New and old faces on coun­cil

Canning Times - - NEWS - Jaime Shurmer

A DIS­MISSED coun­cil­lor and two women who are mem­bers of the La­bor Party are among the new faces on Can­ning Coun­cil to be sworn in tonight.

Pa­trick Hall and Tim Porter were suc­cess­fully re-elected in Ban­nis­ter and Ni­chol­son wards.

A new deputy mayor will also be de­ter­mined at tonight’s spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing.

Gra­ham Barry – who was on the coun­cil that was dis­missed sev­eral years ago – won from a pool of eight can­di­dates in Ma­son ward and felt “ex­tremely con­fi­dent” com­ing on to coun­cil again, hav­ing the sup­port of the pub­lic.

Yaso Pon­nuthu­rai se­cured the high­est voter turnout in the City of Can­ning elec­tions, with 36.76 per cent, se­cur­ing 1333 of the 3466 votes to win in the Beel­iar ward.

She has been in­volved in cam­paigns since the age of five and ran her own lo­cal gov­ern­ment cam­paign.

Sara Saberi won by just four votes in Beeloo ward, cam­paign­ing while tack­ling post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in en­vi­ron­men­tal health.

“I’ve been in­ter­ested in coun­cil and looked at run­ning the pre­vi­ous time,” she said of the 2015 elec­tion, with her vol­un­teer roles in en­vi­ron­ment groups so­lid­i­fy­ing her re­solve to en­ter lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Voter turnout was slightly higher in the City of Can­ning com­pared to past elec­tions at 33.21 per cent, with voter turnout up across Perth.

Across 30 metropoli­tan lo­cal coun­cils, the av­er­age voter turnout was 34.58 per cent, up from an av­er­age 28.59 per cent two years ago.

Can­ning Mayor Paul Ng thanked out­go­ing coun­cil­lors, Pauline Tar­rant, David Brown and Ayse Martli for their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

“It is not an easy job to rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, it takes a com­mit­ment of time and en­ergy,” he said.

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