Long-standing Bassendean councillor Gerry Pule to step down; councillor Paul Bridges also won’t seek re-election


Gerry Pule will step down from council after a decade representing the people of Bassendean.
Gerry Pule will step down from council after a decade representing the people of Bassendean.

LONG-standing Bassendean councillor Gerry Pule will hang up his suit and tie in November after serving the Town for 10 years.

Cr Pule, who started on council in 2007 and stepped down as deputy mayor at the last local government election, was on several committees including the Bassendean River Parks Management Committee, Bassendean Oval Project Control Group, Disability Access and Inclusion Committee and Town Planning Scheme Review Committee, and said he had enjoyed serving the town.

Cr Paul Bridges will join Cr Pule in November in resigning his position after a four-year stint.

Cr Bridges’ first appearance at council after being elected in 2013 created quite the stir when he turned up wearing a WWI Australian Army uniform.

The attire was a silent protest opposing the relocation of the Town’s war memorial.

Cr Bridges told the Eastern Reporter he wore the uniform as worn by diggers who fought and fell, and that were listed on the memorial, to keep the issue of moving the war memorial front and centre.

“My election material stated that moving the memorial was disrespectful and that it should be upgraded in its current location – in the heart of town,” he said.

“People voted for me based on the issues I stand for, not because I’m a nice person.”

At the time he received the highest percentage of votes at the local elections, ahead of Crs Mike Lewis and Gerry Pule, but his battle was lost after the war memorial was relocated to BIC Reserve in April 2015.

Mayor John Gangell said both councillors would be missed.

“I would like to thank Gerry for his commitment and dedication to the Town of Bassendean and above all his loyalty, friendship and support,” he said.

“Gerry’s statesmanship will be greatly missed on council, and although Paul and I have had our differences, I appreciate his passion for what he believes in.”