The role of the Mayor

The Mayor is the leader of the Council and has a number of roles which are both legislative and functional. The legislative requirements are outlined in Section 2.8 of Local Government Act 1995.

The Act states that the Mayor not only takes precedence at all municipal proceedings within the municipality but must also take the chair at all meetings of the Council at which he or she is present.

The Mayor’s role, however, extends well beyond officiating at council meetings or other municipal proceedings. Additional important roles are providing leadership, promoting positive relationships, and modelling good governance.

Role of Councillor

The role of Councillor, as set out in section 2.10 of the Act is to:

  • represent the interests of electors, ratepayers and residents of the district;
  • provide leadership and guidance to the community in the district;
  • facilitates communication between the community and the Council;
  • participates in the local government’s decision making processes at Council and committee meetings; and
  • performs such other functions as are given to a Councillor by this Act or any other written law.

New Ward Boundaries

Following the review of ward boundaries undertaken in 2022, the City of Mandurah has received notification that the Governor has made an order on the recommendation of the Minister for Local Government to amend the boundaries for the City’s four wards.

This change will be implemented for the 2023 local government elections.

Please see the new Ward Boundaries to take effect on 21 October:

View new Ward Boundaries - Coastal, East, North and Town Wards

For further information place contact Governance Services or read the full report that went to Council.

Elected members

Mayor Rhys Williams

Mayor Rhys Williams

Mayor Rhys Williams was elected in 2017 as one of the youngest Mayors in West Australian history, and is a passionate advocate for addressing social and economic disadvantage.

At the age of 17, Mayor Williams founded a youth development charity, and over the period of a decade, led a number of initiatives focused on the capacity building of young West Australians. For this work, he was recognised in 2015 as the Young West Australian of the Year.

Mayor Williams’ passion for facilitating community-led solutions to address local social and economic challenges has seen him work with more than 100 communities across Australia, as well as assignments in Cambodia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

In his role as Mayor, Rhys is working with his team to deliver a transformational agenda for the City of Mandurah, with a strong focus on economic diversification, community wellbeing and enhancing community pride and aspiration.

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Phone: 9550 3714 or 9550 3777


Term of Office: 2021 - 2025

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Cr Bob Pond

Councillor Bob Pond

Qualified in environmental management Cr Pond works in the region, and was elected to Council in October 2021. His priorities lie with good decision-making as well as maintaining and enhancing our waterways and lifestyle.

A Falcon resident for 22 years, Cr Pond raised his family in Mandurah, and has contributed to the community through a decade with junior soccer and over 20 years with the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council.

Operating a successful bed and breakfast in Falcon with his partner, Cr Pond has gained significant knowledge in the effort required to operate a small business.

Councillor Pond is keen to ensure the City continues to govern the community well, ensuring citizens are secure with opportunity, and Mandurah is the best it can possibly be.

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Phone: 0416 280 094


Term of Office: 2021 - 2025



Councillor Jess Smith

Cr Jess Smith is an esteemed member of the community, deeply committed to the betterment of Mandurah and its residents. With a decade-long career as a practicing paramedic, she brings invaluable experience and a profound understanding of public health and safety issues to her role as an Elected Member. Alongside her husband and young son, Cr Smith is an active participant in various community initiatives, particularly within the Coastal Ward, where she resides.

Cr Smiths' decision to serve as an Elected Member stems from her unwavering belief in the importance of local representation that truly mirrors the values and needs of the community. She recognises firsthand the challenges faced by working parents, families, and seniors in our area, and is dedicated to addressing these issues head-on.

Key Priorities:

  • Improving Senior Health Outcomes: Cr Smith is determined to prioritise the urgent need for better health outcomes for seniors in our community. Drawing upon her background in healthcare, she aims to implement targeted initiatives and support services to enhance the well-being of our elderly residents.
  • Enhancing Neighbourhood Safety: Ensuring the safety and security of our neighbourhoods is a top priority for Cr Smith. Through collaboration with local law enforcement and community stakeholders, she seeks to implement effective strategies to tackle crime and create safer environments for all residents.
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Development: With Mandurah experiencing growth in its population, Cr Smith recognises the importance of maintaining and expanding local infrastructure to meet the needs of our evolving community. She is committed to overseeing responsible and sustainable development that prioritizes the long-term interests of residents.

With a Bachelor of Science degree and running her own small business, Cr Smith showcases her academic acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. Her passion for serving her community, coupled with her energy and dedication, makes her well-equipped to represent the interests of Mandurah residents effectively.

Cr Smiths’ vision for Mandurah is one of prosperity and inclusivity. She is deeply invested in ensuring that our city flourishes, offering opportunities for all residents to thrive and contribute to its vibrant tapestry.

