My name is Karen Wheatland and I am running as a candidate for election, as a councillor, in the Ward Palmyra – Melville – Willagee.
The decision I have made to run for council has not been one made on a whim, it has been made over a decade with many contributing factors.
I am many things.
I am standing and running for the community, for the people of the community.
I am not running for a group, a political party, to run any one argument.
I am a community member, that is a woman, a parent, and an activist.
I am a volunteer, I vote Labor, and I am a union member, a member of the MUA.
For the last 20 years, my union activism has varied.
My decision to run for council has been based around my need to become active at a community level for issues that directly affect us. I want to make change for people in the places that we live, that directly affect us, our kids.
But not doing it as a political move, but as a grass roots move.
We make the communities; I want to make sure that everyone has the chance to be a part of what is happening.
My position on Roe 8 was and still is mixed.
I live on Leach Highway and I work in the Port.
Trucks along Leach Highway affect my work life and home life more than most of you.
If elected, I will fight for greater transparency and accountability, bringing council to the community, and engaging residents more in council’s decisions and debates. For too long, council has been distracted by petty squabbles. I want to work constructively and cooperatively with other councillors to plan for our city’s future, deliver value for ratepayers’ money, and provide quality services and facilities for our community.