AFTER receiving an award for long service to the council, City of Gosnells councillor Wayne Barrett plans to go around for another term so he can continue serving the community.
Cr Barrett received a Long and Loyal Service Award at the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) convention.
He is now in his 13th year of being a councillor and is up for re-election at this October’s council elections.
Cr Barrett said he would definitely go for re-election to the council.
He said being a councillor involved doing a lot of work to help out the community.
“You meet lots of different people from all different walks of life,” he said.
“Sometimes people are happy and sometimes people are not going to like decisions that are made.
“You are supposed to be a conduit for residents and ratepayers.”
He said councillors were just regular people.
“I keep telling people that people in local government are not pollies,” he said.
“We are normal residents like you guys.
“We don’t have campaign headquarters here.”
Along with being on the council, Cr Barrett is also a council delegate on the Perth Airports Municipalities Group, a coalition of 12 local governments that represents local residents on matters relating to aircraft noise and flight paths.
Cr Barrett is a life member at Thornlie Football Club, where he is chairman of directors, and was one of seven people recognised for 30 years of Lifetime Volunteering in WA at the Clubs WA 2015 Awards for Excellence this year.