NEWLY elected Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright says the council has experienced a “culture shock” after this month’s council elections.
Two of Swan’s most experienced councillors – former mayor Charlie Zannino and Ballajura councillor Mel Congerton – were not re-elected and there are five newcomers.
Midland/Guildford ward’s Mark Elliott and Altone ward’s David Lucas were the only incumbents to be re-elected.
The vote for mayor was between North ward councillor Kevin Bailey and Mick Wainwright from Altone ward.
Cr Wainwright won 9-4.
He has served 10 years on the council and held the office of deputy mayor for the past six.
“I will put a lot of work into this role,” he said.
“I want to ensure City of Swan is regarded as one of the best cities in WA and Australia.”
Cr Wainwright grew up in the local region before joining the Army and spending 20 years serving his country.
“The Army was great; it taught me discipline, self-confidence and to be reliable,” he said.
“These skills, as well as the values my mother taught me, like honesty and integrity, have application in so many areas of life and will help me with the new challenge ahead.”
The deputy mayor position was determined in a nail-biting 7-6 ballot, with Cr Lucas edging out North ward’s Cr Bailey.
With 23 years’ experience of service, Cr Lucas is one of the longest serving council members.
“It was my time to step up to the plate having retired from full-time work,” he said.
“I’ll be open, honest and I want this City to succeed.”
Councillors also nominated for committee representation.
Cr Fardig will continue to represent City of Swan at the EMRC, while Cr David McDonnell takes Mr Zannino’s position on the regional council.