HE has served a 14-year apprenticeship as a councillor and now environmentalist John Daw is taking the helm as president of the Shire of Mundaring.
Cr Daw has been vocal in his opposition to fracking in the Hills, and the protection of natural areas from development.
“I want the Shire to have the best environmental initiatives and the best environmental leadership in local government in WA,” he said.
Cr Daw said the election of five new councillors demonstrated the community wanted change.
“This election has given a significant message,” he said.
“With five newly elected councillors, residents and ratepayers of the district clearly want change, reform and improvement, in how the local government is run.
“There will be no secrets during my presidency.
“When there is a split vote, I will consider both sides of the debate and vote according to the most beneficial and wiser argument.
“Any final decision I make will be based on what can be of proven benefit for the community and I will explain my decision to council.
“We need to wisely use ratepayer money, to the betterment of the community all the while maintaining halls, facilities and amenity.”
Cr Lynn Fisher was elected as deputy president.
“I support Cr Daw’s ambition to lead a productive, collegial council and establish excellent communications with the community,” she said.