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Noel Semmens

A professionally created five-year plan is a essential for the development of a vibrant residential and commercial ‘living city’, says Perth City Council candidate Noel Semmens.

“I give total support to the idea of involving a provisional planner to help implement the five-year plan,” he said.

“Another objective I have for the city if elected is the greater utilisation of the Swan River and its environs in terms of aesthetics, recreation and from a transportation point of view.

“This beautiful piece of water is being neglected. When you consider the Manly ferry is a major form of transportation in a crowded city, and there is an opportunity for Perth to use its waterway for the movement of workers.

“There are too many single drivers on the roads and alternate transport should be encouraged as much as possible.”

Mr Semmens said he would also like to see the level of debate in council meetings to be elevated from its current ‘bullpit’ state.

“I think there is a need for more civilised debate and more good manners in council meetings,” he said.

“As there’s no room for politics, religion and other things in local government, there is no room for the present levels of antagonism and non-appreciation in council. I might be overly ambitious but I’d like to see this change.

Mr Semmens said another of his objectives was to push for the amendment of the Local Government Act to accord owners and occupiers of city rateable property automatic inclusion on the City Electoral Roll.

“At the moment, the Act is illogical and outdated,” he said.

Mr Semmens currently manages a management consultancy agency and is CEO of Crime Stoppers WA Limited.

He has 30 years experience in the tourism industry, including involvement in the establishment of the Perth Convention Bureau in 1972.

Mr Semmens won the 1998 Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award for industry and Commerce.

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