Five vie for contested wards
■ The nominations are locked in as a group of new people start their campaigns to become Shire of Ashburton councillors.
Four councillors have already been elected unopposed in the first local government election results.
Paraburdoo Ward’s Linton Rumble faced no contender, elected for a four-year term. Lorraine Thomas, of the Tablelands Ward, and Peter Foster, of the Tom Price Ward, were both elected.
Wyloo Station’s Glen Dellar stood unopposed for the Ashburton Ward, which was vacated by Anne Eyre.
Five candidates are still in the running for two seats up for grabs — one in the Onslow Ward and one in the Pannawonica Ward.
Dennis Wright has retired from Pannawonica Ward, which is being contested by second-generation resident Melanie Gallanagh, alongside metallurgist Colin Sumner and journalist Corinna Lacey.
The seat to watch this year will be the Onslow Ward, where incumbent president Kerry White will be up against Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Geoffrey Herbert.
Of the remaining candidates, only Ms White has previous experience as a councillor.
The Pilbara News talked with the five remaining candidates to find out their background and what changes they would like to make to their wards if successfully elected.
Their fate will be decided at the Shire elections on Saturday, October 17. I am a metallurgist with Rio Tinto and Pannawonica resident of three years.
I am a married father of five children, all living in Pannawonica, and I’m keen to represent Pannawonicans to ensure we get a fair share of Shire resources and to voice the opinions of its residents concerning issues unique to living and working in the remote Pilbara.