Councillor plans to run for mayor

Councillor John Carey.
Councillor John Carey.

The mayorship, becoming available when Alannah MacTiernan steps down later this year, will comprise less than a two-year term with Vincent planned to split between Stirling and Perth in July 2015.

‘I think we need a strong mayor for that next two years who is going to represent the interests of the community ” who haven’t been given a say about the amalgamations ” and make sure their voice is heard while still continuing to get on with the job of the many other things we’re wanting to do,’ Cr Carey said.

‘I’m giving the role consideration but the priority for me at the moment is getting a community campaign (to fight the merge of parts of Vincent with Stirling) well up and running. I have joined the campaign team ” we had a meeting today (last Thursday) ” and the date is set for August 10 for a community rally on Angove Street, North Perth.’

Cr Carey said he had received many phone calls, emails and verbal comments from residents saying they wanted Vincent to remain together.

‘I think the government has really underestimated how much people in Vincent care about their community and where it is going,’ he said.

‘People are not apathetic. They want to get involved in this campaign and I think we are going to see posters and stickers plastered across people’s houses and shop windows and it will be a real people’s campaign driven from the ground up.