SIX Councillors and five members of the public have put their hand up for the title of Canning Mayor in what is shaping up to be a Melbourne Cup-like field in the upcoming local government elections.
Current Canning Mayor Paul Ng has also joined the race, seeking re-election for a second term.
“It has been such an honour to serve the Canning community, for the past four years,” he said.
“The City is moving progressively forward, with many significant projects completed and some under way: upgrading of the leisureplexes, modernisation of the libraries, the Bentley Regeneration project and the transformation of the City Centre.”
“Personally, I find that the most interesting aspect of being a mayor is the many opportunities to connect with the residents at the various Community events and meetings.”
Punters favourite Bannister ward Councillor Patrick Hall said he’s ready for the challenge.
“I genuinely believe it’s time for a change,” he said.
“I believe that Canning needs a mayor who will speak up on behalf of residents, advocate for Canning at every opportunity and has the courage to ask the questions which need to be asked.
“More than anything Canning needs a Mayor who is truly independent of party politics and the influences of interest groups.
“My connection to Canning runs deep and currently four generations of my family live right here in the community.”
Mr Hall grew up in the area and attended a primary school in Riverton.
He and his wife Trudi have four sons, whom they raised in Canning Vale and also attended local schools.
“As your mayor I will act with honesty and integrity and create a welcoming community offering a lifestyle that we can all be proud of, focusing on people and purpose – not politics,” he said.
Another strong contender Beeliar Ward Councillor Yaso Ponnuthurai said she would work tirelessly as Mayor to give women a stronger voice.
“Women’s issues are very close to my heart, particularly women’s health and wellbeing,’’ she said.
“I want to activate, enliven and enrich Canning.
“I want to write the name ‘Canning’ large on the map of WA and make this district a statewide trailblazer.”
A resident in Canning for 23 years Ms Ponnuthurai said she would stay in touch with locals and the real issues.
“I believe we can also build on the multicultural diversity of Canning to attract tourism to our city,’’ she said.
Beeliar ward Councillor Lyndsay Holland, Nicholson Ward Councillor Margaret Hall (no relation to Patrick Hall) and Mason ward councillors, Graham Barry and Jesse Jacobs are all running for Mayor, along with members of the public – Kar Fai (Tom) Ng (no relation to Mayor Ng), Morshedul Hasan, Warren Hill and Steve Klomp.
Ballot papers will be posted to electors on Wednesday 25 September.
Voting closes on Saturday October 19 at 6pm.