New City of Perth councillor Steve Hasluck declares ‘fresh start’ for council

City of Perth councillor Steve Hasluck.
City of Perth councillor Steve Hasluck.

“THE fresh start begins now” according to new City of Perth councillor Steve Hasluck.

On Saturday, Mr Hasluck received 2209 votes in the local government election to secure a position on Perth council.

He received more votes than incumbent councillors Reece Harley and James Limnios, who received 2056 and 2009 votes respectively and will serve another term.

The addition of Mr Hasluck and fellow newcomer Lexi Barton, who got 1989 votes, means the exit of Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi supporters Keith Yong and Judy McEvoy, who were not re-elected.

Cr Limnios will tomorrow night contest his position as deputy lord mayor at a special meeting, in which councillors will be sworn in.

In September, he took on the duties of Lord Mayor after Ms Scaffidi stepped back to wait on the results of her State Administrative Tribunal appeals.

Mr Hasluck took to Facebook in the early hours of Sunday night to thank his supporters.

“Thank you Perth. The fresh start begins now. I am grateful for the strong support you have shown me,” he wrote.

He told Guardian Express he would not vie for the deputy mayor position.

“I need to gain experience on council first, but I would not rule it out in the future,” he said.

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