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Holroyd Council North Ward candidates’ profiles

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April 28, 2018 by admin

Name: Joe Rahme
Nanjing Night Net

Political party: Liberal

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? Entrenched family roots in Wentworthville, a passion for the connectedness of our neighbourhoods and the unique lifestyle our community offers young families.

What do you hope to achieve on council? An appropriate, balanced and more consultative approach toward the economic redevelopment of Wentworthville Town Centre; getting the old and worn-out Toongabbie Rail Overpass put back on the state government’s agenda; improved safety around our busier school zones, such as Girraween; and turning around the perceptions of neglect in the North Ward by providing effective and responsive representation.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? There’s a lot of concern about the impact of population growth locally and I will fight to see new development that enhances, rather than impinges upon our quality of life.

Name: Lisa Lake

Political party: Australian Labor Party (Labor)

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? I have lived in Wentworthville for the last 22 years with my family. I have a good understanding of local issues and a commitment to strengthening our community by ensuring it gets the services and facilities it needs to grow. I have the necessary skills to make a meaningful contribution. I hold bachelor degrees in economics and law and have worked as a local solicitor. Since 2004 I have been working as a senior policy and legislation officer for the NSW government.

What do you hope to achieve on council? I have lots of specific goals. Here are a few: increased resources for the Holroyd Library Service; introduction of green waste bins; ensure the replacement of trees recently poisoned by herbicides in Girraween; improvements to the Hanbury Street Park; more footpaths in streets without any; a council asbestos removal service for small amounts of asbestos; a flower garden project for North Ward; upgrades to Wenty pool; and developing a plan to support small businesses in our North Ward centres.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? Balanced local planning that is informed by expert advisors and genuine community engagement, and a greater focus on the needs of our women and children.

Name: Vasee Rajadurai

Political party: Labor

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? I have been representing the North Ward on Holroyd Council for the last four years. I have a background in financial and management accounting. I am a resident of Pendle Hill.

What do you hope to achieve on council? Upgrade Wenty pool; listen to the local community and act on their concerns.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? I look forward to continue building my relationship with the local community, and listening and working very closely with them.

Name: Jitendra Verma

Political party: Labor

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? I have lived in the local area for over 10 years. I have a son aged 10 and a daughter aged six who attend the local public school. I strongly feel a need to serve Australia with more responsibility and intent. I will use my skills and expertise as a computer engineer and volunteer local sports coach to serve the council with integrity. I have a good understanding of local issues and wish to maintain our area as a place of quality in which to live.

What do you hope to achieve on council? I will work to ensure that the needs, rights and aspirations of the local community are addressed. I believe in integrating the built environment with natural green spaces. I strongly believe in quality education for children as the way to advance in Australian society and will work for improved children’s services in our area.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? Making the needs of our local community central to local planning decisions.

Name: Gregg Ritchie

Political party: Independent

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? My family have been local residents of Holroyd for almost 20 years. I am a good listener and communicator, a strategic thinker and a team player who is able to work with different types of people. As a community representative, I also volunteer as an after-hours JP for St Anthony’s Church and migrant organisations. On council I have been able to use my experience as a building designer to assist the community through my successes in changing council’s policies, that is, the removal of the “Wedding Cake Rule” from council’s DCP [Development Control Plan], reducing the cost of a family home by $40,000; extending the DA consents to four years; and introducing solar lighting to isolated parks to improve public safety. Full details: www.holroydcommunity南京夜网.au

What do you hope to achieve on council? If elected I will lobby to have electronic online services available for lodging building plans, driveway and tree removal applications. I will seek better public toilets standards; more enforcement of disabled parking spaces; closer relationships between sporting associations and sporting field committees; and installation of public bubblers in our town’s centres.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? Not toeing the political line has resulted in me standing for re-election as an Independent so that I can continue to work for a better Holroyd by ensuring that future debate is community-focused and not party-focused.

Name: Rita Maroun

Political party: Independent

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? I have lived in Holroyd for over 15 years and worked as a professional clinical optometrist at the Spectacle Spot in Merrylands. My experiences in the local community assist me in understanding local issues and cultural needs of our area. I have been involved in local school programs that provided free eye screening services and have given presentations on children’s vision. I have visited local nursing homes, performing eye tests and providing visual aids to our elderly residents. I am a local resident with family values. My interests are varied and my passion is the promotion of equal access to eye care and vision services for the community.

What do you hope to achieve on council? I would be committed to improving council services for families, the fair treatment for the retired and elderly and making Holroyd City a better place to live.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? My priority is to encourage a happier healthier community with a renewed respect for work of local government.

Name: Ram Baskaran

Political party: Independent

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? My wife and two children have been living in Holroyd since 1997. I know the issues affecting children, parents, residents and businesses first-hand. I have practiced as a chartered civil engineer for the last 19 years in Sydney, of my 28 years as an engineer. Being a member of the Hindu temple since its inception in the 1990’s, I have volunteered in the development of it in many ways and I will extend the same services to the other religious, charity and non-profit organisations.

What do you hope to achieve on council? If elected, I will improve the traffic and parking problems, especially in and around schools, train stations and shopping areas. I will bring in a quality assurance process in assessing development applications and to council’s infrastructure projects.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? Many sporting and recreational facilities require upgrades to satisfy the end users and I will improve them. The existing childcare and aged care facilities should improve their quality of service and I will arrange funding to achieve this for the young and elderly; introduce classrooms in schools for the special need children; consult with the elderly and look for ways to improve their day-to-day lifestyle and draw their knowledge and time to Holroyd.

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