Candidates to keep Vasse and Warren-Blackwood strong

Posted on February 9, 2021
  • Candidates for Vasse and Warren-Blackwood join the McGowan Labor team
  • Town planner Chris Hossen to stand for WA Labor in Vasse
  • CEO of local not-for-profit organisation Jane Kelsbie to stand for WA Labor in Warren-Blackwood

Premier Mark McGowan has unveiled WA Labor’s candidates for Vasse and Warren-Blackwood at the 2021 State election.

Chris Hossen has joined the McGowan Labor team as the WA Labor candidate for Vasse, while Jane Kelsbie will represent Mark McGowan and WA Labor in Warren-Blackwood.

Mr Hossen grew up in Busselton and has spent most of his life in the region. He is a town planner and has worked for various local governments, including the City of Busselton, over the last decade.

Ms Kelsbie lives in Denmark and is the CEO of Worklink WA, a community-focused not for profit organisation that delivers careers, training and employment services locally.

Ms Kelsbie previously worked in the WA Country Health Service, and spent almost a decade working as a journalist, content producer and talent manager in London, including for the BBC.

She is an active member of the Denmark community, in particular as a volunteer for the Denmark Surf Life Saving Club, where she was on the Committee for seven years including being the first female president from 2016 to 2019.

Premier Mark McGowan last month released the Plan for Bunbury, Warren-Blackwood and Vasse, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government’s major package of job-creating initiatives for the region.

To read the full plan, visit

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan: 

“Chris and Jane are fantastic local candidates who understand local issues and will work hard for the people of Vasse and Warren-Blackwood.

“My Government is focused on implementing the WA Recovery Plan, to continue WA’s strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are creating jobs and training opportunities for Western Australians, while ensuring the

State’s economy remains strong.

“Chris and Jane will make an outstanding contribution in a re-elected McGowan Government if we are successful at the election and my team will be working hard to ensure we can continue WA’s strong recovery.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Vasse Chris Hossen:

“I grew up in Busselton and went to West Busselton Primary and Busselton Senior High. I learnt how to swim at the old high school pool and rode my bike to school along the shore of Geographe Bay.

“Through my role as a town planner, including at the City of Busselton, I have learned how important it is to invest in local jobs and deliver the infrastructure our growing region needs.

“I’ve put my hand up to be your local representative and a strong voice on the McGowan Labor team because only a McGowan Labor Government can deliver for the regions.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Warren-Blackwood Jane Kelsbie: 

“I am proud to join Mark McGowan’s team as the WA Labor Candidate for Warren-Blackwood.

“I live in Denmark and love our local community – in my role as CEO of Worklink WA, I know the importance of local jobs and local training in our regional communities.

“I want to bring a strong voice to our region to help make our community stronger. I am looking forward to getting out across the South West and Great Southern during the campaign and hearing from local people about the issues that matter to them.”