Changing of the guard
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).