Future promising

I SINCERELY congratulate Marina Vergone on her election to the office of Mayor of Mandurah.

I’ve had the honour of working alongside Marina for two years, and can vouch for her integrity, leadership qualities and passion for Mandurah.

With only two votes in it, this election could be a case model for ‘every vote counts’. The decisions on our future really are made by those who turn up to vote, and I want to thank all those who took the five minutes to fill out their ballots, and have their say about the future of this great city.

For the past four years, I’ve had the honour of representing our community on the council, and I’m going to miss it.

When at their best, councils are a place of big ideas and vision, of passion and spirit, and a commitment to change for the better.

Despite the white noise, those who put their hand up to be involved in local government do so through a love for their community, and a desire to do their bit for the future.

Being a candidate for mayor has been a remarkable experience. The support I received all along the journey was overwhelming, and I’m very grateful for the experience.

Mandurah has unmatched potential to become a city of vibrancy, innovation and excitement, and local government is best placed to drive this potential to become reality. With this new council of dedicated leaders, a strong mayor in Marina Vergone, and the most committed workforce you can imagine, I am optimistic for our future.

Rhys Williams, Mandurah