Five vie for two seats
A QUINTET of candidates will compete for two vacancies after nominations closed at Mosman Park Council last week.
“As there is more than one nominee for each vacancy, an election will now be held in each ward,” chief executive Kevin Poynton said.
In the north ward, local restaurant owner and merger opponent Brett Carboni, former councillor Maureen Harcombe and Veterans Council of WA chairman Max Ball will compete for a seat created by the August resignation of Libby Eustance.
Also in the north ward, Minim Cove resident Jenna Ledgerwood said she wanted a “good fiscal policy” at the council, while accountant David Prestney said he did not want spending on “pet projects” if he got the seat left by Louise Avon-Smith in July.
New councillors will have to steer the council through mergers expected to be announced soon, after the Local Government Advisory Board sent the first of its recommended new borders to the State Government last week. “It is great that there is such a strong interest in council given the uncertainty surrounding the amalgamations, and all of the candidates offer skills which Council can deploy during this difficult time,” Mayor Ron Norris said.
Mergers are mooted to have to be completed in mid-2015, meaning the council may not exist before the vacant north ward seat’s term finishes in October next year, and the south ward’s in October 2017.