Beach not bitumen!

Steven Leigh Pynt (BBus, BJuris, LLB, MBA, MTAX) for Scarborough
Steven Pynt for Scarborough, "Beach not bitumen,"
Steven Pynt for Scarborough, “Beach not bitumen,”

Steven was born in Albany and went to school there in his early years. He moved with his family to Yokine and later Dianella, and went to primary and high schools in the City of Stirling area. One of his first jobs while at high school was selling shoes at Dianella Plaza. During school and later at University he played football, cricket, basketball and squash with local clubs in the Stirling area, and spent many a day at Scarborough Beach. Steven lives in Beaconsfield with his wife Miriam, who is a school psychologist. They have 4 adult children. In his spare time he enjoys playing bridge at local clubs.

Steven graduated in law from the University of Western Australia in 1980 and completed his articled clerkship at Dwyer & Thomas Solicitors before working in 1983 as a tax consultant with the accounting firm Duesburys, which subsequently merged with Ernst & Whinney. During this time he also completed a Bachelor of Business from the WA Institute of Technology (now Curtin University).

From 1985-2003 Steven worked as a Principal in a number of legal firms in Perth and Fremantle, as well as a recruitment business he partly owned in West Perth. In June 2010, he was appointed Managing Director of Muzz Buzz Franchising Pty Ltd (having been a Director and shareholder since its inception), which is Australia’s leading specialty drive- through coffee franchise, with 60 stores in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. He is now Legal Director of Muzz Buzz Franchising Pty Ltd, and also holds a current legal practicing certificate.

Steven also obtained a Master of Business Administration in 1995, and a Master of Taxation Studies in 1999, both from the University of Western Australia.

Steven has held a number of public and private company board positions. He is currently chairman of listed public companies, Ephraim Resources Ltd and Global Health Ltd, and a non-executive Director of Gondwana Resources Ltd.

Steven was a Deputy Chairman and then Chairman of the Commercial Tribunal of Western Australia from 1994 – 2004, which dealt with Commercial Tenancy legislation, Credit Act and other commercial disputes and applications (now part of SAT), and was a member of the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal from 1995 to 2007.

He was a lecturer in law (casual appointment) at the Churchlands College of Advanced Education (now Edith Cowan University) from 1984-1986. He also taught Ethics and Professional Responsibility to Articled Law Clerks in Mt Lawley from 1994 to 2005, and more recently lectured in Business Ethics at Australian School of Management (ASM) in 2015 and 2016, and is a member of their Course Advisory Committee.

Steven has served as a Board member for local community groups, including an Aged Care Facility in the City of Stirling area. He also provided pro bono legal advice through the Citizens Advice Bureau in Fremantle and Perth in 2015.

Why the seat of Scarborough?

The electorate has major concerns about over-development and poor planning decisions. Some of these concerns relate to; the Scarborough Beach redevelopment, where roads will cut through dunes, Doubleview Primary School which faces the loss of trees and the school oval  – directly caused by infill decisions which have resulted in out-of-control development and rapidly increasing student numbers. Scarborough residents are facing a myriad of problems: blocked views, loss of the tree canopy and green spaces, and loss of the enjoyment and amenity of their “forever homes”. (Homes they hoped to enjoy for a lifetime)

This election Steven is campaigning for

“reversing the current trend, which encourages the goals and ambitions of  developers and destroys the hopes and dreams of residents and ensuring that planners listen and respond to the Scarborough residents, creating improvements which enhance the suburb.”