Chang­ing of the guard

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - So­phie Gabrielle

THE Town of Cam­bridge coun­cil has a new leader and two new coun­cil­lors af­ter Satur­day’s coun­cil elec­tion.

Keri Shan­non was elected mayor of the Town with 47.68 per cent of the to­tal votes, while in­cum­bent Si­mon Withers re­ceived 33.43 per cent of votes. Ms Shan­non said she was hum­bled by the over­whelm­ing sup­port she re­ceived.

“I cam­paigned on a plat­form of trans­parency and hon­est con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and it’s hum­bling that the com­mu­nity has put their faith and trust in me as mayor to carry this out,” she said.

“I would like to en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a lo­cal hous­ing strat­egy and lo­cal plan­ning strat­egy across the whole Town as a pri­or­ity.

“We need to look at how we pro­vide in­fras­truc­ture to sup­port the new de­vel­op­ment and den­sity.”

The Coast Ward Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently launched an ap­pli­ca­tion for a Supreme Court ju­di­cial re­view against the coun­cil’s Hous­ing Op­tions amend­ment to the Town Plan­ning Scheme.

Ms Shan­non said she would work with the coun­cil on the le­gal ac­tion to achieve the best out­come for the com­mu­nity and ratepay­ers.

“The Scheme Amend­ment is with the WAPC (WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion),” she said.

“In my opin­ion, the Scheme Amend­ment does not pro­vide good out­comes for the com­mu­nity and can be done bet­ter.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with my fel­low coun­cil­lors for the bet­ter­ment of the Town.”

Floreat res­i­dent An­dres Tim­mer­ma­nis was elected to the coun­cil’s Coast ward, with Rod Bradley re­elected to the ward.

West Leed­erville res­i­dent Jane Pow­ell was elected to the Wem­b­ley ward and Louis Carr was re-elected.

A spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing to swear in the new coun­cil­lors and mayor will be held tonight.

LONG-SERV­ING former Cottes­loe coun­cil­lor and mayor Rob Row­ell ended his 35-year lo­cal gov­ern­ment ca­reer af­ter a 165 to 243 loss to lawyer San­dra Boul­ter in the Town’s East ward elec­tion last Satur­day.

“It was prob­a­bly time for me to go as the stan­dard of de­bate at the coun­cil hasn’t been that good and we’ve now got peo­ple think­ing of is­sues and not about Cottes­loe,” Mr Row­ell, a former WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent and Aus­tralian LGA vice-pres­i­dent, said.

He said is­sues for the new coun­cil in­cluded res­i­dents groups op­pos­ing the Perth Freight Link, de­bate over dog beach use, im­prov­ing the town cen­tre and a plan for de­vel­op­ment on land be­side the rail­way.

Mr Row­ell said he was not in favour of com­pul­sory coun­cil vot­ing fol­low­ing Cottes­loe’s turnout rate of about 37 per cent be­cause “if they are not go­ing to vote with at least some thought, then it’s point­less”.

In the South ward, Mark Rodda was elected un­til 2019 with 301 votes, Rob Thomas was elected un­til 2019 un­op­posed in the North ward and Cr Sally Pyvis (272 votes) de­feated Pe­ter Jeanes (232) in the Cen­tral ward.

Mos­man Park’s North ward vot­ing rate was 31 per cent, with Cr Zenda John­son (602 votes) re­turned un­til 2019, in ad­di­tion to busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager An­drew Mau­rice (337), but former coun­cil­lor Brett Carboni lost and ended his two years on the coun­cil.

Cr Brett Pol­lock was elected un­op­posed in the South ward.

At the Shire of Pep­per­mint Grove, pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas was re­elected (284 votes), as was Cr Dawne Hor­rex (223), in ad­di­tion to new Cr Pe­ter MacIn­tosh (229).

Keri Shan­non.

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