Five join race for seats on council

Augusta Margaret River Times
Elections for the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council will be held next month.
Camera IconElections for the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council will be held next month.

A field of five candidates will contest next month’s Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council elections.

Businessman Richard Moroney withdrew from the race after nominations closed on Thursday last week — yet remains on the ballot — while former Margaret River Chamber of Commerce president Peter Griffyn and newcomer Brian Daniel nominated before close of business.

They join Paula Cristoffanini, Robert McDonald, and former councillor Kylie Kennaugh in the contest for three spots vacated by Shire president Pam Townshend and Crs Mike Smart and Peter Lane.

Mr Daniel worked and lived extensively overseas in the corporate sector before resettling in Margaret River.

He has served in a number of roles, including business and trade association groups.

Mr Griffyn served several years fronting Margaret River’ chamber, focused on his expertise in the IT industry, and has been an at times vocal participant during council meetings.

As chamber president, he was a strong supporter of the Cultural Centre redevelopment.

Ms Cristoffanini was rep-resenting the environmental sector, with numerous credits including her leadership of a renewable energy project for the region through Augusta-Margaret River Community Clean Energy.

Mr McDonald is also known as a chalets owner, and co-founded of the Registered Accommodations Providers Margaret River Region advocacy group.

He served on the Shire of Exmouth council early last decade and worked on development projects in the Northern Territory. Ms Kennaugh has a strong background in the business and agricultural sectors, was a Nationals WA Upper House candidate, and served four years on the council before losing a re-election bid in 2017.

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