Councillors focus on end game

Main picture: Tony Romano, Lee-Anne Smith and Kevin Allen. Top: Bart Houwen.
Main picture: Tony Romano, Lee-Anne Smith and Kevin Allen. Top: Bart Houwen.

West ward councillors Tony Romano and Kevin Allen, central ward’s Bart Houwen and east ward’s Lee-Anne Smith all said in a chat with the Gazette that now was not the time for change.

‘At a time of great change in local government, experience and a firm understanding of local government sector and its workings is very important to ensure that Cockburn gets the best outcome for its ratepayers,’ Mr Romano said.

‘Many decisions of a strategic and financial nature will need to be made and I believe that I am the best person to act for the Cockburn community.’

Mr Romano said he had the passion to continue with the many unfinished major projects and initiatives currently underway that need to be managed to completion. It was the same for Ms Smith who pleaded with residents to give her another crack.

‘I feel I have committed myself well to the east ward and look forward to building on my hard work,’ she said.

‘Let me finish what you elected me to do. This is a crucial time for council like no other I have seen in Cockburn. This is not the time for change.’

Central ward’s Bart Houwen said he wanted more time to apply everything he had learned in his first term.

‘My learning and training from my first term have added to my business and community enterprise experience, (which means I have strong) oversight capabilities to city finances and services.’

Kevin Allen, who is also running as a candidate for the position of Mayor, said his six years as deputy mayor, experience in the financial industry and his history with community groups meant he was deserving of another term.

THE KEY ISSUES:
Kevin Allen: Amalgamation, police coverage, traffic congestion.
Tony Romano: Maintaining council rates, creating local job opportunities, safety and security.
Bart Houwen: City finances, traffic congestion, anti-social behaviour.
Lee-Anne Smith: Transport strategies, community safety, amalgamations.