Long may­oral reign en­dures

Pilbara News - - News - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

The reign of the City of Kar­ratha’s mayor just got a lit­tle longer.

Pe­ter Long, who was re-elected onto coun­cil ear­lier this month, was voted back into the top po­si­tion 7-3 by his fel­low coun­cil­lors for an­other two years. Coun­cil­lor-elect Grant Cu­cel was ab­sent in the Kim­ber­ley and did not vote.

It was a two-horse race be­tween Cr Long and former Shire of Roe­bourne pres­i­dent Fiona White-Har­tig.

In his bid to once again be mayor, Cr Long spoke to the cham­ber about how the per­son elected should have a vi­sion for the City.

Much like his speech two years ago he said he would be a strong ad­vo­cate for the arts, and would en­deav­our to se­cure fund­ing for the com­mu­nity arts precinct.

Cr Long cited his busi­ness acu­men, hav­ing started his own at the age of 22 and liv­ing off his own back-sweat to raise two daugh­ters and a fam­ily in Kar­ratha. He said the mayor role was a full-time gig and he would give it his all.

Cr White-Har­tig spoke of her 20 years in the po­lit­i­cal realm, and her work on the coun­cil and with var­i­ous boards and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the com­mu­nity.

She said there needed to be a change on coun­cil and de­cried the in­creased con­tri­bu­tion by the City to the Pil­bara Un­der­ground Power Project. She said the City should maybe re­think the money it was spend­ing on big ticket in­fras­truc­ture items.

Cr White-Har­tig said more needed to be done for lo­cal busi­ness, with small and medium-sized busi­nesses leav­ing town.

She said the City was all talk about tourism and needed to take some ac­tion.

In clos­ing she made com­ments that the City’s mayor should be voted on by the pub­lic.

Cr White-Har­tig ran also for the Deputy Mayor po­si­tion against the in­cum­bent John Lally.

The lat­ter won 6-4.

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