Ballot papers start to go out for City of Fremantle by-election after previous election ruled invalid

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RESIDENTS of South Fremantle and part of Beaconsfield will begin to receive their ballot papers as part of the City of Fremantle’s South ward by-election on March 16.

They will have the choice of three candidates after the October election last year was declared invalid.

Incumbent councillor Andrew Sullivan will re-contest his seat. He said he wanted to continue his eight-year stint on the council.

Andrew Sullivan.

“I wanted to be a council member to ensure we don’t go back to a dysfunctional council, which Fremantle formerly had,” he said.

“I wanted to continue the work that this council has done; although we might not agree on everything we all have the common goal to make Freo better.

“I believe that the Fremantle council does focus on the relevant issues that the community does want us to focus on. We focus on things like arts and cultural programs which clearly go beyond the realm of roads, rates and rubbish.

“I wanted to represent all members of Fremantle, but I want to see development in Beaconsfield which often gets forgotten about and use the opportunity which I have always wanted to see done since the ’80s.

Marija Vujcic, who came third in the October election, will run again. She said she wanted to be the “real voice” of representation in the South ward.

“I am running because I feel as if the council does not represent all members of the community,” she said.

“Local government should represent all people, follow due process and stick to their mandate like collecting rubbish and all the things local governments do.

“There are many issues that need addressing in the area, including the speed bumps in South Terrace, road changes to Scott Street and Hampton Road and safety.

“Genuine consultation is needed with the community; I want to be the real voice of South ward.”

A new candidate who has put his hand up to contest the seat is Chris Williams, a family lawyer who said he was concerned with the direction of the council.

Chris Williams.

“I am concerned with the unsustainable economic modelling, including the sell off of income earning assets,” he said.

“I want to focus on the bread and butter of local government – more community facilities and social services which have been shut down.

“I want to see the community flourish and businesses prosper in the South ward.”

Ballot papers will be delivered to homes in the coming weeks; the election result should be determined on March 16.

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