Candidates

Agricultural

TREVOR YOUNG

Candidate for Agricultural
Through his involvement in the landcare committee, as well as other organisations, Trevor has built an extensive network of contacts within the Agricultural region. Through these contacts he has developed a broad understanding of the issues facing electors within the region. Trevor is very involved and highly respected within the local community.

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He has been a Shire Councillor since 2005, and was elected as Deputy Shire President in 2007. He has been involved in the Landcare Committee since 1986, acting in various roles (President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and also chaired the Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone Management Committee.

Trevor has previously stood as a candidate for the 2010 Senate election, and whilst failing to win a seat he was still in the running when the last senate seat was allocated. For the 2013 and 2017 State elections Trevor stood as the upper house candidate for Australian Christians in the Agricultural region and while failing to win a seat he was able to have a significant impact on the outcome. Within Australian Christians, Trevor has been a member of the state council since it’s formation, and he was elected to the role as WA President in June 2014.

Trevor is a university graduate, and previously worked as a Licensed Surveyor. He has been an active member of the CDP (now AC) for the past 12 years, and is currently WA President of the State Council.

Trevor is happily married to Jacky. Both Trevor and Jacky are actively involved in their communities – through prayer networks and church planting. They have raised 3 children, who are now married and they are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren. Trevor and Jacky have spent most of their married life owning and running a sheep and cereal farm.

He is passionate about ensuring that the Judeo Christian values that are the basis of Australian government and society are preserved and that our freedoms of belief and expression are not curtailed. He believes that all sectors of Australian society need to be valued and respected including regional Australia for it’s true worth.

LES HOLTEN

# 2 Candidate for Agricultural

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CATHIE KELLY

Candidate for Roe
Cathie Kelly (BA Hons.) has been involved in agriculture for almost all of her life. Cathie is campaigning for a revitalized Wheatbelt; where farms and country businesses flourish, towns grow in size and energy, and the vitality that our pioneers brought to country is restored. Cathie also wants to see our Indigenous communities recognized for their contribution the land. 

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 She has worked as a teacher, chaplain and now helps to pastor her local congregation. Her involvement with shire council, P&C, political party state executive and various church committees at state level has seen her working with Indigenous leaders, chairing public meetings and dealing with local and state issues. Cathie's latest venture has been with the formation of the Wheatbelt Integrity Group (WIG), set up to promote a repopulated Wheatbelt through soil restoration farming, reducing debt through lowered inputs and addressing health and environmental issues. WIG was recently recognized by the Landcore Sustainability Award at the Regional Achievement and Community Awards, 2016.  She is married to Malcolm and has two children and five grandchildren.

DENNIS PEASE

Candidate for Central Wheatbelt
Dennis Pease grew up in Bullsbrook north of Perth (when Bullsbrook was still considered to be the country!), and has lived in Wyalkatchem in the Central Wheatbelt since 1972. He married his wife Glenda (a local girl) in 1976 (44 years ago) and they have 4 adult children and 14 grandchildren. Together they established a Radio Communications business based in Wyalkatchem and from there he has worked throughout most of the Wheatbelt installing and maintaining radio communication systems for Government, Local Government, farmers, and small business.

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He has often travelled to remote areas of WA working for mining companies and Aboriginal communities and has twice been appointed Technical Director of Perth based Communications companies. In 1990 Dennis and Glenda purchased the Wyalkatchem Post Office (LPO) which they still operate. In 1999 they ventured into farming and still enjoy farming with their family. Dennis believes that living in the Wheatbelt of WA is a privilege, he has enjoyed playing cricket and football for Wyalkatchem and has also served as a Shire Councillor. 

It concerns Dennis to see so many of the freedoms that we have enjoyed for so long being eroded away in the name of “political correctness”. Governments are ignoring the importance of our Christian heritage and are turning away from God and from Godly values and principles. Australian Christians offer voters an opportunity to show their support for these foundational values. 

East Metropolitan

MARYKA GROENEWALD

#1 Candidate for East Metropolitan
Maryka is a formidable leader and candidate. She started as an advocacy worker for children in care, lobbying the government for better service provision and support for children leaving State care. This led Maryka to community development where she worked with The Smith Family, and The Community Development Foundation. She was also the National Project Manager for a program she helped to develop, called the School Passport Program. 

