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Councillor to fight for Bunbury
Picture: Jon Gellweiler Bunbury city councillor Karen Steele, with her partner Martin Garwood, daughter Maya, 6, and son Zeke, 8, will run as the Labor candidate for the seat of Bunbury.

Bunbury city councillor Karen Steele will run as the Labor candidate for Bunbury in the 2013 State Election, pledging to fight for more government investment in WA’s “second city”.

Cr Steele was expected to be endorsed by the WA Labor Party last night.

She will go up against incumbent Bunbury MLA John Castrilli and Greens candidate, businesswoman Mitchella Hutchins.

Cr Steele told the Bunbury Herald, if successful next March, she would work to relocate a State Government department to Bunbury and fight for Government funding for the proposed revamp of the Leschenault Inlet and the region’s cycle paths.

She said she would also push for more State funding in the areas of education, health, crime and safety and seniors.

“Bunbury has largely been ignored by the Barnett Government, much to the frustration of the community,’’ she said.

“Bunbury is the State’s second city and the regional centre of the fastest growing region outside of the metropolitan area, yet Bunbury has failed to secure its share of Government investment from the Barnett Government and the Royalties for Regions program.’’

Cr Steele was elected to the council in 2009 on the back of the Save Our Shores campaign which stopped LandCorp’s plans for development at Koombana South.

She has since been part of the committee developing the soon-to-be- released Leschenault Inlet master plan.

She said helping protect the public open space on the foreshore had been her biggest achievement as a councillor.

“Through my work as a councillor I have gained a deeper understanding of the issues that are important to Bunbury people and the differing views within our community,’’ she said.

“I have a better understanding of government and bureaucratic processes.’’

Well-known Indigenous business woman and mother of four Mitchella Hutchins was announced as the Greens’ candidate for Bunbury last month.

Mrs Hutchins has promised to be the voice for people in the Bunbury electorate who felt unheard by government.

Mr Castrilli, who also began his career in politics in local government, won the seat for the Liberals in 2005.