Spots in City election showdown
Julie Pope Karratha Ward
The namesake ward of the City of Karratha has set up one of its most interesting local government election races yet.
Mass redundancies earlier in the year and the rigmarole of the Pilbara Underground Power Project kicked up enough of a stink to see the reformation of the Karratha City Ratepayers and Residents Association and maybe helped prompt the large field of 15 candidates running for five spots on the council.
One voting block of five, which includes incumbent Mayor Peter Long, Councillor David “Harry” Hipworth, Grant Cucel, Leesa Butler and Daniel Scott, have been campaigning vigorously throughout the town with advertisements, meet and greets, and signage.
Whether the backlash from issues like PUPP is taken out on Cr Long and Cr Hipworth will be a point of interest. The Wickham-Point Samson-Roebourne-CossackPastoral Ward race for one seat isn’t so dependent on campaigning, given the prominence of each candidate.
Garry Bailey has long served as the councillor for the amalgamated Roebourne seat.
Beth Smith has lived in Roebourne for almost 40 years while Marcus Tutt has spent 17 years, and both are well known around their respective towns.
Deputy Mayor John Lally was elected unopposed for the third time in a row in the Dampier Ward, filling the seat vacated by Nerida Kickett. ■