CITY of Cockburn councillors and Mayor Logan Howlett will decide at tomorrow night’s council meeting when residents of Cockburn’s east ward will vote again as part of an Extraordinary Election following the sudden death of long-standing councillor Steve Portelli on Australia Day.
The recommendation will see councillors and Mr Howlett vote to hold the Extraordinary Election on Wednesday May 2, in accordance with Section 4.61 (2) of the Local Government Act 1995, and conduct it via postal vote.
An estimated $50,000 is required within the Governance (Elections) Account to cover costs associated with the election.
Mr Portelli, who was first elected to Council in 2011 and again in 2015, was the chair of the City’s Neighbourhood Watch Reference Group where he continued the fight against crime, and the education and awareness of crime prevention by actively engaging with Neighbourhood Watch members, Co-Safe and WA Police.
At the time of Mr Portelli’s passing Mr Howlett paid tribute to the councillor known for his passion and commitment to the City.
“To serve one’s community is a great honour and Steve gave it his all,” he said.
“Vale Councillor Steven Portelli – may you rest in peace.”
As a mark of respect the City’s flags also flew at half mast.
Mr Portelli is survived by four daughters and his partner.
His funeral is planned for Friday.