2021 Local Government Elections

Election Day: Saturday 16 October, 2021

  • There are five vacant positions for this year's election
  • Voting will be conducted via postal vote, with election packages anticipated to hit mailboxes in late-September to early-October

2021 Candidate Profiles

Nominations closed Thursday 9 September, 2021.

The following individuals nominated themselves for election (listed in ballot order):

CARTER, Stewart

Councillor Candidate - Stewart Carter
I live with my family in Yunderup and we can’t imagine living anywhere else. We love living in such a friendly community, engaging in local activities and spending time with people in the neighbourhood. I work as a teacher of students with additional needs and currently sit on the School Council. I will use my experience in communication and negotiation to advocate for sensible solutions to local issues and for ensuring your rates work for you. I support an increase to community safety and security, increasing quality public open space, and the provision of efficient services and programs catering for all age groups from children to seniors. I’d love to make a greater contribution to our community by listening to your ideas and helping to turn them into reality.
Mobile: 0478 487 651


Councillor Candidate - Brenda Beacham
The interests of the community are most important. I believe the future of the Shire of Murray lies with the young people who are the future leaders. At the same time the seniors in the community have experience and expertise that is valuable to all those in the community. The environment and the productive rural land for agriculture with the innovative industries at Nambeelup as well as small businesses, the arts, heritage, and tourism are all important to the sustainability of the Shire of Murray. I have always endeavoured to keep and will continue to regard the community as extremely important.
Mobile: 0439 911 461

Email: cloud.ix@bigpond.com


Councillor Candidate - Stuart Kirkham

Serving on Council for the last 2 years it has been an honour to be part of such a diverse and enthusiastic team of Councillors and I'm now seeking re-election.

I have lived in the Shire all my life currently living in Coolup with my wife and children where I farm cattle. I will listen to community and business needs to ensure that we strategically plan future development and facilities within our Shire. I'm focused on promoting our Shire as a tourism destination and believe we must protect the health of our rivers and estuary systems for locals and visitors alike.

I will promote local businesses and projects that create employment for local people. With some exciting projects already started and planned I'm now asking for your support in representing you for another term as Councillor.

Mobile: 0427 868 306
Postal Address: 742 Fishermans Road, Coolup WA 6214
Email: slkirkham@iinet.net.au

PIKE, David

Councillor Candidate - David Pike

VOTE: David Pike for Councillor

“As your representative, I will work diligently to keep local government accountable & listen to its people.”

My Heart:

  • Passion to help our youth, seniors and disadvantaged.
  • Pinjarra as a major hub for the Murray district
  • Encourage business, entertainment and training facilities into our area
  • Revive Pinjarra hospital as a modern place of health & emergency care
  • Community members ideas and concerns heard
  • Love the country lifestyle; ensure it is kept

My Background:

  • Pinjarra Resident for 18 years
  • Board member of Calvary Youth Services in Mandurah
  • Background in construction, mining & heavy industry
  • Sound understanding of contracts, business, construction & money
  • Capable communicator and confident public speaker
  • Married, 5 children & 7 grand children

Mobile: 0403 958 386
Email: dmjpike@bigpond.com

MCLARTY, Douglas

Councillor Candidate - Douglas McLarty

My current term on Council has seen exceptional progress within the Shire and I am eager to continue working hard to see the Shire progress further. If re-elected I will embrace business growth whilst being sympathetic to our biggest asset, our natural environment. I will push for sustainable rating to achieve the level of service our community requires.

With tenacity and a willingness to embrace new opportunities, I intend to achieve the best outcomes for ratepayers. Good, transparent governance is of paramount importance, and I commit to listening to your concerns and acting in your best interests. Born in Pinjarra and a local of more that 40 years, I have an unwavering passion for our Shire. A husband and father of three, I live and work on our family beef property in Meelon.

Mobile: 0408 090 506
Postal Address: PO Box 15, Pinjarra WA 6208
Email: demclarty@westnet.com.au
Social Network Address: https://www.facebook.com/douglas.mclarty.792

INGHAM, Jeremy

Councillor Candidate - Jeremy Ingham

My key words are sustainability, accountability, inclusivity, cooperation, goodwill and compassion.

Retired since 2015, I am accessible and willing to listen with an open mind and keen to ensure all members of our community have a voice on council decision making.

I volunteer in a schools based mentoring program and contribute to programs that support the emotional and mental wellbeing of Australian men.

I live on Cooleenup Island in the Murray River delta on a property that was bequeathed to our grandfather, Dr Frank Gill, in 1927. "West Murray" was a source of great joy for our parents and we had many wonderful family holidays from a very early age.

I will explore opportunities for improvement in how we manage our fragile riverbanks throughout the shire.

Mobile: 0417 987 932
Postal Address: Lot 51 Murray Terrace, South Yunderup WA 6208
Email: jeremy@wambli.com
Social Network Address: https://www.facebook.com/jeremy.ingham.5


Councillor Candidate - Brad Cardilini

Currently a FIFO worker, born in Pinjarra, married with 4 children, and living in North Pinjarra (Carcoola), I am passionate about community growth, enabling communities to grow share and develop each other. I was elected to The Murray Shire of Murray Council in 2017 and would love the opportunity to continue to serve the people within The Shire of Murray.

I completed a Diploma of Leadership and Management in 2017 and am currently working to obtain at Bachelor of Business Majoring in Management. In 2016 I accepted the President position of the North Pinjarra Progress Association, committed to the people and environment.

I am committed to ensuring that all areas of Murray come together to form a stronger, more resilient Local Government via economic growth and development.

Email: brad.cardilini@bigpond.com

BLACK, Geoff








I grew up in Coolup and I have lived in Ravenswood for the past 10 years enjoying all the great things this Region has to offer. During the last 4 years as a Councillor for the Shire of Murray, I have been involved with many New Developments that will lead to future growth for Region including the opening of the Dwellingup Visitors Centre & bike Trails, The Bushfire Centre of Excellence & Food Innovation Precinct My lifetime of volunteering includes Emergency Response Groups, Ravenswood Progress Group, Pinjarra Loins & Chair for Friends of Edenvale. I am Semi-retired so I have the time and skills to represent the local people living in the Murray Region. My focus will be to protect our River Systems support new infrastructure for Youth Families and Seniors

Mobile: 0427 942 004
Postal Address: 3 Tassell Way, Ravenswood WA 6208
Email: geoffandeileen@iinet.net.au