Third try a win for mayor

Winner of the seat of Belmont, Liberal Glenys Godfrey, with Carlisle Primary School students. Ms Godfrey won the seat by 330 votes.
Winner of the seat of Belmont, Liberal Glenys Godfrey, with Carlisle Primary School students. Ms Godfrey won the seat by 330 votes.

Ms Godfrey was formally declared the winner on the weekend with a 13.2 per cent swing in her favour, making her the first Liberal to represent the district since its formation in 1989.

As votes were counted last week, Ms Godfrey continued to lead not only in the two-candidate preferred vote but in first preferences too.

It was a case of third time lucky for Ms Godfrey, who ran unsuccessfully in the 2001 and 2004 State elections against long-serving Labor MP Eric Ripper, who resigned from State politics this year.

During that time, Ms Godfrey has been a councillor for the City of Belmont for 15 years, including six years as mayor, something she said had contributed to her winning this year’s election.

‘I think it’s a combination of a lot of things, it’s knowing your community and knowing what the local issues are, and having lived, worked in Belmont for over 20 years,’ she said. ‘I was always sure I would win. Our committee worked hard to win so that’s paid off. I love Belmont and I feel we need strong representation in our community.’

Liberal party state director Ben Morton said Ms Godfrey would be a great worker for the Belmont community due to her long history with the area.

‘We were very pleased that Glenys decided to stand for the Liberal Party because we know she is the best person to represent the local area,’ he said.

Ms Godfrey said that over the next four years she planned to lobby for State and Federal funding for local projects to make Belmont a lovely place to live and work.

‘We have the airport and the Kewdale freight marshalling yards, and we have river frontage and we have one of the best town planning schemes in the metropolitan area ” so I think we have it all going for us but we haven’t been given fair funding,’ she said.