Goode plans for the City of Gosnells

Published on Wednesday 23 October, 2019


New City of Gosnells Mayor David Goode JP says improving the City’s reputation, delivering key infrastructure projects, encouraging investment and a strong sense of community are his top priorities for the next two years.

A long-time local resident, Mayor Goode has served on Council for the past six years and is a firm believer in using the talents of his fellow Councillors to further the City’s prospects.

“I’m committed to working in a clear and open manner with the 11 other Councillors, who have a great range of skills and knowledge and, as Mayor, I will value and encourage their input as we all make the best possible decisions as a Council.”

Mayor Goode and Deputy Mayor Peter Abetz were both elected to their positions at a Special Council Meeting last night. Mayor Goode, who has worked locally as a finance broker for the past 15 years and within the banking sector for more than 25 years prior to that, said he was very keen to deliver on the City’s four and 10-year plans.

“One of my main priorities is to progress a number of infrastructure projects such as the Robinson Park and Charles Hook Park redevelopments, as well as the Maddington Kenwick Strategic Employment Area and revitalisation of the Gosnells Town Centre,” he added.

“I want people who live here to spend here too – when people spend locally, investment grows and our community can reap the rewards.”

Having served as a Justice of the Peace for the past 21 years, Mayor Goode says crime prevention and reduction has been a large focus of his life, and he wants to use this background to improve community safety.

“As a JP, I have attended numerous court hearings and I have represented Council on the Gosnells and Districts Neighbourhood Watch Committee – although law and order is not a local government responsibility, the City has an important role to play in supporting the Police and Neighbourhood Watch, and encouraging people to be the ‘eyes and ears’ on our streets.

“Events like the City’s Street Meet and Greet are a terrific way for residents to become more aware of what’s happening in their area and I urge people to get in contact with the City to find out how they can host an event in their street.”

Mayor Goode said he was a teenager when he first took an interest in the importance of good governance when he saw how people’s lives and conditions could be affected by decisions of government.

“I’ve always had a ‘can do’ attitude – I like to get the job done and not just think that someone else will do it.”