Coun­cil­lor to call it quits af­ter 10 years Belinda Cipri­ano

Eastern Reporter - - News -

LONG-STAND­ING Bassendean coun­cil­lor Gerry Pule will hang up his suit and tie in Novem­ber af­ter serv­ing the Town for 10 years.

Cr Pule, who started on coun­cil in 2007 and stepped down as deputy mayor at the pre­vi­ous lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion, was on sev­eral com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing the Bassendean River Parks Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee, Bassendean Oval Pro­ject Con­trol Group, Dis­abil­ity Ac­cess and In­clu­sion Com­mit­tee and Town Plan­ning Scheme Re­view Com­mit­tee.

Cr Paul Bridges will join Cr Pule in Novem­ber in re­sign­ing his po­si­tion af­ter a four-year stint.

Cr Bridges’ first ap­pear­ance at coun­cil af­ter be­ing elected in 2013 created quite the stir when he turned up wear­ing a WWI Aus­tralian Army uni­form. The at­tire was a silent protest op­pos­ing the re­lo­ca­tion of the Town’s war me­mo­rial.

He told the Eastern Re­porter he wore the uni­form worn by Dig­gers who fought and fell and who were listed on the me­mo­rial to keep the is­sue of the me­mo­rial re­lo­ca­tion alive.

“My elec­tion ma­te­rial stated that mov­ing the me­mo­rial was dis­re­spect­ful and that it should be up­graded in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion in the heart of town,” he said.

“Peo­ple voted for me based on the is­sues I stand for, not be­cause I’m a nice person.”

At the time he re­ceived the high­est per­cent­age of votes at the lo­cal elec­tions, ahead of Crs Mike Lewis and Gerry Pule, but his bat­tle was lost af­ter the me­mo­rial was moved to BIC Re­serve in April 2015.

Mayor John Gan­gell said both coun­cil­lors would be missed.

“I would like to thank Gerry for his com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the Town of Bassendean and above all his loy­alty, friend­ship and sup­port,” he said.

“Gerry’s states­man­ship will be greatly missed on coun­cil, and although Paul and I have had our dif­fer­ences, I ap­pre­ci­ate his pas­sion for what he be­lieves in.”

How we re­ported on Cr Paul Bridges in army uni­form at his first coun­cil meet­ing.

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