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The program was an engagement tool that increased volunteerism, attendance, and social cohesion in schools. Maryka has worked with over 3000 families across Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territory. She also fostered invaluable networks with local businesses, organisations, and governments. 

Maryka remarked “Those were great times – travelling the Nation and seeing change – tangible change. We helped thousands of families through this Program, and my eyes were opened to the gaps in policy at a political level and what happens at a community level. Excessive red tape was a real hindrance”. Maryka has always viewed her faith as an asset and is a strong advocate for freedom of speech and expression . “We all have a particular worldview, mine has always encouraged me to serve and consider others first. I want to see our communities transformed through good policy – policy that keeps families healthy and thriving”. 

Maryka also worked and volunteered in prisons and detention centers. She believes strong communities stem from healthy families and good employment opportunities. She would like to see mental health services extended to support not only the individual – but to couples, families and the most vulnerable. “Familial stresses have a large impact on a person’s mental health. Most people cannot afford the counselling or psychology fees per session”. Australian Christians is the only party committed to putting your family’s interests first. Maryka has volunteered for various youth groups, The National Council of Women, detention centres, and various prisons. 

Maryka’s BA in Community Development and Politics combined with her extensive experience makes her the ideal representative for the people of East Metro. 

She is committed to serving its people, its interests and seeing the region grow from strength to strength. She has been AC WA’s State Director for over four years, leading all WA operations, and coordinating 6 elections. 

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JAMIE VAN BURGEL

#2 Candidate for East Metropolitan
Jamie is representing Australian Christians because he believes it’s policies set it apart from every other minor or major party that will run in this year’s election. Jamie and his wife have been involved and members of Australian Christians for 18 years. Acknowledging the Christian values upon which Australia was founded, is beneficial for all Australians.

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Jamie van Burgel is the #2 candidate for the East Metro area. Jamie has a strong, continuing relationship with the area, he has spent his entire life living within the electorate. He is a father to four children and a husband. Jamie is no stranger to politics, having been a candidate in four selections since 2010 for Canning and Armadale. Jamie believes that having a viable conservative option to vote for is important. Over the years, when Jamie is out spruiking politics, he is reminded of Don Randall’s advice, who initially helped him launch his political career. The advice was “You Talk, I’ll listen”. These values fit hand in hand with the Aussie way of life - giving everyone a ‘fair go’. Jamie is proud to be representing Australian Christians and what it stands for in 2021.

ARTHUR KLEYN

Candidate for Armadale
Arthur has always been keen to serve in the community. He has previously served nine years on the Armadale city council as a councillor. .

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Arthur was born in Armadale and has been a lifelong resident of Armadale. Arthur and wife, Hilde, together raised their eight children. He believes that the family is the foundational social unit of a nation and that the civil government should preserve and promote the optimum conditions in which the integrity of the family unit can be maintained and helped to flourish. He is very thankful for the privilege of being taught by his parents to love God and one's neighbour and also to apply God's Word,the Bible, to all areas of life. 

Arthur has served as an elder in The Church for many years. Arthur is particularly passionate about supporting the poor and vulnerable, the disadvantaged youth, and the elderly. He has been actively involved in a group home for persons with disabilities, a restoration house for men, as well as several years as a youth leader. 

He has served on the local Armadale board of Dale cottages, as well as the Fairhaven retirement village. Arthur is committed to serving the community in which he lives. The Australian Christians have developed good policies based on good ethical and moral values which will be beneficial to all Australians. You can read them on the website. I look forward to representing all the people of Armadale in parliament. 

NITASHA NAIDU

Candidate for Belmont

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DEAN POWELL

Candidate for Bassendean
Dean Powell grew up in Queensland where he completed a BAppSc degree in physics at Queensland Institute of Technology. Coming to Perth in 1970 he began a career in oil and gas exploration with West Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd (WAPET). Dean recognises the importance to our society of an unequivocal Christian presence in state parliament and is keen play a part in the efforts of Australians Christians in making that a reality.

