EMMA Cole is the new mayor of the City of Vincent. The councillor won in a landslide victory, pulling in 3570 more votes than her opponent Malcolm Boyd.
The community got behind Ms Cole, who has been a councillor since 2013, with 4891 people voting her into the top role.
Mr Boyd, who ran for council in the last election, received 1321 votes.
Jonathan Hallett won the South ward councillor seat that became vacant when Laine McDonald resigned in September last year.
Ms Cole had a low-key celebration with friends, family and campaign volunteers at a Mt Hawthorn venue when the vote count was announced Friday night.
“It’s a thrill and I’m incredibly thankful and it shows me that Vincent is on the right path,” she said.
“I was tired by the campaign so the celebration was nothing too crazy but it was fun to shout friends, family and supporters a drink. It’s been a big team effort.”
Ms Cole said she expected being Mayor would come with a set of challenges.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity and there will be some challenges along the way. I’ll probably have some training wheels on for a little while but I think that having been a councillor for the last three and a bit years has been enormously helpful,” she said.
“I’m going to give it my best shot and I’ve got the best people around me to help me do that.”
She said the top of her agenda for the next financial year was creating better use of open space.
“We are hitting the ground running with our Axford Park improvements and we’re going to push forward with the North Perth town square plan, but I’d like to broaden that agenda and look for better opportunities to create open space,” she said.
Mr Hallett, a Curtin University lecturer, said he would push for sustainability initiatives and transparency.
He said he was keen to look into solar panels for City owned buildings.
“I’m keen to get involved in the 10-year strategy and think about new ways we can engage residents and businesses in planning,” he said.
A council briefing session will be held in chambers tonight at 6pm.