Councillors

Elected Members

Profile provided by individual Elected Members

Shire of Northam Elected Councillors

Cr C R (Chris) Antonio 
President

Ward: East
Term: 2023

Contact Details:
PO Box 373
NORTHAM WA 6401
Mobile: 0429 220 210
Email: president@northam.wa.gov.au

 

Background: I grew up on our family farm at Southern Brook, and have always been involved in this business, and am currently working in partnership with my brother.

Areas of Interest in Council: I am keen to see the Shire of Northam continue on its journey of growth and development. There are also many talented people and businesses within all parts of the Shire, and, where possible, I will always assist them in achieving their goals. This has been the most rewarding part of both my work and community involvement.

Professions/Occupations: I have a background in Agribusiness Finance, Risk Management and Farm Business Succession / Transition Planning. More recently, I lectured at Muresk Campus for the Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Agribusiness Management Degree and am continuing to work directly with Charles Sturt University.

Committee Membership: Audit and Risk Management Committee, CEO Review Committee, Local Emergency Management Committee and Nyoongar Cultural Advisory Group.

Community Service/Memberships: I have been involved in a number of community organisations in the past, most recently with the Southern Brook Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Northam Hockey Association and serve on community boards including Directions and Avon Community Development Foundation.

Previous Council Service: After serving the community for four years as a Councillor, and the past two years as President, I remain passionate about seeing the Northam Shire and the greater region grow. I look forward to continuing to work with the community and promote all that we achieve together.

Cr J E G Williams
Deputy President

Ward: Central
Term: 2023

Contact Details:

225 Carlin Road (PO Box 66)

BAKERS HILL WA 6562

Phone: (08) 9574 1180

Mobile: 0419 194 161
Email: crwilliams@northam.wa.gov.au

 

Background: Have lived in Bakers Hill since 1995.  Married with 7 children and 1 (so far) grandchild.

Areas of Interest in Council: Improving communication/consultation between Shire and community; ensuring any developments benefit our residents and do not adversely affect the Shire environmentally, aesthetically or economically; advocating for equitable access to facilities and services across the Shire.

Professions/Occupations: Part-time bookkeeper for husband’s (Wundowie based) small business.  

Committee Membership: CEO Review Committee, Community Safety Committee and Mid-West Wheatbelt JDAP member.

Community Service/Memberships: Bakers Hill Progress and Recreation Association, Clackline Progress Association, Spencers Brook Progress Association.  Previously on school/community boards and P&C Associations.

Previous Council Service: Elected to council in 2011.

Cr M P (Michael) Ryan

Ward: Town

Term: 2021

 

Contact Details:

61 Chidlow Street

NORTHAM   WA   6401

Mobile: 0429 960 594

Email: crryan@northam.wa.gov.au 

 

Michael and his family moved to Northam in July 2004 and purchased his home in Northam in 2005. Michael was a Police Officer for nearly twenty years with the majority of his policing career being spent in the Wheatbelt Region. Michael spent some of that time as a Councillor for the Shire of Merredin. He left the WA Police in 2014, to pursue a career in the legal profession, serving two and half years in the Parliament of Western Australia as an Advisory Officer for the Legislative Council. Michael commenced his small legal practice in Northam in 2016 and is very community focused. Michael has been fortunate throughout his career to have gained experience working in all three levels of government. It is with this experience that he wishes to continue to serve the community, as a Councillor for the Shire of Northam.

 

Committee Membership: Audit and Risk Management Committee, CEO Review Committee, Nyoongar Cultural Advisory Group and Mid-West Wheatbelt JDAP member.

 

Cr S B (Steven) Pollard
Ward: Town
Term: 2021

Contact Details:
34 Burgoyne Street
NORTHAM WA 6401
Phone: (08) 9622 1673
Mobile: 0429 685 631
Email: crpollard@northam.wa.gov.au 

Steve has been a Shire of Northam Councillor since 2007 and Shire President for those 10 years to 2017. He was born in Northam and is a semi-retired accountant, having spent his working career in public accounting. That diverse experience gives him a good ability to help oversee the financial, governance and positive directions of the Council. Government and private investment in the Shire has grown significantly in recent years and he is keen to continue to ensure that the benefits of that investment flows through everyone. He and his wife Kathy and I have 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren so creating a lasting legacy for their futures is a key motivation for him.

 

Committee Membership: Audit and Risk Management Committee and Mid-West Wheatbelt JDAP (proxy member).

Cr T M (Terry) Little
Ward: West
Term: 2021

Contact Details:
24 Boronia Avenue
WUNDOWIE WA 6560
Phone: (08) 9573 6201
Mobile: 0437 362 017
Email: crlittle@northam.wa.gov.au

Terry has lived in the West Ward for 47 years and is heavily involved in the community, sporting clubs and previously emergency services. Terry was Deputy Shire President from 2011 to 2017 and has sufficient time to commit as your Council representative. Terry is not a one issue person and will not make outlandish promises, but will continue to push for improved facilities. This includes aged care, medical, light industrial precincts as well as improvements in facilities for kids, adults and seniors. The West of the Shire is still expanding and we must continually plan for impending subdivisions, population growth and the pressure this will put on present infrastructure. While doing the above we must retain our rural lifestyle and country way of life. Terry will do his best to achieve what has been briefly outlined and continue to improve what we already have.

