Amanda Yip is running for the 2021 City of Bunbury mayor position

City of Bunbury councillor Amanda Yip is running for the mayor position in the 2021 October election. Photo by Thomas Munday.
City of Bunbury councillor Amanda Yip is running for the mayor position in the 2021 October election. Photo by Thomas Munday.

City of Bunbury mayoral candidate Amanda Yip was born in Bunbury to two ambitious parents who started the first Chinese restaurant in the South West in 1967.

Over the years Cr Yip has studied, travelled and began her own family in Bunbury 13 years ago.

"Even when my kids were babies it was important for me to be connected to like-minded people and I joined a number of Bunbury committees and boards over the years as a Community member with the kids playing under the table" she said.

"These include the Geographe Crush Wine Expo, City Promotions Committee, Bunbury Wildlife Park, Dolphin Discovery Centre, International Relations Committee and BREC."

Five years ago, Cr Yip started the Bunbury Chinese New Year Festival to celebrate her heritage with the community.

"I have grown up here with the same unrealised dreams for Bunbury that everyone else has," she said.

"Many of us are frustrated and I am feeling very focussed to finally move Bunbury forward to be the City we all want."

Cr Yip's drive to become mayor stems from her wanting to see 'excited and driven leadership'.

"I have a fresh vision and a very clear understanding of what needs to happen and the position of Mayor provides the opportunity to do this," she said.

She said driven leadership would help capitalise on all the opportunities available for Bunbury.

"Local government can address this by collectively switching up a gear so we are all striving passionately for the same goals," she said.

On Cr Yip's day off, she loves going to the beach with her children and dog.

"But equally I enjoy catching up with friends at a cafe for coffee in a sunny nook."

The mayoral candidates are Michelle Steck, Cheryl Kozisek, Betty McCleary, Jaysen San DeMiguel, David Kerr, Michael Southwell, Alfred Leigh, Tresslyn Smith and Gabi Ghassab.

The other councillor candidates are Dr Parthasarathy Ramesh, Tresslyn Smith, Matt Foreman, Ben Andrew, Marina Quain, Daniel Singleton, Dave Chandler, Wayne Chattillon, Mark Chadwick, Michelle Steck, Jaysen De San Miguel, Karen Steele and Gabi Ghassab.