Profiles for each of the 18 candidates are in the same order as their names appear on the ballot paper. This information has been provided by the candidates and neither the Returning Officer nor the City of Onkaparinga take responsibility or bear liability for the content contained within. City of Onkaparinga - Mid Coast Ward - 8 Sept 2020

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RAYMOND, Krystal

I have always believed in the importance of community and the importance of having a voice within your community. My aim, as councillor for the Onkaparinga Council, is to be a voice for its residents, businesses as well as the wider community. My husband and I, along with our two young children, enjoy the beautiful beaches, parks, nature reserves and country side within the region and are passionate about sharing and promoting what the City of Onkaparinga has to offer. I aim to provide support to the young mothers and growing families within the City of Onkaparinga, as well as addressing such issues as youth unemployment, community safety and to focus on the continual upgrades of community facilities. I look forward to being your representative.

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BROWN, Michael

Having lived in the Mid Coast Ward for over 10 years, I have seen it develop and grow. I'm passionate about my local area and will best position it to grow into a fertile place for business, arts and communities. As a councillor, I will echo the voice of the local community and champion their best interest to deliver stronger growth opportunities and a better quality of life. I will leverage my professional public service experience to improve growth opportunities for the local industry and the economy. I have a passion for local music and arts and will work hard to facilitate the integration of local businesses and the community. As a father, I will actively encourage a family focussed community along with recreational infrastructure and activities for the benefit of the community. I would be proud to represent the constituents and be a champion for their views and voice.

Contact details: 0455 062 818

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BHATIA, Shikasta

Shikasta is a lawyer who has lived in Morphett Vale for numerous years. Before commencing employment in the South Australian Government, Shikasta worked in the private sector. Her tertiary and professional qualifications are a Bachelor of Arts (Specialisation: Political Science), Bachelor of Laws, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and she is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia. Shikasta is actively involved in the local community, where she is a member of a tennis club and attends a gym. Shikasta is the mother of a teenage son who attends a local Catholic school and she has always been involved in his educational and sporting boards and activities. Shikasta will ensure quality and comprehensive council services, support small business, promote sporting clubs and community groups and improve community safety. Shikasta is down-to-earth, approachable and provides solutions and looks forward to advocating for you.

Contact details: 0403 328 989

TONKIN Sue photo

As a resident in the Onkaparinga Council area for 45 years, I understand the issues and am interested in what is happening along our beautiful coastline. I was an inaugural member on the City of Onkaparinga, serving one term as an elected member, following a term on the Happy Valley council. My current work in Community Housing gives me an awareness of the difficulties experienced by some of the residents in our region, with homelessness, domestic violence, aging, youth engagement and poverty. I am very interested in working with support agencies to alleviate some of these issues. I am particularly interested in finding a way to make the Beach Road precinct a more vibrant coastal spot, as it deserves to be. My previous time as an elected member of this council proved that I have a strong voice for those who I represent, and look forward to doing so again.

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DE JONGE Rob photo

As a previous Councillor for 8 years, a safe and healthy community is important. I support Community Playgrounds for our children to use and walking tracks for my family and dog 'Buddy'. Hi. I am 48 and I live in the City of Onkaparinga for 13 years with my lovely wife and three children. I support community projects and these include: Christies Downs, Morton Road Sporting Facilities ($3.1M), Christies Beach Witton Bluff Walk ($5.3M), Reynella Playground Upgrade Grant and Young Streets and improving Seaford Meadows footpaths. I completed studies in Maths, Teaching, Building and Real Estate. Workwise, Rob is self - employed for the last 11 years. I absolutely love assisting community groups and listening and helping constituents. My Community involvement has included numerous Sporting Clubs, Community Radio Fresh FM. I am keen to continue leading the community with a common sense and frugal approach. Thank you for voting.

