As local government elections edge closer and closer the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times is looking at the candidates who are putting their hand up for council seats across the lower South West. In the Boyup Brook Shire, there are six candidates who have nominated across two of the wards, with four people vying for the two seats available in the Boyup Brook ward and two people fighting over the one Dinninup ward seat. The seats available in the other two wards, Benjinup and Scotts Brook, have already been filled by sole nominees, returning Shire president Richard and deputy Shire president Helen O’Connell respectively. Two incumbent councillors Sarah Alexander and Philippe Kaltenrieder, both from the Boyup Brook ward, have re-nominated for council. Boyup Brook ward Sarah Alexander The Boyup Brook community holds a very special place in my heart, I have raised children, joined many community groups and made great friendships here. Our community needs positive leaders to guide our Shire into the future, creating opportunities to grow and prosper. I have completed my four-year term as Shire councillor and during this time much progress has been made to bring positive change while still maintaining the character of our community. We are a strong, compassionate and formidable community, we stand by each other and we achieve amazing things together. I want to continue to work with and represent the community to encourage sustainable growth and development of our entire Shire. Philippe Kaltenrieder I’ve been living in Boyup Brook with my wife Claire for the past 20 years in a rural setting within the town boundary. Presently a councillor elect in the town ward, I will ensure a continuity of existing projects and future plans to be implemented in an efficient and timely manner. Presenting myself to you for re-election to your council will ensure my strong support for our volunteer organisations and community-based groups. I am a firm believer in open and accountable council giving residents a ratepayers a strong voice in your local government. Presenting myself to you for re-election will allow me to be your active and positive representative in the Boyup Brook Shire Council. Neil Derrick I have been living and working in Boyup Brook as a cattle farmer and heavy duty mechanic for the past decade. I am committed to supporting local residents, businesses, sporting groups, tourism industry, health and education. I am a good listener and I am willing to represent you at meetings with any issues or concerns you may have and provide answers to any questions you may have. I believe everyone should be represented in some way. I am also committed to an accountable and transparent council by ensuring that efficiency is maintained in reducing costs and financial burdens to residents and businesses in any proposed projects planned for the communities’ benefit in the future. As a councillor I would like to see more growth in industry that will provide suitable and sustainable employment opportunities, especially for the younger generation. Eric Muncey My name is Eric Muncey and I currently live on Lee Steere Drive. I am standing for the town ward. I have lived in Australia for 44 years, Perth for 20 years and Boyup Brook for 24. I was self-employed in construction, I have employed 20 men and ran my own business. I have been a member of Lions club, bush fire brigade and was also an ambulance driver. I was one of the founding members of the Men’s Shed, I also had the honour of serving as a councillor for eight years. I believe all councillors should talk and listen to the ratepayers and put their points of view and ideas to council. I also think it is important to maintain and enhance what we have to offer in our Shire and not waste money on projects that are not needed and are pie in the sky. Dinninup ward Charles Caldwell I would like to nominate as a councillor for the Boyup Brook Shire Council as I feel I can make a positive contribution to council decisions. I run a family farming business and am actively involved in local community and sporting clubs. I am married to Dana Caldwell and have three children. I want to contribute to decisions to help our community continue to improve as I have had great opportunities in education, sporting, farming and friendships here and want to help see those same opportunities continue into the future. I want to contribute to decisions that will shape the future of our community as a whole, from health services, sporting facilities, employment opportunities, Rylington Park’s future and improvement to our roads to make them safer. I am a good listener and prepared to be a strong advocate for issues important to the Boyup Brook community. Lachlan Chilwell Boyup Brook has always been home for me. I was born and raised in the Shire and have benefited immensely from the resources available within the community. From local hockey, swimming, cricket, tennis and now into my adult years a strong association with the football club. After spending many years abroad in places where I gained some magnificent experiences, I have now settled back in Boyup to farm with my parents while also doing livestock contracting jobs. I offer myself as candidate for the Dinninup ward because I believe I can bring a young and fresh perspective to council. Dialogue must be opened up, the flow of information from council to community must be improved. Accountability needs to be high and above all the views expressed at the town’s bars, petrol bowsers, church yards and playgrounds need to be treated with respect.