John Carey has lived in the inner city for nearly 20 years. He first became active in his local community when he established Western Australia’s first town team, the Beaufort Street Network. This organisation aimed to revitalise and transform the precinct. John also co-founded the highly successful Beaufort Street Festival.
John Carey worked for five years as the Director of the Kimberley Conservation Project for the Pew Environment Group, where he successfully campaigned with a coalition of organisations for the creation of the Great Kimberley Marine Park.
John was elected to the City of Vincent Council in 2011, and he successfully ran for Mayor of City of Vincent in 2013 (re-elected 2015).
Elected as the State Member for Perth in March 2017, John was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Mark McGowan, and later as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Planning, where he assisted in driving planning reform, with a particular focus on cutting red tape for small business and households.
In his first year as a Member of Parliament, John hosted the Perth City Summit with 350 attendees to develop strategies and projects to drive positive change in the city. He has worked hard to implement many of the Summit’s recommendations, including securing a new university campus in the city as part of the $1.6 billion Perth City Deal, major new cycling infrastructure and working to abolish alfresco fees for city businesses.
Following the return of the McGowan Government in March 2021, John was appointed the Minister for Housing and Local Government.