Two new faces elected to City of Wanneroo council

Paul Miles is back on City of Wanneroo's council.
Paul Miles is back on City of Wanneroo's council.

CITY of Wanneroo will have two new faces and five familiar ones in council chambers following the 2017 Local Government Election.

Nine years after leaving council to become a State MP, former Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles will be among those returning to the chambers after winning 22.45 per cent of the vote in the Central ward.

History of the 2008 State Election appears to have repeated itself with his win resulting in Dianne Guise losing her seat.

Mr Miles will join councillor Dot Newton, who has served on the council since 2001 and retained her seat with 16.35 per cent of this year’s vote.

In the South ward, both Domenic Zappa and Hugh Nguyen retained their seats for a second term by winning 26.3 and 18.32 per cent of the vote respectively.

Linda Aitken also retained her north coast ward seat for a second four-year term with 11.4 per cent of the vote, but Glynis Parker lost hers.

Newcomers from the 16 candidates for her seat and one left vacant when Sabine Winton defeated Mr Miles in the March State Election are Sonet Coetzee on 11.22 per cent and Lewis Flood on 10.61 per cent.

In the South ward, more than 29 per cent of the 38,020 eligible voters returned their ballots in the postal vote.

In the Central ward, the return rate was about 28 per cent of a total 34,262 voters and the rate from the North Coast ward’s 44,500 eligible voters was more than 25 per cent.

In the Shire of Gingin, the turnout rate was 42.45 per cent, with James Morton, Kim Rule, Jacqui Lobb and Frank Johnson winning seats.

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