Mayor back for more

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

d474126 ROCK­ING­HAM Mayor Barry Sam­mels is not ready for de­par­ture yet.

He said old and new projects had mo­ti­vated him to throw his hat into the ring for an eighth time.

After 14 years at the helm, he said the City faced some unique chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties, cen­tred around pop­u­la­tion growth and cli­mate change.

Mov­ing to the area 35 years ago, he was first elected as a coun­cil­lor in 1997.

By 2003 he stood down, but after a lit­tle ‘gen­tle’ per­sua­sion from oth­ers he agreed to put his hand up for mayor.

“There were a few peo­ple who kept en­cour­ag­ing me to be­come mayor and I guess it steam­rolled from there,” he said.

Two mo­ti­va­tions have kept him pas­sion­ate about his role.

“Law and or­der and pub­lic safety are what orig­i­nally in­spired me to be­come a coun­cil­lor,” he said.

“The City Safe Com­mit­tee be­gan soon after I was mayor and out of that came Smart Watch.

“The OIC’s of Kwinana, Rock­ing­ham and Man­durah are in­volved.”

Ini­tia­tives to come from it in­cluded im­prove­ments to CCTV; mo­bile CCTVs sent to crime hotspots and other safety ini­tia­tives such as beach watch and fam­ily friendly fore­shores.

“Lit­terbusters has been ef­fec­tive for re­mov­ing rub­bish, graf­fiti and trol­leys - keep­ing your en­vi­ron­ment clean makes peo­ple proud,” he said.

It had been a event­ful jour­ney through­out his term as Mayor.

“Be­ing a lo­cal busi­ness­man I’ve seen coun­cil change over the years,” he said.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels is stand­ing for re-elec­tion.

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