Five vie for two seats

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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