New blood elected to Joondalup council

Top: The new Joondalup council.
New blood elected to Joondalup council
Top: The new Joondalup council.

IT has been a big few days for one Joondalup councillor who was re-elected to his seat on Saturday and voted deputy mayor on Tuesday.

Tom McLean held off Mary O’Byrne, the only other nominee in the North ward, to secure the seat with 53 per cent of the votes.

He was then elected deputy mayor at a special council meeting on Tuesday night.

Before the meeting, the City held a ceremony where State Attorney-General and Commerce Minister Michael Mischin swore in the six winning candidates.

The four new councillors are Nige Jones (North Central ward), Russell Poliwka (Central ward), John Logan (South East ward) and Sophie Dwyer (South ward).

Mike Norman (South West ward) and Cr McLean were re-elected to their seats.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard welcomed the new councillors and said he was looking forward to working together.

“I especially commend three of our new elected members who defeated incumbent councillors, which is never an easy task,” he said.

“Our council has a wonderful diversity of ages, experience, background and interests – diversity that I know will ably represent the broad cross section which comprises our community.

“Let us never take for granted the position we hold or the support and trust that the community has placed in us to serve the broader interests of the City.

“We are in an incredible position as a council, the strongest it has ever been, as we continue to create a great City to live, learn, work and visit.”