Emo­tions run high as Pule bows out Belinda Cipri­ano

Eastern Reporter - - News -

AN emo­tional Gerry Pule de­liv­ered his fi­nal speech in style at Bassendean coun­cil on Tues­day night.

The long-stand­ing coun­cil­lor will not re­turn af­ter the Oc­to­ber lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion, de­cid­ing to call it quits 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, said it was a great priv­i­lege to serve the com­mu­nity and hoped he had done a good job.

“I’ve done my very best to lis­ten widely and to en­sure we con­sult with our com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“My com­mit­ment to the peo­ple has been from the start to im­prove the qual­ity of life in Bassendean.”

Cr Pule listed mak­ing the Town cen­tre bet­ter, build­ing a bet­ter War Me­mo­rial and Civic Gar­dens, pro­vid­ing bet­ter hous­ing and busi­ness in the Town cen­tre and pre­serv­ing pub­lic open spa­ces as some of his achieve­ments and was proud to be part of the Town’s rec­on­cil­i­a­tion plan.

He also of­fered ad­vice to those look­ing to take his seat in the up­com­ing elec­tion.

“One of the best qual­i­ties a coun­cil­lor can bring is to con­tinue to learn and to lis­ten to the peo­ple,” he said.

“Peo­ple of­fer in­tel­li­gent and rich re­sources, usu­ally freely and with good will.

“Peo­ple have rights to voice their opin­ions and their con­cerns; a good coun­cil­lor will al­ways take this into con­sid­er­a­tion.

“A good coun­cil­lor must be pre­pared to bite the bul­let and serve with­out fear or favour and be pre­pared to make ef­fec­tive de­ci­sions for the greater good.

“I hope I have done th­ese things well as well as work­ing hard for the Bassendean com­mu­nity.”

Mayor John Gan­gell choked back tears and was un­able to speak at times dur­ing his ad­dress as he thanked Cr Pule for his ser­vice.

“Your ser­vice has been very val­ued; I’m very emo­tional,” Cr Gan­gell said.

“Cr Pule has helped me con­sid­er­ably through some very tough and hard times.”

Coun­cil­lor Gerry Pule.

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