Former State Liberal MP Abetz elected to City of Gosnells council

Peter Abetz.
Peter Abetz.

FORMER Member for Southern River Peter Abetz comprehensively claimed a seat in the City of Gosnells council elections.

Mr Abetz won 8.36 per cent of the votes with a total of 9135, the most of any of the 30 candidates.

He held the seat of Southern River for the Liberal Party in the State Government between 2008 and 2017, before he was ousted by former councillor Terry Healy in March’s State Election.

Mayor Olwen Searle held her seat, as did deputy mayor Julie Brown, with 5.75 per cent and 5.52 per cent of the votes respectively.

Councillor David Goode also retained his council seat with 5 per cent of the vote, but fellow councillor Bill Wiffen was not so lucky as he fell short by roughly 1400 votes.

Carey-Ann Brett secured a seat on the council for the first time with the second most votes overall as she won 6899 votes at 6.32 per cent of the total vote.

Julie Jones also won a seat with a total 5247 votes at 4.8 per cent to secure the final four-year term on council.

Serena Williamson won the sole two-year term and the final spot on the council after she claimed 4811 votes at 4.4 per cent.

City of Gosnells will now return to 12 councillors after operating with 10 councillors since Mr Healy and Pierre Yang resigned in February to run in the State Election.

Overall, voter turnout increased almost 5 per cent from the 2015 council elections, rising from 22.98 per cent to 27.91 per cent.

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