Knight moves as deputy
CAROLINE Knight was named Mandurah’s Deputy Mayor and the new Mayor and new councillors were sworn in at a ceremony at the City of Mandurah council chambers last week.
In a shock move, Darren Lee, Mandurah’s longest serving Deputy Mayor, did not renominate for the position.
Three people nominated for the Deputy Mayor position – North ward councillors Peter Jackson and Cr Knight and Town ward councillor David Schumacher.
The council voted via a secret ballot, with Cr Knight emerging the winner.
Cr Lee said he decided not to nominate as he was studying for a Masters degree.
All the councillors received a chance to address the chamber and outline their goals for their time on council.
Cr Merv Darcy, the newest councillor for Coastal ward, said he believed people should work together to promote Mandurah.
“Not denigrate it, like some people like to,” he said.
“I want to see Mandurah’s name in lights for good news, not bad news.”
Cr Lynn Rodgers echoed his sentiments.
“It’s is a shame people always go to the negative, as every city has problems,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to four years of positivity.”
Cr Schumacher outlined his plans to bring a 200-bed rehabilitation and mental health centre to the region.
He also spoke of his plans to create a “a multigenerational, safe, accessible city” after meeting people during his election campaign.
Mayor Rhys Williams said he aimed to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, former Mandurah Mayor Paddi Creevey.
City of Mandurah chief executive Mark Newman (left) with Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.