Matthew, a teacher since 1974, and a highly recognised educational leader on both a state and national level, was also the Principal of John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School.
Throughout his career in education and the public sector, Matthew has placed a strong emphasis on the importance of community, inclusion and diversity, all of which are reflective of his core values.
As a father of six adult children and eight grand children he is well aware of the aspirations and uncertainties faced by Western Australian families. He believes a fresh approach is required in the economic challenges facing the state and in particular the resourcing of our schools and hospitals.
As a resident of Darlington for the last 14 years, he understands the unique environment that is encompassed by the State electorate of Kalamunda and the work that needs to be done to support its families and its communities.
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Kalamunda Electorate Map
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Statistical Profile of the Kalamunda Electorate
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About the Kalamunda Electorate
Number of Electors: 26,112 (9 March 2015)
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.
Nomenclature: This suburb was named in 1901 following a request by 32 residents of the area for a townsite to be declared here. The residents chose the name "CALAMUNDA" as the name of the proposed townsite, combining two Aboriginal words recorded in a book on Aboriginal language by Bishop Salvado. "Cala" signifies "home, district, settlement," and "Munda" signifies "forest" and the residents hoped it would be considered an appropriate name. The name was respelt "Kalamunnda" by the Surveyor General, but later in 1901 was amended to Kalamunda.
(Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places. )
Suburbs/Towns: Bickley*, Canning Mills*, Carmel*, Darlington*, Glen Forrest, Gooseberry Hill*, Gosnells*, Hovea, Kalamunda, Lesmurdie, Mahogany Creek, Maida Vale*, Martin*, Mundaring*, Orange Grove*, Parkerville, Paulls Valley, Pickering Brook*, Piesse Brook*, Stoneville and Walliston.
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one District.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information
Darlington Primary School; Falls Road Primary School; Glen Forrest Primary School; Gooseberry Hill Primary School; Kalamunda Primary School; Kalamunda Senior High School; Lesmurdie Primary School; Lesmurdie Senior High School; Mundaring Primary School; Parkerville Primary School; Walliston Primary School
Carmel Adventist College; Helena College; Kalamunda Christian School; Mary's Mount Primary School; Mazenod College; Mundaring Christian College; The Silver Tree Steiner School; St Brigid's College; Treetops Montessori School
Books about Kalamunda:
F McNamara: Kalamunda of the dreamtime (41p. Paterson, 1961)
John Harper-Nelson: A line on Kalamunda (75p. Nine Club, 1978)
John Slee: Cala Munnda, a home in the forest - a history of Kalamunda (220p. Shire of Kalamunda, 1979)
Hector Price: Known by their fruits, the story of fruit growing in Kalamunda and districts (64p. Dept of Agriculture, 1985)
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Successive Members for the Kalamunda District
Constituency created under the Redistribution of Seats 2007
b = by-election