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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East Metropolitan

MARYKA GROENEWALD

#1 Candidate for East Metropolitan
Maryka was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated to Perth with her family when she was 13 years old. For the past 15 years, she has worked with a range of communities and organisations across Australia.

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Maryka 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. 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 effecting change –real 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. “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 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 has enabled her to be a formidable candidate in 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. 

If you would like to help get Maryka elected, please contact the office to join her campaign team.

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.

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.

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

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

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South Metropolitan

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.

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