Long mayoral reign endures
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.