Contact details: 0404 135 357

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I have lived in the Onkaparinga Council for over 32 years, 27 years in Seaford and 5 years in McLaren Vale. I am a small business owner and an active, energetic community member. The business I began in 2015 has been seriously affected by the pandemic so I am now moving online in order to re-build. I am a teacher by profession, with a lot of other management experience. I am currently the Secretary of the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association and a member of the Economic Development Forum. I have a deep commitment to supporting local businesses, building our local economy and growing tourism. Having raised a family of 3 children on the coast, I love and appreciate the pristine environment of our coast as well as inland environments. I will proudly represent the views and concerns of residents and business owners. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact details: 0428 329 730

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PILOT, Alema

Mid Coast Ward has been home to my family for many years. I would be honoured to have the opportunity to represent the interests of our community in which I live with my three daughters and three sons. I work with young people which reminds me every day of the better future I want for our youth and their families. As an active and passionate member of our community. I want to promote a way of thinking involving respectfulness. consultancy, and equality. I will engage our community with meaning and openness. I am an active member of several committees who strive for positive changes in our community. I am running for Council because I want to give back to the community, I call home.

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A local small business owner with a Diploma in Business Management and resident of the City of Onkaparinga for most of his life Luke Munro will bring a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the Council. Luke, his wife Jasmin and their four children have lived in the Mid Coast area for 15 years. Luke's time serving our country in the Australian Army strengthened his leadership skills and intrenched in him the value of service. If elected Luke intends to push for Rates to remain capped at the LGPI for the foreseeable future to help support struggling families and businesses in our community and wants to push for more engagement with the local business community to help them grow and prosper which in turn will create more jobs for our region, and to deliver key infrastructure upgrades to our sporting clubs and Surf clubs. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact details: 0400 668 473

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COXON, Rebecca Jayne

I have spent most of my life living within the Onkaparinga Council area, have four grown children and two grandchildren, all of whom still live locally. I am committed to Onkaparinga's ongoing development as a great place to live, work and raise a family, where everyone within the community's wellbeing matters. I am passionate about the need for Council to have sustainable, long-term, and big picture plans to continually enhance and build upon that, while at the same time being responsive to the changing needs of the community. With diverse experience in various senior management positions across State Government, the private sector and small business, I will bring those skills to Council and endeavour to ensure that all decisions made are based on community priorities, best practice, and are economically and ethically sound. I look forward to serving the community well. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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DEAKIN Jon photo

'The Mid Coast Matters'. This supplementary election is an unexpected opportunity to get the proven Mid Coast Team back together. Last term, I and others, worked with the community to keep the Mid Coast a great place to live, with coastal paths, sporting clubs and a plan for the future of the Onkaparinga River Estuary. Being retired, I have the time and experience to be immediately effective in this important role. I have worked in the private and public sectors and have experience from three different Councils. My experience is complimented by degrees in Commerce, Public Management, Systems Thinking and Governance. I love the Mid Coast and want to be part of growing our community and the Council's reputation. I believe I have the skills to ask the right questions and the knowledge to help others or to help them help themselves. For more information, Mob 0400005978

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PLATTEN	Dan photo

The Mid Coast holds special significance in both my personal and professional lives. My family and I live in Noarlunga Downs and own a small business in Port Noarlunga. For the last two years we have be fortunate to have the ability to invest in the community through sponsorships, employment and environmental initiatives. We are fortunate to live among some of the best coastline the world has to offer and I have a strong belief that without it business and residence will suffer. The council needs leadership in order to improve and maintain our local environment. Listening to the community is part of what makes my work life so enjoyable, and what puts me in the perfect position to have an understanding of how the council could potentially help moving forward.

Contact details: 21 Saltfleet St, Port Noarlunga SA 5167

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FOSSEY, Matthew

As Mid Coast Ward Councillor, my priority is to improve the wellbeing of our community. I will listen to you, and act on your behalf so Council money is spent where the community needs it most. Growth and development are inevitable and can be prosperous, but Council must make development sustainable and inclusive! We need clean and green parks, sufficient sun safe play areas for our children, and social spaces for entertainment for all ages. We need transparent and accessible community consultation about development, and we need to use local businesses to drive the growth and development of our communities. I volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul and see firsthand that community engagement helps people feel safe, supported and connected. As Councillor, I will provide more support for community organisations, venues and local events. Together, we can put the wellbeing of our community first!

