Goodbye after 26 years

The Town�s longest serving councillor, Anne Brinkworth, who was first elected in 1988 then again in 1995 after one year off, will not contest her seat.

After more than 26 years on council, she said it was time to focus on family.

�I have served my time; it is time to get someone younger in,� she said.

Mayor John Gangell, who was first elected 10 years ago, and Jennie Carter, who has served since 2011, have confirmed they will throw their hats back in the ring for the next local government elections.

Cr Carter said she was keen to serve another term and was glad to be able to have the chance to run again.

�Had the City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean amalgamated, I wouldn�t have run,� she said.

�There would not have been a ward, it would have disappeared.�

She said if given the opportunity to serve on council for another term, she would continue to battle multi-storey developments in the quieter areas of Bassendean.

�I am dead against it,� she said.

�I understand the need for these developments near the railway, but not in all areas.�

Cr Gangell said he was definitely looking at coming back on to the council.

�Serving on council is a greatly rewarding experience,� he said.

�Even after this long as mayor, I never feel safe; I don�t take anything for granted.�

He listed $40 million invested in the town, the $20 million shopping centre upgrade, enhancement of the war memorial and underground power in Ashfield as some of the greatest achievements he been involved in during his time on council.

Cr Gangell said Cr Brinkworth would be missed by her fellow councillors.