Local government elections: Mandurah farewells one councillor; Murray three

Tahlia Jones is Mandurah’s newest councillor.
Tahlia Jones is Mandurah’s newest councillor.

THERE will be just one new face sitting among the Mandurah councillors on Tuesday following the local government election at the weekend.

Mandurah said goodbye to long term councillor Don Pember who served on the council for 12 years.

The Mandurah and Murray elections saw four councillors lost their seats, six retain their seats and the election of four new faces.

In North Ward, Caroline Knight received 2209 votes and Ron Wortley 1583.

They retained their seats from Ashley King (1545) and Jo Ward (1088).

Shane Jones (1550) stays in East Ward beating Matt Rogers (1491).

In Coastal Ward, Fred Rebeiling (2256) retained his seat while Don Pember (1388), a councillor for 12 years, lost his.

His seat went to newcomer Tahlia Jones (1583), who rose to the top among Neville Pollard (485) and Rebecca Monck (1410).

Peter Rogers (1537) held Town Ward from Zoe Sutton (416), Veronica Smith (829) and Robert Peatling (119).

Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone congratulated new councillor Tahlia Jones and paid tribute to former councillor Don Pember for his continuous outstanding service to the community.

In Murray, two Coolup women romped home while three long time councillors lost their seats.

Coolup Residents Association president Ange Rogers and former local government staff member Casey Rose can now call themselves Murray councillors, along with Steve Lee who retained his seat and newcomer youth, Yunderup resident David Bolt.

Rogers (1614 votes) took 17.94 per cent of the vote while Rose won 1001 votes, Lee (1212 votes) and Bolt (1213 votes) from Brenda Beacham (982), Barrie Thomson (782) and Enzo Menara (722) who lost their seats and Morris Bessant (709).

The new councillors will serve four year terms.