Two new faces to grace City of Melville council

Steve Kepert.
Steve Kepert.

THERE will be two new faces on Melville council and a return of a familiar one following Saturdays local government elections.

Cameron Schuster’s bid for re-election in the Applecross-Mt Pleasant ward was road-blocked by Steve Kepert.

The business consultant, who previously said he wanted to reverse the council’s approval and financial support for the wave park at Alfred Cove, gathered close to 45 per cent of votes to claim the seat.

He earned 600 more votes than Cr Schuster.

Deputy Mayor Rebecca Aubrey was convincingly beaten for the central ward seat by former Mayor Katy Mair.

Ms Mair, who spent 12 years at the helm between 1995 and 2007, received 53 per cent of votes.

Cr Aubrey received 31 per cent.

Patricia Phelan gathered the second largest amount of votes in the Palmyra-Melville-Willagee ward.

Her 18.7 per cent return earner her a two year term, seeing her slot into the seat Lisa O’Malley vacated after she became the State member for Bicton earlier this year.

The four-year term was won by Karen Wheatland, a tugboat worker in Fremantle who is also on the executive at the Fremantle Netball Association and a Palmyra Rebels coach.

She earned 32.9 per cent of votes.

Nicole Foxton easily retained her seat in the Bateman-Kardinya-Murdoch ward, receiving 56.5 per cent of votes.

June Barton won the two-horse race with John Watters for the Bicton-Attadale-Alfred Cove ward, claiming the seat with 65.8 per cent of votes.

Bull Creek-Leeming incumbent Clive Robartson won another four year term after receiving 64.5 per cent of votes.