Old and the new candidates vie for city selection

Bill Evangel

WITH business allowing him more free time, Bill Evangel has decided to run for council.

“I’ve had running for council on the back of my mind as something I’d like to get involved in for a while. I though this year might be the time,” he said.

The East Perth-based law firm partner has been working in the city for some time, first with the Crown Solicitor and now with his own firm.

“My particular interest is the Northbridge area. I want it to become more user-friendly for families,” Mr Evangel said.

“Forrest Place could do with some interest lifting as well. It needs some greening up.

“Any improvement in the precinct areas such as West Perth and East Perth needs to be looked at.”

Mr Evangel has spent a lot of his free time doing voluntary work, particularly in the legal and justice areas.

He is running on a “ticket” with Bert Tudori and John Tognolini.

“We’re actually running as independents but we have a similar mindset,” Mr Evangel said.

“I’ll make the decisions that I feel are appropriate.”

Laurance Goodman

AFTER six years in council, Laurance Goodman feels he has made a difference to the Perth City Council.

“A lot of the policies I set out have either been adopted or are at least on the agenda. But there is still a lot of unfinished business,” Mr Goodman said.

He feels council needs to become more inclusive, less controversial and focus on the problems facing city retailers – particularly in the Hay and Murray street malls.

“I think the Malls need a complete refurbishment – something that’s been on the drawing board for some time,” Mr Goodman said.

He is also keen for special area rates that will let ratepayers help pay for capital works they have demanded.

Mr Goodman wants to see a full urban upgrade of Northbridge from the Urban Renewal Area through to the railway line.

“It will help get rid of the law and order problems,” he said.

“We also need to take a real look at our parking business. We need to put in more short-term parking and make better use of the city’s pavements.”

Bert Tudori

DESPITE a number of disappointments over his six years on council, Bert Tudori says he enjoys the work associated with the office.

He wants to see more Perth ratepayers become involved with council.

“I think the general apathy that’s out there is not very good for the workings of local government.

“But council helps fuel that apathy due to its secrecy. It’s local government culture and discourages people from participating in council.”

Mr Tudori believes the cost of parking within the CBD is too high, and is something that council needs to address.

“The cost hurts the retailers. People go to the suburban shopping centres where parking is free,” he said.

“We also have to stop the drift away from the city by both small and big businesses.

“I can remember the old days when no self-respecting lawyer would dream of being anywhere but on St Georges Terrace. Now they’re renovating old houses in the suburbs and setting up shop there.”

Mr Tudori believes there is a lot to be done.

“Anything can be changed if we have the will,” he said.

Michael Sutherland

AFTER the support he has received from other councillors over the years, Michael Sutherland feels obliged to stand for re-election.

“I think we’ve done a lot of good things in the past six years but there is much left to be done,” Mr Sutherland said.

“I’d like to be around to see Point Fraser get off the ground.”

Council has plans to redevelop the area around the point on the Swan River Foreshore to make it more accessible.

“We’ll probably need to get some private sector involvement to get that project off the ground.

“We have to keep the impetus up to keep the city vibrant and I’m worried we’re not going to get a lot of help from the WA Government.”

Mr Sutherland said council had to look for ways to link Northbridge with the CBD.

“We could put decking over the railway line, perhaps with shops on it. We also need to link Stirling Street and Pier Street – which are divided by the railway line – or that part of the city will die,” he said.

Mr Sutherland is running on the Independents ticket with Judy McEvoy, Laurance Goodman and Brett Wilkins.

John Tognolini

INCREASING community involvement in council decisions is crucial, says council hopeful John Tognolini.

The city resident is involved with the Mounts Bay Village project that has become stalled by the financial collapse of HIH Insurance.

“We need to really look at upgrading the Hay and Murray street malls,” Mr Tognolini said.

“We also need to look at improving the access from the city to Northbridge, making it more pedestrian friendly.

“I’d also like to see a safer city. The community has to accept that young people come into the city but it doesn’t have to accept bad behaviour. Everyone should be welcome into the city as long as they behave.”

Mr Tognolini believes increased promotion of family events in the city and Northbridge will help draw people in.

“If there is something there for the children, the parents will bring them,” he said.

Mr Tognolini said that with the growth of residents in East Perth, serious consideration had to be given to extending the CAT Bus system to there.

He also believes parking and traffic management remain serious issues for council to deal with.

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