultures for the betterment of Holroyd. I would hope to attract big events to Holroyd, similar to the events held at Parramatta which will greatly benefit local business. Our team is also hoping to improve our roads, footpaths, and street lighting and improve our parks and reserves, and clean up our waterways.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? My priorities are improved sporting facilities for youth and children; ensuring the needs of elderly and disabled people are taken into account; and improving the condition of our roads and footpaths. I will ensure that I attend all council meetings.

Name: Sandra Kaltoum

Political party: Labor

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? I am a young law and economics student with fresh ideas. I am motivated about bringing necessary improvements to the Holroyd area and ensuring that the council is made more accessible to all residents.

What do you hope to achieve on council? I hope to improve the appearance of Holroyd by eliminating graffiti, improving lighting and investing in our parks and nature reserves. I hope to improve the condition of our roads and attract greater employment opportunities for residents within the local area.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? My priority on council will be to ensure that local residents are properly represented and that their concerns are adequately considered by councillors. The Labor team is local, energetic and committed to Holroyd’s future.

Name: Michael Zaiter

Political party: Liberal

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? Raising a family in the local area gives me an insight into the changing needs of our community. I’ve set up a local accounting practice and before I went into business for myself I spent three years auditing local councils. With a $640k carbon tax bill due this year, the ratepayers are going to want a council that guarantees value for each dollar the ratepayer signs over to us.

What do you hope to achieve on council? I understand the Jones Street Park Committee have some ambitious plans to upgrade their fields and I’d like to open a dialogue with them and the Liberal voices on council to help bring that around. There’s also a report pending into how council is going to fund the future of our swimming pools and I’d be keen to see how we can boost the provision of hydrotherapy for our ageing population as part of the plan.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? Solid budgeting and the continuing evolution of service delivery to meet the needs of our changing population.

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