Pratt pulls out of re-elec­tion race

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL­LOR Stephen Pratt is set to bid adieu to the City of Cock­burn when his term fin­ishes next month.

The Cen­tral ward coun­cil­lor, who has served for the past eight years, has re­vealed he will not re­con­test his seat at the up­com­ing coun­cil elec­tions.

He is the only one of the four in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors up for re-elec­tion to not re­con­test their seat.

Coun­cil­lors Char­monix Terblanche, Lara Kirk­wood and Carol Reeve-Fowkes have all flagged their in­ten­tions to re­turn.

Cr Pratt said it had been a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, but ul­ti­mately he wanted to spend more time with his young fam­ily and his busy pro­fes­sional life meant some­thing had to give.

He said he would re­mem­ber his time on coun­cil fondly and was proud to have been part of some fan­tas­tic high­lights.

“These in­clude build­ing the Cock­burn ARC, which has been a huge suc­cess, the Bi­bra Lake Ad­ven­ture Play­ground, fight­ing for our com­mu­nity to stop forced coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions and pro­tect­ing our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment from the dam­age that would be caused by the pro­posed Roe 8 pro­ject,” Cr Pratt said.

Cr Reeve-Fowkes, who has rep­re­sented the West ward for the past 12 years, said she wanted to en­sure ev­ery ratepayer had the chance to voice con­cerns on any is­sue.

“Now, more than ever, lo­cal gov­ern­ment is in dan­ger of be­com­ing too politi­cised and ex­treme, and the si­lent ma­jor­ity of our res­i­dents are in dan­ger of not be­ing heard,” she said.

Cr Terblanche said feed­back from lo­cal res­i­dents en­cour­aged her to re­con­test her seat in the East ward.

Her fel­low East ward can­di­date Cr Kirk­wood was elected in 2018 at the ex­tra­or­di­nary elec­tion af­ter the death of long-time coun­cil­lor Steven Portelli.

She said she had thor­oughly en­joyed her 16 months on coun­cil and hoped her stint would trans­late to a four-year term af­ter the elec­tion.

“I still have a lot of ex­cite­ment and ideas to pro­vide to my com­mu­nity as a coun­cil­lor,” she said.

Steve Blyth, who con­tested the seat of Pearce for The Na­tion­als at the re­cent Fed­eral Elec­tion, has thrown his hat into the ring for an East ward seat.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.