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That career is continuing and has seen Dean working mainly as an independent consultant on projects around Australia and in numerous overseas countries. Dean has been active in his local church during these past 50 years. In the Presbyterian Church he served as an elder, home group leader and Moderator of Presbyterian Church in WA. Since 2001 Dean has been a part of St Albans Anglican Church, Highgate, and currently serves as a Churchwarden and home group leader. In the wider church, Dean served as Tearfund’s WA representative for 13 years in the 1970s and 1980s. Dean has also served on the Board of the Swan Christian Education Association, filling the role of Chairman for 5 years. He has been married to Jeannine for 46 years. They have 4 married children and 16 grandchildren.

ERIC EIKELBOOM

Candidate for Darling Range
Eric is a business owner who has lived in the area for over twelve years. "Being heavily involved in the renewable energy sectors with business interests in both waste to energy and resource recovery has shown me how much of our planet we are wasting - we are not being good stewards of the gift we have been entrusted with".

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Eric is a family man, and has been married for 9 years and have been blessed with 4 young children. "Running my own business over the past four years has also made me aware of the excessive bureaucracy we face, and this must change. I am committed to fighting for business owners and our environment. "I'm not one for giving up or giving in, I believe in fighting for the what is right and fair". 
Eric is also passionate about standing up for Religious freedom, and wants healthy debate restored in our State. 

BRADY WILLIAMS

Candidate for Kalamunda
Brady has been serving the community as a volunteer scripture teacher in Lunch Time Clubs across government schools in WA. Brady is currently the Vice President and Membership Registrar for the Australian Association for Religious Education WA. 

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He is passionate about teaching, and available full time to serve schools as endorsed by the Board of CREW Ministries Inc. CREW Ministries Inc. was set up to encourage recruitment and training of more volunteers to teach Scripture (now called Christian Values Education) in government schools, along with helping writing materials and organising training events to equip those involved in children’s ministry at schools, churches or in the community. 

Brady’s involvement on the Professional Teaching Council of WA provides a leadership and development role for the nurture and enhancement of all teaching departments in all school types in primary, secondary and tertiary education environments. Brady is married to Helen and has 4 adult children: Andrew is disabled and attends work and care programs. Ben, Abbey & Heloise all study/work/reside away from home.

GAYE BURNETT

Candidate for Maylands
Gaye is your passionate voice for Maylands. She has worked as a disability and nursing home carer. Gaye also holds qualifications in fashion design, theology and social services.

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She has been an active volunteer in the community, supporting Victory Life’s community arm and the homeless at Eagles City Mission. Gaye wants to see homeless eradicated in Perth, and believes healthy, strong and resilient families are the key to a healthy community. She is also a passionate advocate against domestic violence, and supports increased funding for mental health and support services for women, children and men. Contact AC to join Gaye’s booth team – electionwa@australianchristians.org.au

ESTER NABATE

Candidate for Midland
Ester works as a carer and has a heart for her community and the vulnerable. She is committed to serving the people of Midland and to be their voice for families, faith and our freedoms.  

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Contact AC to join Ester's booth team – electionwa@australianchristians.org.au

MAGDELEEN STRAUSS

Candidate for Swan Hills
Magdeleen Strauss is a wife, mother and physiotherapist. She has lived in the region for the past 8 years, and loves the people and surrounds. Maggie was raised in a small country town, and moved to the City in her teens. She has helped many families in her role as a physiotherapist, and understands the challenges families face.

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Having worked in private and public hospitals in the area, she has become increasingly passionate about the addressing the social, physical and mental wellbeing of her community. Healthcare should be accessible and affordable for all. Maggie believes human life is precious and it should be protected and valued. She also appreciates Australia’s Christian heritage and hopes to have the opportunity to represent the Swan Hills region, as a young, energetic and compassionate voice for all.

MADELEINE GOIRAN

Candidate for Thornlie
Born and educated in France, Madeleine has lived most of her life in her adopted country of Australia where she studied, worked, and raised a family. Her areas of specific interest are Education, Family Welfare, and the Value of Christian Voices in Politics.

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She holds a Master of Education degree and has worked as a Secondary teacher for over 40 years. Madeleine has been involved in Christian politics for the last 30 years, representing a Christian voice at State and local elections. 

