Councils welcome host of fresh faces
A host of new faces have been elected to leadership positions alongside long-serving veterans in the City of Karratha, Shire of Exmouth and Shire of Ashburton.
Exmouth’s newly sworn-in council will be led by Matthew Niikkula, who was elected Shire president, and Gary Mounsey as his deputy.
Mr Niikkula said he was looking forward to taking on the role.
“We will meet on Thursday, November 2, to begin our training and will be working with the Department of Local Government and WA Local Government Association on an ongoing basis to ensure all councillors are fully equipped to carry out their duties in accordance with the Local Government Act,” he said.
“As a council, we are committed to acting with honesty and integrity and to ensuring the decision-making process is transparent and accountable.
“This is a really exciting time for Exmouth and I am looking forward to working with the community to make sure Exmouth remains a great place to live, work and visit.”
Mr Niikkula owns a small business in town and has lived in Exmouth for his whole life.
In the City of Karratha, Grant Cucel will take on the deputy mayor role after two years serving on the council.
Peter Long was re-elected as mayor.
“I am looking forward to working together and building on the momentum of this past council, continuing to provide exceptional amenity and services to the City of Karratha community as we strive to achieve our vision of becoming Australia’s most liveable regional city,” he said.
“I would also like to thank our outgoing councillors — John Lally, Fiona White-Hartig, Geoff Harris, Bart Parsons and Robin Vandenberg — for all their hard work throughout their terms on council.
“Together, we have made some important and positive decisions to move the City of Karratha.”
The Shire of Ashburton council re-elected Kerry White as Shire president and Linton Rumble as deputy.
Grant Cucel is the new deputy mayor of the City of Karratha.