Mayor back for more
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.”
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels is standing for re-election.