City of Canning local election hopefuls quizzed by ratepayers

AROUND 100 City of Canning ratepayers took the opportunity to grill prospective councillors at an after-hours question and answer seminar last Wednesday .

Mediated by Commissioner Steven Cole, each council nominee spoke for two minutes, and mayoral candidates four minutes, about what they would bring to the council.

The nine mayoral candidates in attendance were keen to ensure the community was well-versed in what each stood for, including across-the-board commitment to establishing collaborative relationships with the administrations.

Candidates Joe Delle Donne and Tim Porter were unable to attend the meeting.

When ratepayers had their turn to grill candidates, the mayoral candidates stepped up to offer their take on pressing questions.

A major point of contention was candidates’ political alliances, with members of the gallery goading candidates to announce how they had voted in previous state and federal elections.

Nominees Jesse Jacobs and Christine Cunningham each said their allegiances to major parties were secondary to their mayoral aspirations and that local government was no place for party politics.

Members of the community called on the candidates to state their whereabouts during the potential amalgamation.

Other than candidate Blair Campbell’s well-documented fight against the amalgamation, some candidates offered they had sent emails to commissioners against the amalgamation.

Mr Cole urged the candidates to take the job seriously, drawing on his own experience as the head commissioner.

“After several years without elected members the City is now ready, renewed and reinvigorated to return to democracy,” he said.

Postal votes close on October 17.