Election wrap - Southern Hills Ward
Read about Councillors Janet Byram and Nick Westwood who have been elected to represent Southern Hills Ward.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 47 - December 2014.
Councillor Janet Byram’s election is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to serve the community in local government.
She will join Cr Nick Westwood as the two new faces in Southern Hills Ward, defeating sitting Cr Frank Verrall who had served since 2006.
Cr Byram, who has lived in Sheidow Park for the past 10 years, said she was excited at the prospect of contributing to Marion over the next four years.
“Serving on council has been on my bucket list for many years,” said the former Army major turned aged and disability carer.
“Raising a family and caring for my parents meant the timing was never quite right but now it is and I’m looking forward to taking my seat on council.”
She listed her priorities as upgrading the Hallett Cove sports Club, fixing local roads as well as “little things that can make a difference to a person’s quality of life”.
Cr Westwood has had a varied career including Commonwealth public service, taxi driving, nursing and currently works as a web designer.
“My varied experience has prepared me for this opportunity of representing the community in the Southern Hills Ward,” said Cr Westwood, who has lived in the Trott Park and Sheidow Park area for 30 years.
He has been active in the community since the 1980s when he was involved in Neighbourhood Watch, the Sheidow Park and Trott Park Residents’ Association and was a community representative in stakeholder meetings for the original Southern Expressway.
Cr Westwood said he will be at the Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre between 7.30pm and 9pm on December 1, January 5 and February 2 to hear from residents about local issues.
City Limits Magazine
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