PERTH’S biggest council has made history, with Mark Irwin becoming Stirling’s first popularly elected mayor.
The incumbent had a nervous three-hour wait for results to be officially announced but need not have worried, having secured nearly 40 per cent of the 38,018 votes.
Mr Irwin told the crowd gathered at the City of Stirling administration building he was humbled and thankful for the result.
“I’m very excited for the future of Stirling and hopefully after tonight we will have a strong team going forward,” he said.
Despite an influx of in-person ballot papers lodged today, only 26 per cent of ratepayers voted in the historic election, which was the first time the City’s mayor was chosen by residents.
Cr Elizabeth Re was the next most popular choice with 23 per cent of votes and Cr Adam Spagnolo, whose campaign signage was prolific throughout the City, won 18.5 per cent.
Former mayor Terry Tyzack received 9.25 per cent, followed by Cr David Lagan with 5.85 per cent and newcomer Sanjeev Gupta on 4.11 per cent.
Mayor: Mark Irwin
Balga ward: Keith Sargent
Coastal ward: Felicity Farrelly
Doubleview ward: Stephanie Proud
Hamersley ward: Chris Hatton and Karlo Perkov
Inglewood ward: David Lagan
Lawley ward: Joe Ferrante
Osborne ward: Lisa Thornton
Melville has a new a Mayor with George Gear defeating long-time incumbent Russell Aubrey last night.
Mr Gear captured 42.28 per cent of the votes ahead of Mr Aubrey (29) and councillor Katy Mair (28.72 per cent).
Mr Aubrey had been Mayor for 12 years after he replaced Mair, who was Mayor for the previous 12 years.
Mayor: George Gear
Applecross-Mt Pleasant ward: Nicholas Pazolli
Bateman-Kardinya-Murdoch ward: Duncan Macphail
Bicton-Attadale-Alfred Cove ward: Glynis Barber
Bull Creek-Leeming ward: Matthew Woodall
Central ward: Margaret Sandford
Palmyra-Melville-Willagee ward: Tomas Fitzgerald
About 23 per cent of Joondalup electors returned their postal ballots, where four councillors retained their seats and there will be two new faces.
Returning councillors include Tom McLean for the North Ward, Russell Poliwka in Central, Nige Jones in North-Central and John Logan in South-East.
Newcomers are John Raftis in the South-West Ward and Suzanne Thompson in the South Ward.
Central ward: Russell Poliwka
North ward: Tom McLean
North-central ward: Nige Jones
South ward: Suzanne Thompson
South-east ward: John Logan
South-west ward: John Raftis
In Wanneroo, about 22 per cent of electors returned their ballots, with more than two thirds voting to keep Tracey Roberts as mayor.
Three councillors retained their seats – Natalie Sangalli in the North Coast Ward, Frank Cvitan in Central and Brett Treby in South.
Former coastal ward councillor Glynis Parker won one of the vacant South Ward seats, and three new faces elected on Saturday are Chris Baker in North Coast, Jacqueline Huntley in Central and Vinh Nguyen in South.
Mayor: Tracey Roberts
Central ward: Jacqueline Huntley and Frank Cvitan
North Coast ward: Chris Baker and Natalie Sangalli
South ward: Glynis Parker, Brett Treby and Vinh Nguyen
Bassendean Mayor Renee McLennan and former mayor John Gangell join two fresh faces on the council.
Cr McLennan, who recorded 2661 votes, will need her fellow councillors to vote for her to remain as Mayor at Tuesday’s induction meeting.
Both Bassendean resident Hilary MacWilliam (1839 votes) and Cr Gangell (1779) will serve a four-year term.
Pararoo soccer player Chris Barty, who finished fourth with 1520 votes, will serve a two-year term following the resignation of Cr Melissa Mykytiuk.
A newcomer has been elected onto Bayswater Council while four existing councillors retained their seats.
Morley resident Steven Otsazewskyj, who also ran in the 2017 election, recorded 1740 votes for Central ward.
Long-time councillor Sally Palmer came second in the Central ward count with 1499 votes to retain her spot.
Current South ward councillor Catherine Ehrhardt and North ward councillor Michelle Sutherland recorded landslide wins to remain on council for four years.
Mayor and West ward councillor Dan Bull was re-elected unopposed last month but would be vying for his fellow councillors’ votes to keep the mayoral position at tonight’s council meeting.
Central ward: Steven Otsazewskyj and Sally Palmer
North ward: Michelle Sutherland
South ward: Catherine Ehrhardt
West ward: Dan Bull
About 40 per cent of Subiaco electors returned their postal ballots, where one councillor retained their seat and there will be five new faces.
Among the returning councillors is Stephanie Stroud for North ward.
Central ward: Lynette Jennings and Angela Hamersley
East ward: Blake Phelan.
North ward: Stephanie Stroud and Rosemarie De Vries
South ward: Rick Powell
About 33 per cent of Nedlands electors returned their postal ballots, where longstanding Mayor Max Hipkins was replaced by previous Hollywood ward councillor Cilla De Lacy.
Three councillors retained their seats and there will be three new faces.
Returning councillors include Leo McManus, Andrew Mangano and John Wetherall.
Mayor: Cilla De Lacy
Coastal ward: Leo McManus
Dalkeith ward: Fergus Bennett and Andrew Mangano
Hollywood ward: John Wetherall
Melvista ward: Rajah Senathirajah Rebecca Coghlan
About 24 per cent of Vincent electors returned their postal ballots, where one councillor retained their seat.
Mayor Emma Cole ran unopposed and there were only two candidates for North Ward to fill the two vacant positions – Cr Dan Loden and Sally Smith.
Returning councillors include Susan Gontaszewski.
South ward: Susan Gontaszewski and Ashley Wallace
About 27 per cent of Mandurah electors returned their postal ballots and two councillors retained their seats. There were 22 candidates.
Returning councillors were Caroline Knight for North Ward and Peter Rogers for Town Ward.
Town ward: Peter Rogers
North ward: Caroline Knight and the first Muslim councillor Ahmed Zilani
East ward: Don Pember
Coastal ward: Jenny Green and Candice Di Prinzio
Beaconsfield ward: Geoff Graham
City ward: Rachel Pemberton
East ward: Su Groome
Hilton ward: Frank Mofflin
North ward: Bryn Jones
South ward: Marija Vujcic
TWO fresh faces joined two incumbents in securing a place on Cockburn’s council for the next four years at the local government elections over the weekend.
Tom Widenbar and Phoebe Cork joined returning councillors Lara Kirkwood and Charmonix Terblanche in being voted onto council until 2023.
Voter participation rate was recorded at 27.93 per cent, which represented a drop from their 2017 election rate of 31.7 per cent.
Central Ward: Tom Widenbar
West Ward: Phoebe Cork
East Ward: Lara Kirkwood and Charmonix Terblanche
There is a new face on council in East Fremantle in the form of Kerry Donovan, who triumphed over the incumbent Andrew White.
He claimed 227 of 480 votes (47.29 per cent) and will be joined on council by Dean Nardi, who returns to council after he won 54.50 per cent of votes in his Ward.
The voter turnout rate reached 31.39 per cent, a severe drop from 2017’s rate of 40.2 per cent.
East Fremantle results:
Woodside Ward: Kerry Donovan
Richmond Ward: Dean Nardi