Former City of Vincent Mayor John Carey is looking forward to his new role representing the Perth electorate as its new MLA.
With 83.4 per cent of the vote counted since the state election on 11 March, Mr Carey leads outgoing Liberal MLA Eleni Evangel with 61.8 per cent of the two-party preferred vote. This represents a swing of 14.6 per cent to WA Labor.
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Mr Carey says his first task will be to advocate for small business.
“For me, it’s being a champion for small business. Consistently, people raised concerns with me over red tape. It’s important for me to support small business in any way that I can,” Mr Carey said.
Mr Carey, a former staffer to Labor premiers Geoff Gallop and Alan Carpenter, is passionate about his local community.
After living in the inner city for more than a decade and working in local government, he has made the foray into State politics.
A City of Vincent councillor since 2011, Mr Carey took over the mayoralty from seasoned local, state and federal politician Alannah MacTiernan in 2013, but resigned from the post earlier this year after confirming he would make a tilt for the seat of Perth in the State Election.
“The constant feedback was that people trusted my record as Mayor, that I was hands on and that I was trying to raise the standard in politics. That resonated with voters,” he said.
Mr Carey is a big believer in earning community confidence through trust and open, accountable governance. As the Mayor of Vincent, he created WA’s first online registers of councillor interests.
On a local front, he founded the Beaufort Street Network, a grass roots community organisation that has revitalised the business community of the street.
He also co-founded the famed Beaufort Street Festival, which has been credited with reviving street festivals across Perth.
Ten years ago, Mr Carey set up the Brain Tumour Association of Western Australia to provide a patient support network after his mother died from the disease.
He is also a devoted advocate of environmental protection, having steered the Kimberley Conservation Project and leading its flagship campaign to create the Great Kimberley Marine Park.
Mr Carey served as a director of the Kimberley Conservation Group for the environmental outfit, Pew Group, for five years. Following his election, Mr Carey has been sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to Premier Mark McGowan.
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