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