 

Committee Membership: Bush Fire Advisory Committee and Local Emergency Management Committee (proxy member).

Cr R W (Rob) Tinetti
Ward: Town
Term: 2023

Contact Details:
31 Garrigan Close
NORTHAM WA 6401
Phone: (08) 9622 1828 (H)
Phone: (08) 9622 1411 (B)
Fax: (08) 9622 3628
Mobile: 0407 428 574
Email: crtinetti@northam.wa.gov.au

 

Background: Lived in Northam 35 years, married with 3 adult daughters and 7 grandchildren.

Areas of interest in Council: Promoting development and response to ratepayer concerns.

Professions/Occupations: Have a family owned funeral business and is a qualified mortuary embalmer.

Committee Membership: CEO Review Committee, Community Safety Committee

Community Service/Memberships: Member Northam Chamber of Commerce, Nationals WA,Australian Funeral Directors Association, Australian Institute of Embalmers,major fundraiser for Cancer Council WA. On the committee of Northam Race Club, on boards of the Avon Industrial Park, Avon Community Development Foundation.

Previous Council Service: Elected to the Town of Northam 2003 then the new Shire of Northam in 2007 to current election.

Cr M I (Maria) Girak
Ward: Town
Term: 2023

Contact Details:
16 Gordon Street
NORTHAM WA 6401
Mobile: 0400 245 681
Email: crgirak@northam.wa.gov.au

 

Background: Grew up in socialist Hungary, migrated to Australia and settled in Northam 30 years ago. I raised my children and managed several family businesses in Northam for 14 years prior to gaining employment at TAFE.

Professions/Occupations: My qualifications include a Master of Professional Education and Training, Diploma in Management, Business and IT Digital Media. Since 2003 I have been working at Central Regional TAFE in Northam as an IT and business lecturer, also as Acting Business Development Manager and Principal Lecturer and currently as Advanced Skills Lecturer. 

Committee Membership: Community Safety Committee.

Community Service / Memberships: Member of the Avon Valley Art Society

Areas of Interest: I am keen to work on projects to attract investments, promote small business development, and tourism resulting in jobs. I would like to contribute to improving public and road safety, seniors, youth and childcare services and facilities and promoting community wellbeing. I am passionate about the Shire's environment, heritage, culture, and the arts.

Previous Council Service: None.

Cr C P (Carl) Della 

Ward: Town

Term: 2021

 

Contact Details:

81 Duke Street

NORTHAM   WA   6401

Mobile: 0439 457 291

Email: crdella@northam.wa.gov.au 

Carl chose Northam to raise his young family and wishes to sow the seeds now for future generations to realise the rewards. His vision is for a thriving, vibrant and healthy community, where both current and new residents are proud to live and visitors want to stay. Carl recognises the backbone of a strong community is a strong economy and is inspired by the extensive developments occurring within the Shire of Northam. We have enormous potential in our Shire by boosting local business, investment and tourism. He has a strong business focus which will continue to support the sustainable development of the region while maintaining good financial responsibility. It is time to move forward with a new perspective. Fresh decisions will influence positive change for our community now and the future. It is Carl's honour to be your representative as the Shire of Northam Town Ward Councillor.

 

Committee Membership: Bush Fire Advisory Committee.

Cr A J (Attila) Mencshelyi 

Ward: Central

Term: 2021

 

Contact Details:

55 Gordon Street

NORTHAM   WA   6401

Mobile: 0407 773 977

Email: crmencshelyi@northam.wa.gov.au 

Born in Merredin, married to Coral, has 4 children, 10 grandchildren and is building his new home in Bakers Hill. He was a Councillor with Kalgoorlie Council, spent 43 years in state government in Merredin, Kalgoorlie, Perth and Northam, is on land development companies and non-profit incorporated groups which gives him a wealth of governance expertise. Attila will listen to electors' concerns and represent them to achieve fairness and equity for all in the Central Ward and the greater Northam Shire. He believes road and drainage issues need to be resolved and realises the outcomes in the Northam Shire Growth and Strategic Plans. He will proactively promote business and social development opportunities given that the Shire is within the Perth peri urban arc and is ripe for significant growth. Rate charges are limited to less than annual CPI and expenditure subjected to prudent financial management. Attila will bring openness, accountability, independence and impartiality to Council.

Committee Membership: Audit and Risk Management Committee, CEO Review Committee and Nyoongar Cultural Advisory Group.

Cr D (Dave) Galloway
Ward: West
Term: 2023

Contact Details:
PO Box 474
WUNDOWIE WA 6560
Mobile: 0419 989 009
Email: crgalloway@northam.wa.gov.au

 

Background: Lived in Wundowie for 5 years, married with 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

Area of Interest in Council: Advocate for health and aged care facilities, work closely with local law enforcement to assist with crime prevention initiatives, provide close engagement with businesses, sporting bodies and associations for our communities viability and growth for our Shire.

Professions/Occupation: Local electrical contractor covering all aspects of electrical.

Committee Membership:  Mid-West Wheatbelt JDAP (proxy member).

Community Service / Membership: Currently President of Wundowie Progress Association.

Previous Council Service: None.