City of Bayswater mayor McKenna returned, while Bassendean voters opt for big changes

Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna.
Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna.

FIVE fresh faces will be sworn into the City of Bayswater council following a tight finish in the Local Government Election on Saturday.

Filomena Piffaretti and Stephanie Gray were elected to North ward after getting 23.11 per cent and 21.80 per cent of votes while Michelle Sutherland failed in her bid for re-election.

Lorna Clarke and Bayswater-based Cool Breeze Cafe owner Giorgia Johnson took out two vacant spots in the West ward with 23.35 per cent and 21 per cent of votes respectively.

The pair beat outgoing councillor and former mayor Terry Kenyon.

Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association president Elli Petersen-Pik beat Kate Thomson and former Greens state candidate Robyn Walsh to claim South ward with 43.75 per cent of votes.

City of Bayswater Freeman Barry McKenna (53.26 per cent) retained his spot in Central ward over sole competitor Steven Ostaszewskyj (46.74 per cent).

In Bassendean, a new-look council will be sworn in after residents opted for change.

More than 15,000 residents voted this year with Sarah Quinton (12.50 per cent), Jai Wilson (14.09 per cent), Melissa Mykytiuk (14.24 per cent) and Kath Hamilton (12.33 per cent) receiving most votes.

Outgoing deputy mayor Mike Lewis, who aligned himself with candidates Jessica Strauss, Craig Lucanus and George Copley as part of the Keep Bassendean Moving team, received just 6.96 per cent of votes to be ousted after two terms.

Bassendean’s new councillors will be sworn in at a special council meeting tonight at 7pm.

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