John Carey has lived in the inner city for nearly 20 years. He first became active in his local community when he established Western Australia’s first town team, the Beaufort Street Network. This organisation aimed to revitalise and transform the precinct. John also co-founded the highly successful Beaufort Street Festival.
John was elected to the City of Vincent Council in 2011, and he successfully ran for Mayor of City of Vincent in 2013 (re-elected 2015).
As Mayor, John drove a major program of reform achieving new transparency and accountability standards for local government including; the establishment of online registers, cutting wasteful spending and banning councillors’ travel.
Elected as the State Member for Perth in March 2017, John was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Mark McGowan, and later as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Planning, Rita Saffioti.
In his first year as a Member of Parliament, John hosted the Perth City Summit to develop strategies and projects to drive positive change. He has worked hard to implement many of the Summit’s recommendations, including securing a new university campus in the city as part of the $1.6 billion Perth City Deal, a new city swimming pool as part of the WACA redevelopment and working to abolish alfresco fees for city businesses.
In these unprecedented times John Carey is working hard as part of the Mark McGowan Government - which is investing $5.5 billion in the WA Recovery Plan. This investment is rebuilding our economy and providing dynamic training and job opportunities for a post COVID-19 future.