John Castrilli

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The Honourable
John Castrilli
Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
Assumed office
23 September 2008
Premier Colin Barnett
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Bunbury
Assumed office
26 February 2005
Preceded by Tony Dean
Mayor of Bunbury
In office
Succeeded by David Smith
Personal details
Born Giovanni Mario Castrilli
(1950-11-22) 22 November 1950 (age 65)
Roccamandolfi, Italy
Citizenship Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Loretta
Profession Accountant

Giovanni "John" Mario Castrilli was born 22 November 1950 in Roccamandolfi in Italy. He has been a Liberal member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Bunbury after winning the seat in the 2005 election.[1]

Early life[edit]

Castrilli's father, Antonio, arrived in Australia in 1952 from after migrating from Roccamandolfi in Italy, he was joined by the rest of his family in 1954.[2]

Political career[edit]

Starting his career in local politics in 1991, Castrilli served as a councillor of the City of Bunbury from 1991 to 1997. Castrilli was then elected as Mayor of Bunbury in 1997 and re-elected in 2001 with a two-party vote of 73.5%.[3]

Contesting the seat of Bunbury for the first time in the 2005 election Castrilli beat the sitting Labor member with a swing of +0.6 points and winning the seat by 0.4 points.[4]

He immediately became a shadow minister under leader Matt Birney, serving in the Local Government and Regional Development shadow portfolio from March 2005 to May 2005.

After the defeat of the Labor government at the 2008 election, he was appointed to the Barnett Ministry and became Minister for Local Government, in which role he has handled a controversial proposition to amalgamate smaller local councils.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b "Member Profile – Hon. Giovanni (John) Mario Castrilli MLA". Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Inaugural Speech – Mr John Castrilli MLA" (PDF). Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "About John". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Western Australia Election 2005 – Bunbury Electorate Profile". ABC News. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Thomson, Chris (5 October 2009). "Local government wipeout: Castrilli to cull one-third of councils". WAtoday (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Tony Dean
Member for Bunbury