Bowing out after one-vote loss in Bassendean council election

Former Bassendean councillor Jennie Carter.                                                        d438448
Former Bassendean councillor Jennie Carter.                                            d438448

THERE is life after serving on the Bassendean council for Jennie Carter.

The former councillor missed out on a return to the council at this month’s local government election by one vote behind fellow candidate Renee McLennan.

It was Mrs Carter’s second term on the council after a stint in the late 1980s, but the author said she was now happy to explore other things.

“I have another book to finish and I have my family and grandchildren,” she said.

“Some of my proudest moments on the council were trying to preserve the wetlands and making the committee more open for residents to contribute and working on the Aboriginal reconciliation action plan.

“I won’t run again in the next election, I want to thank all my supporters.”

Mrs Carter was voted on to council in 1987 and served three years, but did not nominate again until years later.

“I had a young family and wrote my first book, it was too much,” she said. “My husband was on council for many years until 2005.”

Mrs Carter welcomed Cr McLennan into local politics. “I have spoken with her and I like her ideas and her energy,” she said.