New faces on council at Town of Bassendean

THE Town of Bassendean has two new faces after last weekend’s local government election.

Ren`ee McLennan and Bob Brown are the new additions, with Ms McLennan receiving 939 votes and Mr Brown 1152 votes.

Councillor Jennie Carter was edged out by a single vote behind Ms McLennan, ending her time on the council.

Mayor John Gangell took out the most votes, with 1735 voters re-electing him.

“I am very overwhelmed with the amount of support I have had from the community,” Cr Gangell said.

He said he would put his hat back in the ring to be mayor for another term.

Councillors will vote on their mayor at a meeting tonight where new councillors will be sworn in.

Ms McLennan is a physiotherapist, university lecturer and fifth-generation Bassendean resident.

During her campaign, she said if elected she wanted to contribute to the future of the community and give a voice to the growing number of young families.

Among her campaign promises was meaningful community consultation, development of nature spaces, sensible strategic town planning and reasonable rates.

It was the second time Ms McLennan has run for council.

“I made an effort to connect with councillors and community group members and they encouraged me to get my name out there,” Ms McLennan said.

“I was surprised to be successful on this attempt was due to the number of excellent candidates that ran this time.

“I am pleased to be elected.”

Ms McLennan said she would not run for the mayor’s position.

Mr Brown’s promise to ensure ethics, integrity and value for money in commercial relationships helped secure him a spot on the council.

The boilermaker turned WA Police Tactical Response Group commander said he would engage with business to support active youth programs and volunteers.