May­ors look to the fu­ture

THE three lo­cal may­ors look back on their last term and dis­cuss what the fu­ture will bring.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

IT’S been four years since Phil Marks took the helm of the City of Bel­mont and now he is look­ing for­ward to the next four years.

He was elected to the City of Bel­mont coun­cil 1999 and has been mayor since 2011.

He said there had been many achieve­ments dur­ing his term but one of the most sat­is­fy­ing for him was suc­cess­fully lob­by­ing the State Gov­ern­ment to con­sider changes to the R-Codes in re­sponse to com­mu­nity con­cerns.

“The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion lis­tened to our con­cerns about th­ese de­vel­op­ments which will re­sult in a far more bal­anced ap­proach to res­i­den­tial plan­ning in our City from now on,” he said.

He is also proud of lob­by­ing against lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form.

“I would like to think that our lob­by­ing the State Gov­ern­ment against the lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form process con­trib­uted to the City of Bel­mont not be­ing amal­ga­mated with the Shire of Kala­munda – this was an­other great achieve­ment for the City and our res­i­dents,” he said.

Dur­ing this term, Cr Marks hopes to see sig­nif­i­cant pro­gres­sion to­wards the new multi-pur­pose com­mu­nity cen­tre.

“Other projects that I am look­ing for­ward to pro­gress­ing in­clude the Bel­mont Busi­ness Park Trans­port In­fras­truc­ture Up­grade, con­struc­tion of the new park Bilya Kard Boodja and Gar­vey Park fore­shore sta­bil­i­sa­tion works, all projects that will sig­nif­i­cantly ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity,” he said.

THE City of South Perth will have an­other four years un­der Mayor Sue Do­herty af­ter she was proud to be re­elected by res­i­dents.

A South Perth res­i­dent her­self, Mayor Do­herty has im­mersed her­self in the com­mu­nity af­ter serv­ing the past four years as Mayor and a fur­ther nine years as coun­cil­lor prior to that.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing more than 68 per cent of the votes, Mayor Do­herty said she was look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing her role for an­other term.

“It is an hon­our that the peo­ple of the City of South Perth voted for me to be re-elected and I prom­ise to serve them to the best of my abil­ity,” Mayor Do­herty said.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ment is the level of gov­ern­ment clos­est to the peo­ple, ig­nit­ing pas­sion and con­sid­er­ing top­i­cal is­sues like no other level of gov­ern­ment be­cause it deals with mat­ters at the ab­so­lute coal­face.”

Un­der her pre­vi­ous lead­er­ship the City of South Perth has main­tained its unique iden­tity, seen more child­care cen­tres built, won awards for pub­lic spa­ces and had a pub­lic art strat­egy im­ple­mented.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ment is the sec­tor that has the most di­rect in­flu­ence on the ev­ery­day as­pects of peo­ple’s lives and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing my role as Mayor of this great City,” Mayor Do­herty said.

Former gover­nor of Western Aus­tralia and South Perth res­i­dent Ken Michael swore in Mayor Do­herty, along with the newly elected coun­cil­lors, at a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 19.

VIC­TO­RIA Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan has be­gun his third term in the big seat and says it’s the vi­brancy the Town has de­vel­oped over the last few years that makes him most proud.

Other high­lights in­clude bring­ing the West Coast Ea­gles to Lathlain, win­ning the Bat­tle for Bur­swood and the work done in rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

The Town has also de­vel­oped a col­lec­tive so­cial con­science and is a refugee wel­come zone.

“We are a town that is con­cerned about other peo­ple and the com­mu­nity has wel­comed that,” Mr Vaughan said.

He said he is all about build­ing re­la­tion­ships and is proud of the re­la­tion­ships built with com­mu­nity mem­bers and stake­hold­ers out­side the Town such as politi­cians.

As he looks for­ward to his next term, he wants to in­crease com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and con­tinue the Town’s so­cial con­science.

He is look­ing for­ward to see­ing the West Coast Ea­gles make a new home in the Town and for vi­brancy to keep on in­creas­ing by ac­ti­vat­ing the com­mu­nity.

The Town has be­gun its Evolve 2017 project, which will aim to in­crease com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and al­low res­i­dents and busi­nesses to shape the way the Town evolves.

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