City of Vincent Mayor in the running again for top job

City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole. Picture supplied.
City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole. Picture supplied.

CITY of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole has enjoyed her time representing Vincent so much she has decided to run for the top job again.

“I love the role, local government and the ability to connect with people in the community and see what community groups, town teams and businesses are up to – it’s a rewarding role,” she said.

The long-time Mt Hawthorn resident won the position after a special election in February 2017 when John Carey ran for the state seat of Perth.

Ms Cole said she had enjoyed being instrumental in saying “yes” to the small things.

“It’s been great to do the small things like saying yes to allow swings in verge trees and allowing people to come out and play and connect with their neighbour and make it easier to have street parties for our residents,” she said.

Ms Cole said if re-elected as Mayor she was keen to cut red tape.

“We’re keen to explore further red tape reduction for our local businesses and town centres and we’ve had recent announcements of 12-month change of use amnesty on Beaufort Street,” she said.

“More recently I pushed really hard to cut permit fees for local bricks and mortar food businesses so they can go mobile at our local events we’re holding in public places.”

Dan Loden and Deputy Mayor Susan Gontaszewski will be renominating as councillors in this year’s elections.

Councillors Roslyn Harley and Jimmy Murphy will not be recontesting.

Cr Harley said she felt “incredibly fortunate” to have served under three excellent Mayors, including Ms Cole, and Cr Murphy said he was “humbled” by his fellow councillors’ response to his choice to not run again.