Shadow Minister for Corrective Services; Housing
Member for Churchlands
Sean was born in Perth, Western Australia and educated at Aquinas College. He holds a Bachelor's Degree of Education (majoring in Economics), a Master's Degree of Educational Leadership, a Graduate Diploma of Resource Management, and a Graduate Diploma of Management (majoring in Defence Studies). He is also a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Command and Staff College.
Sean is the Member for the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Churchlands. He was the Minister for Finance; Minister for Mines and Petroleum; and Minister for Small Business in the Barnett-Liberal Government of Western Australia. In Opposition he has held the role of Manager of Opposition Business and the Shadow Minister portfolios of Mines and Petroleum; Economic Development; Defence Issues; Innovation and ICT; Science; Health; and Mental Health. He is currently the Shadow Minister for Corrective Services and Housing.
For six years prior to entering parliament Sean established and operated a successful leadership and management consulting business in Perth. He also has extensive experience in the Australian Defence Force as an Infantry Army Officer. He completed overseas service as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Australian Battle Group in Afghanistan and he finished his active army career at the rank of Colonel. Sean has also been a senior school Economics teacher and head of an academic department.
Churchlands Electorate priorities
Sean knows how to listen carefully, to identify problems, and to take action.
Sean will continue to serve the people of Churchlands with vigour and be a real voice for the community, building on his strong track record of successfully campaigning for local improvements.
Sean and his wife Alyson are proud parents of two young children and he understands the pressures facing families. Sean is passionate about youth development and education and he is keen to continue with his efforts to improve our local schools, sports facilities, playgrounds and family friendly community areas.
Sean has a vibrant vision for the future of the Churchlands electorate area. He is keen to build on his efforts to improve Churchlands so that it continues to be a magnificent place to live, raise a family, run a small business, and retire.
Sean wants to retain the quiet character of the suburbs in which we live, keeping them safe, while energising the commercial areas in which people visit. He wants to continue his work in seeing local schools upgraded with facilities that match the expectations of local residents. He wants to see our local beaches and recreation areas further improved with family friendly amenities, kiosks and cafes while retaining the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Sean supports a strong local small business sector. He sees great potential for existing shopping centre areas and new opportunities for the Cambridge Street and Grantham Street commercial strips to be further enhanced with bustling cafes, boutique wine bars, restaurants and fashion outlets.
Sean wants to ensure that as people reach retirement they feel confident their local area will provide them with excellent public transport, plus health and support services.
Sean is a strong voice in the Parliament, and in the Liberal Party of Western Australia. He will continue to fight for government funding to support our local needs, wants and aspirations.
Sean has worked hard for our local area and here are just some of the local achievements:
✔ Upgraded facilities at Churchlands Senior High School and local primary schools
✔ City Beach foreshore re-development
✔ Trial of innovative technology for shark mitigation at local beach
✔ Revamped skate park and recreation area at Perry Lakes
✔ Fit-out all local school zones with the 40kmh LED safety speed signs
✔ Suburban infill sewerage projects
✔ Strong community representation on local issues
While Sean continues to advance many of the topics listed above, he is also pushing ahead with a number of other ongoing projects such as:
✔ Relieving population pressure at Churchlands Senior High School
✔ Local planning for an aging population
✔ Underground power for West Leederville, Wembley and Floreat
✔ Improved public open space and paths around Herdsman Lake
✔ Alleviating traffic congestion around Liege Street and Scarborough Beach Road
✔ Better aligned public transport routes and services
✔ Improved urban planning policies
Sean remains focused on community service. His Australian Honours and Awards include:
- Returned from Active Service Badge
- Australian Army Combat Badge
- Australian Active Service Medal with International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) Clasp
- Afghanistan Campaign Medal
- Australian Defence Force Long Service Medal with 2 x Clasps
- Australian Defence Force Medal
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Medal with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Clasp