New and old faces on council
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.