Dan Bull (1994-95) would have been considered a little out of the ordinary in the mid-90s. He was Vice Captain of Music, and gained Symbols for both Drama and Rugby. He was perhaps also a little out of the ordinary in his tertiary career path.
On leaving School he commenced studies in music at UWA, majoring in performance on the French horn. He transferred to the UWA Law School and ended up with a double degree in Law and Arts (with a Political Science major and Music minor).
He commenced his articles of clerkship with Minter Ellison and was admitted to practice in 2003.
And so the story continues . . .
In 2004 Dan left law to play keyboards with Eskimo Joe and toured with them full time until 2006 returning to law and working as a solicitor in Sydney and then back in Perth.
The passage of time saw Dan take an interest in his local community. He began to have concerns around road safety on his street due to excessive speeding and contacted the Council to seek help in making the road safer. This led to him becoming involved in a Council-led community group that looked at road safety throughout the wider area and he soon found himself taking more interest in the goings on of the council and the community in general. He realised that there were no lawyers on council at that time and thought he could potentially offer a strong voice for residents, so in early 2015 he decided to run for office and was elected councillor for the West Ward in the City of Bayswater.
“Local government is a really important tier of government in Australia. It is real grass roots community representation. A large number of things we take for granted are managed by local governments, from roads and rubbish, to parks, town centre streetscapes, and fetes and fares. You spend your time really getting to know your community and represent their views to seek great outcomes. It is hard work but it is very rewarding.”
Dan was elected Mayor of the City of Bayswater at this year’s local elections. His platform: to drive reforms at the City of Bayswater in an effort to improve the trust of the government in the community. He wants the locals to love living, playing and working in ‘Baysie’, so creating an environment with a higher level of amenity, great streetscapes and public open spaces, top notch town centres that thrive, and improve industrial areas are important things too. He wants to provide strong leadership in liaising with State and Federal governments to achieve great outcomes for his area; a structure plan for the Bayswater Town Centre is underway, there’s proposed redevelopment for the Bayswater Train Station as the new Forrestfield and Ellenbrook lines will each merge at Bayswater Station as part of Metronet.
It sounds like Dan will have plenty to think about in his new role.