Spots in City elec­tion show­down

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

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. ■

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