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Holroyd Council West Ward candidates’ profiles

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April 28, 2018 by admin

Name: Greg Cummings
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Political party: Australian Labor Party (Labor)

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? Born and raised in Merrylands I now, with my wife, raise my daughters in Greystanes. I was president of the Greystanes Public School P&C [Parents and Citizens’ Association] and currently am involved with the Greystanes High School P&C. I have been a councillor since 2004, originally for North Ward and currently for West Ward. Serving as mayor in 2008/2009 through the Global Financial Crisis has given me the experience to maintain the strong financial position achieved by council. Resulting from my initiatives in council we now have an annual Workers Memorial Day for families of workers killed on/from their job, and each year recognise the first Reconciliation (May 3, 1805, at Prospect Hill). Other community projects I have

campaigned for include Asbestos Policy adoption and Save our Buses.

What do you hope to achieve on council? Provide for the sustainability of Holroyd by ensuring council’s effective participation in our community services and facilities, childcare, elderly and youth programs, upgrading our parks and reserves and cleaning up our waterways.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? By attending ALL council meetings I can fulfil my goal of maintaining Holroyd’s strong financial position, while keeping rates low and building a sustainable future.

Name: Sam Saha

Political party: Labor

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? My connection with Holroyd began in 2003 when I started studying at the Westmead campus of University of Western Sydney. I graduated from UWS in accounting in 2006 and started living in Holroyd with my family. I am a management accountant, working at the Australian Computer Society in the Senior Management Group. I have raised my voice on behalf of the Pemulwuy residents for high-speed broadband connection at their homes by arranging a petition. I am also working with the locals on other issues, e.g. online booking facilities for the tennis courts, the introduction of electronic locks to access the tennis court, more parking facilities etc. I am passionate about this place and my community. I am committed to Building Holroyd’s Tomorrow to ensure a vibrant and successful future.

What do you hope to achieve on council? By implementing effective budgeting, I will make sure that the rate-payers get the best value for their money while paying affordable rates. I will also contribute in strategic planning, budgeting, forecasts and cost savings initiatives for the council.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? I will work for better services for children and families, maintenance of the council assets, better planning for local transport, aged care and youth facilities.

Name: Ken Morrisey

Political party: Labor

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? I have had 21 years experience as an alderman/councillor on Holroyd Council; I was the deputy mayor for two terms; and one of Holroyd’s representatives on WSROC [Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils], where I was senior vice-president and transport spokesperson. I am honorary treasurer of Greystanes Community Centre and a member of the Flood Mitigation Committee of Holroyd Council. I am also a member of other community groups.

What do you hope to achieve on council? I hope to achieve good dialogue with the community and their issues to achieve sustainable development in Holroyd. As an example, I worked closely with the community in the design and development of the Pemulwuy estates.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? My priorities continue to be assistance to all sporting bodies to develop better facilities for our young people; and assistance for the elderly and people with disabilities; and more foot paving and better public transport.

Name: Ross Grove

Political party: Liberal

What qualifies you to represent the Holroyd community? A lifetime spent living in Greystanes, growing up locally, a passion for our area and the people who live here. You could also say I have a background in government having worked for elected officials in state and federal government, both in opposition and government, but it’s the lifetime of community involvement I rely on most in the chamber.

What do you hope to achieve on council? I want to see our clubs and sporting organisations continuing to grow; a balanced and more consultative plan for Wentworthville; and work to begin on the knock-down and rebuild of the dilapidated Greystanes Shopping Centre. We’ve spent the last term untangling some of the issues holding back the re-use of the Kidseum; progress on the Pemulwuy Community Centre and the nearby ridgeline reserve.

What will be your priorities during your time on council? We need a lean and responsive council that is willing to work across the political aisle to get the best results for our community. If you’re looking for that when you vote, the rest will take care of itself.

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