Positions held on Committees:

Council’s Planning and Community Consultation Committee
Mandurah Local Emergency Management Advisory Committee
Mandurah Bush Fire Advisory Committee
Mandurah Australia Day Awards Selection Panel
City of Mandurah, Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee

Phone: 0447 667 913


Term of Office: 2023 - 2027



Councillor Jacob Cumberworth

Phone: 0458 916 243


Term of Office: 2023 - 2027


Cr Amber Kearns

Councillor Amber Kearns

Elected in 2021 as City Councillor East Ward, Cr Kearns was the recipient of the Jacqui Dodd Scholarship in 2022 and has completed Diploma in Local Government (WALGA).

Through lived experience and her professional career, Cr Kearns is acutely aware of the multifaceted issues arising from generational trauma, addiction, and the poverty cycle.

Cr Kearns continues to share her experience as a voluntary board member for several local support agencies including Allambee Counselling, Peel Community Kitchen and WestAus Crisis & Welfare Services.

Additionally, as a School Chaplain at Mandurah Primary School and an active board member for Greenfields Primary School and John Tonkin College, Cr Kearns continues to work collaboratively with our education community to see positive outcomes for our youth.

Official City of Mandurah roles include participation on a number of panels and advisory committees including The Local Emergency Management Committee, WALGA Zone Delegate, Audit and Risk Committee, Planning and Community Consultation Committee; and Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

As a wife of a local business owner, and a proud mum of three children, Cr Kearns is committed to supporting families with a focus on community safety. Cr Kearns is driven to empower, equip and motivate the youth of Mandurah to have equal access to opportunity while also having a firm sense of belonging through positive social engagement.

Cr Kearns welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively and constructively with the community, offering a respectful and sincere ear to all residents.

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Phone: 0458 954 402


Term of Office: 2021 - 2025


Cr Daniel Wilkins 

Councillor Daniel Wilkins

An award-winning print photographer, Councillor Wilkins has been proud to call Mandurah home for over 32 years, ever since his father established a small business in the area.

Today, Cr Wilkins has deep connections with the community, having been educated locally, employed here within his first job, and raising his two children in Dudley Park where he lives with his wife.

During his term, Cr Wilkins plans to focus on helping to grow our economy, protect our waterways, improve amenities across the City and enhance playgrounds.

Cr Wilkins plans to prioritise better accessibility around schools, and will focus on strengthening community safety, through improved lighting and additional CCTV in the area.

As a Council representative of the East Ward, Cr Wilkins is committed to ensuring the ward continues to be a focus and allocated necessary funds as the City continues to evolve.

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Phone: 0418 357 993


Term of Office: 2021 - 2025



Councillor Shannon Wright

Cr Shannon Wright is a dedicated advocate for the Mandurah community, deeply invested in its vibrant lifestyle and collective well-being. Alongside his wife and four children, he actively participates in local events and festivals, cherishing the unique atmosphere Mandurah offers. As the Principal of Greenfields Primary School and, having been involved on volunteer boards in the past, Cr Wright brings a wealth of experience and a passion for community development to his role as an Elected Member.

Cr Wright's vision for Mandurah is one of prosperity, sustainability, and inclusivity. He is committed to a thriving community with access to well-maintained facilities, responsible public spending, and support for local businesses. Additionally, he is dedicated to promoting sustainable environmental practices to safeguard the city's future for generations to come.

Key Priorities:

  • Community Well-being: Cr Wright prioritises the safety and security of Mandurah residents, advocating for modern measures to secure neighbourhoods where seniors, families, and youth can flourish. He is committed to implementing initiatives that promote safer roads, accessible transport options, and improved access to local recreational facilities.
  • Economic Development: As a supporter of local businesses and job creation, Cr Wright is dedicated to collaborating with institutions and businesses to create employment opportunities that strengthen Mandurah's economy. He recognises the importance of education in preparing the workforce for the future and is committed to fostering partnerships that promote skill development and local job growth.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Cr Wright is passionate about promoting sustainable environmental practices within Mandurah. He believes in the importance of preserving the city's natural resources and is committed to implementing initiatives that reduce the City's carbon footprint, promoting a variety of clean energy sources, and protecting local ecosystems for future generations.

As an experienced leader, Cr Wright understands the importance of listening to others and working collaboratively to achieve common goals. With his vision, values, and dedication to the community, he is poised to make a positive and lasting impact as an Elected Member, ensuring Mandurah continues to evolve as a vibrant and inclusive city for years to come.

Positions held on Committees:

Council’s Planning and Community Consultation Committee
City of Mandurah’s Audit and Risk Committee
Mandurah Australia Day Awards Selection Panel

Phone: 0466 142 137


Term of Office: 2023- 2027


Cr Caroline Knight 

Councillor Caroline Knight

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Phone: 0439 843 434


Term of Office: 2023 - 2027


Cr Peter Jackson 

Councillor Peter Jackson

Cr Jackson is a local broadcaster and High School teacher who lives in the North Ward.

With a 37-year career in Media, 17 of those in Mandurah with West Coast Radio (Coast FM and The Wave), and 8 years in local high schools, he has a good understanding of our city. He is married with five children and 5 grandchildren and knows the challenges facing families and young adults in Mandurah.

