Pro-de­vel­op­ment team elected to Shire of Broome coun­cil.

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

Harold Tracey and De­siree Male have been con­vinc­ingly re-elected to the Shire of Broome, along with their ally and new­comer Catherine Mar­riott.

The trio went into the elec­tion on the same ticket with a pro-de­vel­op­ment plat­form form­ing the corner­stone of their cam­paign, and col­lected more than 50 per cent of the to­tal votes.

Three seats up for grabs in the Broome Ward were con­tested by nine can­di­dates.

The three vic­tors were due to be sworn in on Mon­day and join the other six elected mem­bers to vote for a new Shire pres­i­dent.

The count on Satur­day was a three-way race from the start, with Mr Tracey polling 918 votes fol­lowed by Ms Male (886) and Ms Mar­riott (784).

Next in the count was Tony Hutchin­son, more than 200 votes away (570), and Mark “Sharky” Har­ris (484).

For­mer Shire pres­i­dent Graeme Camp­bell fol­lowed (476) along with Jo­hani Mamid (418), Gra­ham Chap­man (255) and Greg Van­Dam (157).

The voter turnout rate was 24.44 per cent — a slight de­crease from 26.29 per cent in the 2015 elec­tion.

Mr Tracey said he wanted to work with his col­leagues to make the Shire one of the best in WA in terms of sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses and to help de­liver jobs and pros­per­ity.

Ms Male, who will be serv­ing her third four-year term as a coun­cil­lor, thanked her vot­ers and vowed to work hard on im­prov­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and tack­ling so­cial is­sues within the town.

Ms Mar­riott said one of her key aims was to work to­wards a “say yes” cul­ture in re­la­tion to com­mu­nity and busi­ness pro­pos­als.

“I am look­ing for­ward to lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­nity and get­ting key in­fra­struc­ture, such as a safe boat har­bour in Broome, un­der way,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

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