Councillors lose their seats: City of Bayswater election

CITY of Bayswater electors voted in four new councillors and one existing councillor in the council election on the weekend.

Former mayor Sylvan Albert was not re-elected, with Maylands business owner and mother Catherine Ehrhardt elected for the South ward with 451 more votes.

In her campaign profile, Cr Ehrhardt said her vision for the City was to reconnect the community by creating public spaces where people wanted to spend time, supporting growing local businesses and encouraging inclusive community events and festivals.

Her pledge as a councillor included fighting to ensure the council operated cohesively with transparency and accountability, increase staffing and patrols of rangers and security services and conserve bushlands, wetlands, riverbanks and open spaces for future generations.

With a 24.9 per cent elector turn out, Central ward candidates and campaign companions Sally Palmer (1314 votes) and Chris Cornish (re-elected with 1279 votes) were elected over former councillor Michael Sabatino, Jonathon Jones and Hadi Assanteh.

Cr Palmer, who was a councillor from 2007 to 2011, said she looked forward to continuing her work with “a great combination” of young and senior knowledgeable people. Cr Cornish said together they ran a campaign based on “truth, sincerity and an achievable, realistic platform”.

“It was a relief to have this and our previous work acknowledged by the public who deemed us worthy of a second four-year term,” he said.

The 27.76 per cent of West ward electors who voted chose Dan Bull over former councillor Martin Toldo and Paul Shanahan.

With 1704 votes, Cr Bull said he spent about three months committed to walking the pavement and trying to introduce himself to as many people as he could and would continue to do so throughout his term.

North ward electors voted in Brent Fleeton with 854 votes, 41 more than former councillor Mike Anderton and 284 more than Jacquie Kelly.

Cr Fleeton said he stood for lower rates and lower spending on non-core government areas.

“I know it was a very small margin but I still won and I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure the priorities of council match up with what I ran for in my campaign,” he said.

A special council meeting was scheduled to be held last night to elect the new mayor, deputy mayor and appoint councillors to various committees.