As we move towards more digital communications, this month's guest councillor column, previously featured in the Community Update page in The Echo, will now be shared online and across our social media platforms.
June In Focus: Councillor Stephen Fox
"The expression "Work hard and play harder," has been a guiding principle for many of us. Throughout my adult life I have been lucky enough to work and play hard. I have also had the privilege of giving a little back as an active volunteer in our community.
As a young man I was often encouraged to take on responsibilities in sporting clubs. Later I had the privilege of representing the members of the peak sporting body for Motorsport, CAMS, both at state and national levels.
I've also worked and volunteered with the WA Community Resource Centre and St John Ambulance.
More recently it's with great pride that I've been able to serve our community as a Shire of Mundaring Councillor. Yes, it has been challenging, even tiring, at times but I am very glad I made the commitment and was elected by the community to represent them.
Some of my volunteering roles have brought me in contact with state and federal politicians who have willingly given their time to answer my questions relating to motivation, reason and procedure. Their supportive comments and answers to my questions made my decision to run for council a much smoother path.
Thanks to these very positive and supportive community leaders, I'd now like to offer my time to assist and inspire others who might be considering running for election in a Local Government.
Be it time spent in a phone call, responding to emails or meeting face to face for a catch up at a local coffee shop, I am open to answering your questions about being a local Councillor and the process in doing so before nominations open on Thursday September 5 2019. (https://www.elections.wa.gov.au)
For those not ready or willing to go as far as seeking election to a Local Government such as the Shire of Mundaring, there are a number of other very rewarding community opportunities. Try membership of your local volunteer bush fire brigade, who meet on Saturday mornings and encourage community interaction around 9am. Such membership or interaction is a very rewarding experience. As is joining your local Residents and Ratepayers Association.
Contact details for myself and other Councillors, our local Bush Fire Brigades and our Resident and Ratepayer Associations can be found on the Shire of Mundaring website under the heading, Community Directory (https://www.mundaring.wa.gov.au).
My best wishes,
Cr. Stephen Fox
- The June 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting is being held on Tuesday June 11. For full details and to download the agenda click here.