School Board Election – VOTE by Wed 27 March

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Dear Parents/Guardians

In the last newsletter I called for nominations for interested parents to join the Vasse School Board. The board had three vacancies and I am delighted to announce we had 5 nominations. The process from here is that we need to hold an election. Below is the link for parents to vote. I have also included some brief information that the nominees have prepared.

Please click on this link to vote .

Please vote for THREE (3) nominees only. Voting closes 4pm Wednesday 27 March, 2019.


Andrea Triffitt

I am a mum of 4 and have been part of the Vasse Primary family for more than 10 years. I have two boys in the school in years 4 and 6 and 2 daughters thriving at high school thanks to the great foundation Vasse gave them. I work as an Occupational Therapist at Busselton Hospital. I have been a Parent Rep on the school Board for the past 3 years and have tried to bring an objective and inclusive view from the parents I meet/know. I have been active with the P&C and feel this has helped me to better represent our Vasse Families.

I would really appreciate the opportunity of another term on the Board to help continue to support the high standard the school achieves. I feel it is important to have strong leadership and direction as the school continues to grow rapidly. I would value the opportunity to support the school to maintain its small country town feel as we grow into a big city. It would also be wonderful to continue to work with the Board to protect the wonderful green spaces our kids have to play in which I think are the heart of our school.


Doug Halligan

G’day, My Name is Doug Halligan

I am a 58 year old father with one child, Savannah, in Year 1. This is her third year at Vasse. Together with my partner, Bernada Thompson, we live in Vasse and are very happy with the school and the area and consider it the ideal environment to raise our daughter.

Mechanical Fitter by trade. Local Worker.

Project Supervisor for companies like RioTinto, LGM Industries, Iluka Resources. These gave me valuable knowledge and experience in Project Management, Project Design and Implementation, Health and Safety and Public Relations.

Other experience, Landscaping, heavy equipment operator.

Together with my vast experience and approach-ability, I look forward to the chance to work as a team with the Vasse Primary School Board to achieve and obtain the infrastructure, programs and personnel to continually improving and growing the awesome community we call Vasse Primary School.


Allison Edwards

My name is Alli Edwards and I am mother of four children who have attended Vasse Primary School since 2016. I am passionate about this school and support the strategic direction it is taking through what has been and continues to be a massive period of growth.

I have extensive experience in senior management within the education sector, and can add value by serving on the school board through my technical expertise and operational understanding. My passion for education, student wellbeing and all it encompasses drives my eagerness to contribute, and along with my holistic approach is the reason I have chosen to apply for this role. I believe my experience is relevant to what is needed, and will contribute to the board achieving its mission through innovation and solution-based decision making.


Matt Walker

My name is Matt Walker and I would like your support for my nomination as Parent Representative on the Vasse Primary School Board. I have been a VPS board member for the past three years and have really enjoyed the opportunity to be more involved with our fantastic school. We have two boys enrolled at school (Yr. 4 and Yr. 1).  A positive and cheerful person by nature, I am highly motivated by success and achievement. I am currently the CEO of Villa Carlotta Travel based in Busselton, having previously held senior management roles interstate and overseas. An active community member, I have been involved with a number of local boards, committees and working groups including;

  • Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club 2017-
  • Vasse Primary School Board, 2015-
  • Busselton Water Board, Director (2013-2018)
  • Busselton Foreshore Working Group (2009-2012)
  • Ironman WA local organising committee (2014-2017)
  • WA Committee Member, Australian Tourism Export Council (2009-2012)


Simon Lawson

Aged 43 years. Raised in WA and NZ and lived in Broadwater for the last 5 years.
I am a career scientist with a Masters Degree in Geology from the University of Auckland. Currently I am the Managing Director and CEO of Marindi Metals Ltd, an ASX-listed junior exploration company with projects in WA and the NT.

Two kids ages 7 & 9 years at Vasse Primary School;

I believe I would be a good parent representative for the Board of VPS principally because;
1. I have a strong belief that parents and teachers work as partners in the education of children.
2. I come from a low-income broken home family, have achieved to a high level and would love the opportunity to assist kids at all levels in achieving their dreams in spite of their individual situations.