David Kerr runs for 2021 City of Bunbury mayor

David Kerr is running in the 2021 City of Bunbury council election. Photo is supplied.
David Kerr is running in the 2021 City of Bunbury council election. Photo is supplied.

CURRENT Dolphin Discovery Centre chief executive officer David Kerr will campaign for the position of Bunbury mayor in the October 16 election.

Originally from Capel, Mr Kerr returned to Bunbury in 1995 with his family after studying in Perth and then working in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.

A believer in 'service about self', Mr Kerr said each of us had a 'responsibility' in building a better community.

"I enjoy challenges and bringing people together to solve problems. My experience has been that people will support ideas that are built around a common vision and where they are empowered through genuine engagement, applied passion and continuous improvement.

"I like to get things done and believe that Bunbury is in a unique position, as the recognised second city of the state, to attract investment and build a community that is safe, caring and vibrant," Mr Kerr said.

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Since returning to Bunbury so his children, James and Alex, could 'grow up around extended family', Mr Kerr has volunteered as the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as a board member for various, Bunbury-based organisations.

If elected, Mr Kerr said he would commit to resolve Bunbury's current homelessness situation.

"The most obvious social problem in Bunbury is homelessness that has developed around the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell. Not only is this tragic for those involved but it reflects poorly on the city and stops this community asset being used for its original purpose," Mr Kerr said.

"I will commit to resolving this situation by personally leading a group of community leaders and service providers to co-design a solution with the people who currently camp in this space that addresses the need for transitional accommodation and is sustainable."

Mr Kerr added from an infrastructure perspective, the city needed a masterplan that included precinct developments, integrated public transport systems and increased urban density and preserved green spaces, something he hoped to address if elected.

In his spare time Mr Kerr can be found enjoying Bunbury's many, open spaces as well as cooking, gardening, fishing, socialising with family and friends and reading.

The other mayoral candidates are Michelle Steck, Amanda Yip, Cheryl Kozisek, Betty McCleary, Jaysen San De Miguel, Michael Southwell, Alfred Leigh, Tresslyn Smith and Gabi Ghasseb.

The City of Bunbury councilor candidates areMark Chadwick, Tresslyn Smith, Ben Andrew, Karen Steele, Marina Quain, Daniel Singleton, Matt Foreman, Dave Chandler, Wayne Chattillon, Michelle Steck, Jaysen De San Miguel, Dr Parthasarathy Ramesh and Gabi Ghasseb.