Female representation doubles in Town of Victoria Park following council election

Female representation doubles in Town of Victoria Park following council election

THE Town of Victoria Park will welcome three new female councillors following Saturday’s Local Government Election.

After councillors Keith Hayes and Mark Windram decided not to stand in the Banksia ward, it left it wide open and candidates Karen Vernon and Ronhhda Potter got the votes to claim seats on the council with 872 and 807 votes respectively.

In the Jarrah ward, Bronwyn Ife received 1792 out of 6560 votes and deputy mayor Brian Oliver received 1697 votes.

The only other councillor running, Vince Maxwell, did not retain his seat after receiving 1546 votes.

With three female councillors already on the council, the results mean that there will be six female councillors and two male councillors, alongside Mayor Trevor Vaughan.

Peter Melrosa had the third highest amount of votes in the Banskia ward with 757 votes, compared to the fourth highest voter getter, Eugenie Stockmann, on 741 votes.

In the Banskia ward, there was turnout of 31.52 per cent of voters, compared to a turnout of 32.80 per cent in the Jarrah ward.

The percentage of voters was marginally higher compared to the last election, with 32.16 per cent of voters in Victoria Park taking part this year compared to 30 per cent in 2015.

The candidates will be sworn in at a special council meeting tonight.

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