Past mayor fights on for Bel­mont

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

GLENYS God­frey MLA says the me­dia has writ­ten off her chances of re­tain­ing the seat of Bel­mont in the State Elec­tion.

Four years ago she snatched Bel­mont with a hand­ful of votes from La­bor, which held the elec­torate for 25 years.

She ac­knowl­edged the public back­lash against Premier Colin Bar­nett may have a neg­a­tive im­pact on votes, say­ing she was con­cen­trat­ing on Bel­mont and what was best for its res­i­dents.

The for­mer mayor said she was proud of her role as an em­ployee of the peo­ple.

“I be­lieve gov­ern- ment has a triple bot­tom line of out­comes: so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal,” she said. She said Bel­mont has its own iden­tity. “Look at its coat of arms; there’s a plane, a race­horse, the kilns. What does Vic Park have? A tree,” she said.

Mrs God­frey ad­mit­ted there was a stigma as­so­ci­ated with Bel­mont due to the area be­ing left be­hind for so long.

“In the past four years we’ve achieved more than the last lot did in 20,” she said.

She pin­pointed high den­sity public hous­ing as Bel­mont’s big­gest is­sue and al­leged the data from De­part­ment of Hous­ing was skewed by the use of per­cent­ages. The fig­ures are cal­cu­lated based on the num­ber of houses on a street, which can in­crease due to in­fill de­vel­op­ment, rather than the num­ber of public hous­ing tenants.

“When its done that way the numbers don’t change,” she said.

Glenys God­frey.

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