Candidate for Murray-Wellington
Callum Burwood is The Greens (WA) Candidate for Murray-Wellington in the 2017 WA election
A forester and firefighter by trade, dissatisfaction with the current political climate and a desire to make real change were the driving forces in Callum Burwood’s decision to stand for the Greens in Murray-Wellington.
He sees the Greens as the only party with future-driven policies, and the only alternative to the old parties who don’t properly consider future generations.
Born and bred in the Southwest, Callum spent a number of years working with community groups and became heavily involved in raising awareness for and combating issues like domestic violence, mental health, and drug and alcohol addiction.
It was during this time Callum was exposed to the inadequate resources available within the community services sector. Callum wants to ensure the state government provides greater funding in the South West to tackle growing social issues in the community, including the development of local treatment and rehabilitation services for those struggling with substance abuse.
Becoming a volunteer firefighter in 2010 was the beginning of Callum's passion for the fire industry; finding a camaraderie and dedication among the other volunteer firefighters and a new respect for the land.
Now the Deputy Operations Officer for an integrated fire management company, Callum wants to use his knowledge and experience to ensure the state’s fire mitigation and risk management strategies are a priority. Communities in Murray-Wellington have particularly suffered lately and Callum wants to see more done to prevent disasters such as was seen in Yarloop in 2016.
Part of what Callum hopes to achieve with the Greens is for the WA government to implement the recommendations of the Ferguson review into the Yarloop fires, especially the establishment of an independent rural fire service.