New mayor to make his mark in City of Canning

City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng.
City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng.

ABOUT 30 per cent of City of Canning ratepayers had their say in council elections, with Rossmoyne resident Paul Ng elected mayor with 3376 votes.

The first democratically elected council in three years installed 11 representatives, none of whom had previously been on council.

It was a definitive win for Mr Ng, whose nearest competitor Jesse Jacobs tallied 2713 votes.

Speaking to the Canning Times last month, Mr Ng committed to cutting the Mayor’s sitting fee in half and solving the City’s finance issues.

The semi-retired businessman said sacrifice started at the top.

“We are living in difficult financial times and surely everyone should sacrifice for the community,” he said.

His campaign was highly critical of rate rises and vowed to keep rates low and to address possible over-staffing in the City’s administration.

He will be joined on council by other members similarly committed to a transparent and financially stable local government.

Ben Kunze secured a four-year term in Bannister Ward with 16 per cent of the vote, while Patrick Hall will sit for two years after achieving 14 per cent of the vote.

Lindsay Holland won 45 per cent of the vote to be elected for four years on council in the Beeliar Ward, while fellow representative David Brown attracted 16 per cent of the vote and will sit until October 2017.

The newly established Beeloo Ward voted in Christine Cunningham for four years with 18 per cent of the vote and Pauline Tarrant for two years with 14 per cent.

Jesse Jacobs will sit for four years in the Mason Ward after achieving 26 per cent of the vote, while Ayse Martli achieved 16 per cent and will sit for two years. Margaret Hall and Tim Porter will represent Nicholson Ward, achieving a four and two year term respectively.

The mayor and councillors will be sworn in at the City of Canning council chambers tonight.