WITH Armadale’s local elections around the corner, there are some key priorities for both fresh faces and familiar candidates.
Safety is up the top of the list, both in terms of roads and protecting the community from crime, and there are familiar calls for reduced rates and re-evaluation of the rating system.
Candidates are also keen to see new and expanded facilities for the growing community, with Armadale’s population growth one of the fastest in Australia.
The 4 per cent increase in population during 2015-16 was four times the state growth rate.
The largest fields are in Minnawarra ward, which is fielding seven candidates, and Ranford ward, where six candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.
Councillors Donna Shaw, Caroline Wielinga and Carole Frost are all up for re-election in their respective wards, along with Deputy Mayor Ruth Butterfield in River ward.
Councillor Colin Campbell has been re-elected unopposed in Palomino ward.
There have been some changes to City wards this election, with River ward taking on some parts of Mt Nasura, Minnawarra ward expanding to the south and losing parts of Seville Grove and Mt Nasura, and Palomino and Heron wards expanding to include additional parts of Armadale.
Hills ward encompasses the eastern portion of the former Neerigen ward and the majority of the former Jarrah ward.
Lake ward includes the majority of the Piara Waters growth area along with some of Harrisdale and some of Hilbert, and Ranford ward includes the bulk of the former Neerigen ward along with parts of other areas.