Madeleine has a passion for good education where parents, schools, and community work together for the benefit of all children. She feels her own firsthand experience with families and young people together with Christian wisdom learnt over the years, have prepared her well to be a sensible voice for the well-being of families at a time where other influences are undermining the Judeo-Christian foundations of our nation. She authored a first book in 2019- Christian Drums in the Public Square- as an encouragement for Christians to engage in the public discourse of our nation. 

Madeleine has served in several church committees. She volunteers with her district Youth Care Association and serves as secretary for the WA Australian Christian Party.

BRIAN WARBURTON

Candidate for West Swan
Brian comes from a working class family, and immigrated with his family from the U.K to Perth in 1965. Serving an apprenticeship in Auto Electrical Engineering, he qualified and worked as a private business owner, and on the mines of Western Australia.

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Having worked with people from all walks of life, Brian can relate to many community issues. He also has experience in coordinating and building sporting clubs and Leagues, along with managing events. Brian is an incredible organiser, teacher and communicator. He is passionate about children’s education, and securing help for struggling businesses and families. 

Brian will be a bold voice for Christian values in Parliament, one that spruiks Hope and Respect. 

Married and living in Swan View, Brian and his wife have 4 grown up married children and Grandchildren.

Mining and Pastoral

JACKY YOUNG

#1 Candidate for Mining and Pastoral
Mrs Jacky Young holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying). Jacky and her husband Trevor, spent most of their married life owning and managing a sheep and cereal farm. Both are respected members of their community.

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Jacky has become increasingly concerned about the erosion of ethical and moral values in our society, as well as the decline in Christian and family values which have been honoured since the foundation of this nation. She believes that these have been sound building blocks contributing to the strength of this Nation. 

Married to Trevor with three adult children, Jacky is convinced that strong marriages make healthy families and she will work actively to ensure that no legislation introduced in Parliament disadvantages our West Australian families.

North Metropolitan

LOUIS HILDEBRANDT

#1 Candidate for North Metropolitan
Louis has for many years worked in private, public and not-for-profit organisations, providing leadership and management primarily in finance, IT, systems and business management. He is aware of the current and ongoing demands and challenges to sustaining and growing business. Louis is also a credentialed pastor with over 35 years of ministry in WA.

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He now serves in the role of Business Manager for Australian Christians. As a church pastor, he is passionate about people being authentically taught and fostered into life-changing hope and faith with application of biblical truths to everyday life. Over these years he has also volunteered in board member roles in many not-for-profit organisations with focuses on the homeless, elderly care, local P&C, residents association, as well as churches. 
He is very happily married to Shanthi with three adult children of whom he is proud. 

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South Metropolitan

WARNAR SPYKER

#1 Candidate for South Metro 

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YVETTE HOLMES

Candidate for Baldivis

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MARK STAER

Candidate for Cannington
Staer holds several qualifications in Science, Computer Technology and Applied Linguistics. He is involved in various community groups.

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Mark is passionate about his faith and enjoys teaching scripture. “The Christian values of freedom, respect and human dignity are extended to every person, this is what the Australian Christian party stands for”. Contact AC to join Mark’s Booth team – electionwa@australianchristians.org.au

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South West

LAURENCE VAN DER PLAS

#1 Candidate for South West
Laurence is the Deputy Principal of a Christian school and lives with his wife Johanna and their young daughter in the South West town of Capel.

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He predominantly teaches in the lower secondary grades and is passionate about the role that education plays in preparing these students for a life of service to God and their neighbour. He has also worked extensively in curriculum development. Laurence is a passionate advocate for freedom of religion and freedom of speech, believing that Christian organisations which follow their mission faithfully have been an overwhelming force for good in Australia. He believes that democracy is best served by a public sphere where ideas can be openly debated and discussed, and that the institutional separation of church and state should not be used as an excuse to banish faith-based considerations from public debate. If elected as a Member of the Legislative Council, Laurence commits to supporting legislation which allows faith-based organisations to follow their mission, teach their values and have their ideas openly shared and debated. Having previous employment and volunteer experience with both WA Police and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Laurence is also committed to the proper resourcing of emergency services and community organisations, particularly in regional WA.

JOAN ALBANY

#2 Candidate for South West

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