Merits of ward system first on mayor’s agenda: Gosnells

NEWLY elected Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said one of the first things she plans to do is to get the council to look at whether wards are a possibility.

Cr Searle was elected mayor of Gosnells for the fourth time at a special council meeting on October 19.

She first served as mayor between 1993 and 1996 and then again between 2007 and 2011.

The council has not had wards since 2009.

Cr Searle said that was initially because of the massive growth in the area, especially in Southern River, which would have caused ward boundaries to constantly change.

“The first thing I am going to do is get chief executive Ian Cowie to write a list of what is good and bad with wards,” she said.

“The reason why we did not have it in the first place was because of the unprecedented growth, but it is a bit more stable now.

“We have to make a good decision whether to do it or not.”

Councillor Julie Brown will be the deputy mayor, after she defeated former deputy mayor Ron Mitchell 7-5 in a vote.

Cr Brown has been on council for 23 years.