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MILEN, Rima Anne

Rima has fought successfully to save Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, Old Noarlunga Swing Bridge and Old Noarlunga Church on the Hill. Rima pushed these issues after others gave up hope. Her passions include equality, education, community representation, environment, health, aged care, preserving culture and community infrastructure, transport and public facilities. An ideas person, Rima stands up for what's right. Her current projects are educational signs around waterways, land revegetation and community engagement, involving increased community facilities. Rima, married to Rowan and parenting two young children, acts in the community's best interests. Her peers regard her as friendly, a fighter, and a peacemaker. Interests include photography, piano, design, gardening, netball, problem solving, completing difficult tasks and persistence. Education includes South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), Certificate IV Business (Financial Services), Certificate IV Financial Services (Conveyancing), Advanced Diploma Conveyancing. Work history involves family law firm 15 years+, Christies Beach, and aged carer. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact details: 37 Beach Rd, Christies Beach SA 5165

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REITER, Joshua

I am a proud Onkaparinga resident, having lived here for the past 8 years. I have worked in public education and more recently have been dedicated to protecting the rights of public sector workers. I hold qualifications in both Business Administration and Government. I have a keen interest in ensuring the delivery of services to our community and local businesses. I have attended many Council meetings, chaired Community Forums, been involved in the running of a Resident's Association and the publishing of a local community newsletter. I bring energy and experience to be your voice on Council. I believe the people of the Mid Coast Ward need a strong, dedicated and committed representative. As your Ward Councillor, I will focus on creating safer neighbourhoods, improving local roads and providing better public facilities. I will be focused and dedicated to the interests of the residents of the Mid Coast Ward.

Contact details: 0438 476 068

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MERRITT, Heather

It has been my pleasure to work with the community over the past few years; eight of those as a local councillor. I am a long term resident and attended Christies Beach High School and Flinders University and one of the many positives I have experienced is the community spirit. I am a strong advocate for the community to have a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle through easy access to parks, recreation areas, amenities and services. This is an area I feel the council has the greatest influence. I am a board member of Christie Downs Community House, on the committee of Elizabeth House Advisory Group, and a committee member for both Onkaparinga Healthy Cities and Onkaparinga Dementia Friendly Alliance. In the wider community I am an area coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch, secretary for The Smith Family View Club, and on the No Australian Dies from Bowel Cancer consumer advisory group.

Contact details: 26 Kyeema Ave, Morphett Vale SA 5162

HAMMOND Alan J photo

I am a person who cares about the community and the environment. And would like to represent the communities concerns and issues as your councillor for the Mid Coast Ward. My personal history:- In 1977, I and my wife and two daughters left Liverpool England to settle in South Australia. For most of the time since, we have lived in the Onkaparinga Council areas. My trade was as a carpenter and Joiner/subcontractor. Now retired with time and commitment to be a councillor. Past & Present Community involvement:- Willunga Community Bus Driver. Presently a Conference member of Saint Vincent De Paul for over 21 years at Christies Beach. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact details: 0404 936 205

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WAGNER, Kristy

Strategic and wise investment is critical for Council now. Diligently balancing the budget between our community's social needs and economic development opportunities that are presented to us is imperative. As an experienced business support manager, I seek your vote with the important community values sought of our Council: integrity, transparency and accountability at heart. Our Council has an important role to play in supporting businesses to stay in our community. We have facilities here to meet their needs now and into the future. The decisions Council makes should be geared towards enabling them to create local jobs - jobs that are needed now more than ever, but that will also be valued into the future. This year has demonstrated, more than ever, that our home and community is our haven. That is why local safety and quality facilities are my key priorities including: local recreational areas and footpaths with essential lighting.

Contact details: 0407 888 661

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I live, work and play in Mid Coast with Lisa, my wife, and our two kids. If elected, my goals are to represent you on the council, invest in our community's future, create and support local jobs and businesses, protect our environment and ensure accountability. I teach at TAFE SA and created the Noarlunga Automotive Program, an investment for local training and our economy. As Chair of the Australian Education Union TAFE Council, I represent teachers advocating for high-quality training for students. As President of Southern Vales Archery Club, I work with the members to increase participation of sport in our Community from club to world champions, including my world record. To protect our environment, I always advocate including sustainable practices including urban greening and green technologies in all council project decisions. If elected I will ensure that all council decisions have input from our community. More:

Contact details: 0479 134 437