He is passionate about releasing the potential in people and our region, and has served as Chair of the Mandurah Liquor Advisory, and formerly been an active member of the MAPTO Board, Community Grants Panel, ity of Mandurah Executive committee, and City of Mandurah Planning committee. He is the current chair of both the City of Mandurah Audit and Risk Committee and the Committee of Council.

Cr Jackson is committed to building capacity in the community through sensible and sustainable activities, projects, and policies that support and encourage growth and depth in Mandurah. He values integrity and believes that everyone has something to contribute. He believes in responsible stewardship of our natural environment that considers the needs of current and future residents.

He says “We live in an amazing city that is brimming with potential and is well on-track for a bright and prosperous future. I’m excited and honoured to be a part of it!”

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Phone: 0423 142 045


Term of Office: 2021 - 2025


Cr Ahmed Zilani 

Councillor Ahmed Zilani 

Low Rates, More Jobs, Less Crime!

Councillor Ahmed H. Zilani has been an Australian citizen since 2002, permanently living in Mandurah with his family since 2010. He believes Mandurah is a magnificent place to live and raise a family with its pristine beaches and nature reserves and is proud to call Mandurah his home.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with Distinctions in 1991 and was elected student body President of Indiana State University, USA in 1989, being the first non-American to do so. Cr. Zilani has over 20 years of professional business skills and is highly experienced in negotiation, decision making, local and corporate governance, financial management, strategic planning and waste management. He extensively travelled many countries of the world.

Cr. Zilani is available for the community on a full-time basis. He believes the rapidly growing North Ward offers a vibrant, engaged community. His priorities are community safety, action on hoons, encouraging job opportunities, enclosed dog park, footbridge near Lakelands Shopping Centre, and always putting the needs of residents first. He also successfully campaigned for the Lakelands train station, including a hunger strike, which was acknowledged in the Federal Parliament on 21st October 2019.

Cr. Zilani is a strong believer of People Power and that Together we will build a better Mandurah.

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Phone: 0413 271 173


Term of Office: 2023 - 2027

Cr Ryan Burns

Councillor Ryan Burns

Cr Ryan Burns is honoured to bring his passion, energy and years of professional experience to support local businesses, protect our coastal environment and represent the interests of our community.

In his role as councillor, Cr Burns will play an integral part in shaping our city’s future while focusing strongly on the effective and efficient delivery of services to Mandurah residents and businesses.

Mandurah has been Ryan’s home for 40 years. He grew up in Mandurah and lives here with his partner, Ange, who runs a small local business.

After working throughout WA and overseas, he worked locally as an engineer for 10 years. Cr Burns is now focussing full time on his role as Councillor and his new role as father to twins, Olive and Sebastian.

Ryan is very active in our community and is dedicated to our local sporting, environmental and community groups.

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Phone: (08) 9550 3777

Mobile: 0474 286 888


Term of Office: 2021 - 2025


Dave Schumacher 

Councillor Dave Schumacher

Cr Dave Schumacher, a Mandurah resident for 29 years, is well known for his years of dedication to the people of Mandurah serving as a Town Ward City Councillor for the past 12 years, and for his tireless and committed charity work in the areas of Mental Health, Suicide, Homelessness and Domestic Violence. Dave is recognised for his fundraising efforts having personally raised over $300,000 to assist local families and local charities in need.

Cr Schumacher was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2016 and forWA Community Service Award in 2018 in recognition of his on-going contribution to the Mandurah Community. He has held positions on at least 16 Boards/Committees representing the City of Mandurah as well as 17 Charity/Not for Profit Boards and Committees throughout the last 12 years, as part of his own personal commitment to our community.

He is committed to continuing his fight to bring a full University Campus to Mandurah and the Peel Region, as a University will attract industry and business to our region and will ensure that we build a self-sustainable and stable local economy through providing jobs.

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Phone: 0412 480 722


Term of Office: 2021 - 2025


Cr Peter Rogers 

Councillor Peter Rogers 

Cr Rogers has been an engaged resident of Mandurah for his entire life, and applies an independent, passionate and common-sense approach to his duties on Council.

He currently works for Edith Cowan University and has degrees in law, business, international studies and public policy.

Cr Rogers is committed to economic development, healthier communities and environmental protection, and has been active in the local sports and arts communities.

He currently serves on the board of the South West NRM, is the Company Secretary of ALSWA and is a member of the WA Local Government Standards Panel.

He believes the City must address crime and safety, revitalise the city centre, grow tourism opportunities and assist in creating job diversification and youth employment.

Cr Rogers intends to continue serving in your interest with integrity and civility, and delivering results for the economy, our community and the environment.

Address: PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210

Mobile: 0419 934 783

Phone: 9550 3777


Term of Office: 2023 - 2027

Ward maps

District Map (PDF - 687.1KB)
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Coastal Ward (PDF - 718.0KB)
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East Ward (PDF - 914.8KB)
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North Ward (PDF - 813.3KB)
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Town Ward (PDF - 876.1KB)
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Helpful documents

Elected Members Contact List (PDF - 492.4KB)
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Elected Member Appointments (PDF - 70.4KB)
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