Melville Times - - Front Page - Josh Zim­mer­man

PERTH’S res­i­dents have a woe­ful record of vot­ing in lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions and it’s well be­yond time that changed.

Quite frankly, if you can’t be both­ered check­ing a box on a bal­lot pa­per that has been de­liv­ered to your house and then tak­ing it to a mail­box, you have no right to com­plain about all of the things coun­cils do that af­fect your daily life.

At the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in 2013 and 2015, an av­er­age of just 29 per cent voted in the Melville coun­cil elec­tion. Across metropoli­tan Perth, the av­er­age was an ap­palling 27.5 per cent. Do you not care about the im­post of rates on your hip pocket dur­ing tough eco­nomic times?

Are you un­con­cerned about high-rise build­ings pop­ping up in sur­round­ing streets?

Con­cerned your street has be­come a race­way for young hoons? Did you vote?

Postal votes will ar­rive in your let­ter­box from Septem­ber 27 if there is a con­test in your area.

We im­plore you to fill it in and take it straight to the mail­box. It is your duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

TWENTY one hope­fuls have thrown their hats into the ring for the seven seats in the Melville coun­cil elec­tions.

In­cum­bents Cameron Schus­ter, Ni­cole Fox­ton, June Bar­ton, Clive Ro­bart­son, Pa­tri­cia Phe­lan and Deputy Mayor Re­becca Aubrey are all seek­ing re-elec­tion but face com­pe­ti­tion from an ar­ray of new – and re­turn­ing – faces.

With two seats va­cant fol­low­ing for­mer coun­cil­lor Lisa O’Mal­ley’s elec­tion to State Gov­ern­ment in March, the Palmyra-Melville-Wil­lagee ward has at­tracted the high­est num­ber of can­di­dates with six.

Ex­pe­ri­ence is on the side of Cr Phe­lan, who has served 19 years on coun­cil over two terms, but she is not the only ward can­di­date with pre­vi­ous ex­po­sure to lo­cal gov­ern­ment. Past coun­cil­lor Pe­ter Best has re-nom­i­nated for a seat.

Self-em­ployed trans­port in­dus­try worker Scott Phillip, Fre­man­tle Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive Karen Wheat­land, pub­lic ser­vant Alan Fair­head and long-time Melville Dis­abil­ity Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee mem­ber and lo­cal vol­un­teer Adam Hew­ber are the other ward can­di­dates.

Cr Schus­ter’s bid for re­elec­tion in the Ap­ple­cross-Mt Pleas­ant ward comes against busi­ness con­sul­tant Steve Kepert, an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for the seat of Bic­ton the 2017 State Elec­tion, Ro­tar­ian Souzi Clif­ford and 25-year-old eco-tourism grad­u­ate Felix Rosario.

Bate­man-Kardinya-Mur­doch also has four can­di­dates, Cr Fox­ton hop­ing to see off a chal­lenge from IT pro­fes­sional Matt Bruyn­inckx, mining sec­tor vet­eran Derek Am­mon and nurse turned de­liv­ery busi­ness owner Tony Stokes.

Past mayor Katy Mair is gun­ning for the Cen­tral ward seat of Cr Aubrey, with for­mer City of Melville com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Cal­lum Prior also putting up his hand.

The fi­nal two seats have just two can­di­dates each – long-time coun­cil­lor and for­mer Mayor June Bar­ton tak­ing on high school ad­min­is­tra­tor John Wat­ters in the Bic­ton-At­tadale-Al­fred Cove ward and fel­low coun­cil vet­eran Cr Ro­bart­son de­fend­ing his Bull Creek-Leem­ing seat from for­mer miner Marie Cur­tis.

Six of the 21 can­di­dates are mem­bers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties, while a fur­ther three de­clined to dis­close their mem­ber­ship sta­tus.

The Tomp­kins Park wave park looms as a ma­jor po­ten­tial elec­tion is­sue, with many can­di­dates voic­ing ei­ther sup­port or op­po­si­tion for the project.

For full can­di­date pro­files, visit com­mu­ni­ /perthvotes and look out for our ward-by-ward cov­er­age.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d474171

She­lia Davies, Gail Wil­liams and Jess Nes­bitt will be vot­ing in the lo­cal gov­er­ment elec­tions.

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