New mayor wants to project Stirling as an action-packed council

Mayor Giovanni Italiano.
Mayor Giovanni Italiano.

Cr Italiano was last Tuesday elected unopposed as Mayor after Cr David Boothman chose not to re-contest the council’s top role.

He said local government reform was his top priority and he was seeking a meeting with Local Government Minister Tony Simpson to insist Stirling’s boundaries remain untouched.

‘As one of my first points of business, I will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Local Government to ensure he understands the council’s resolve in this regard,’ he said.

‘We cannot sit by and see parts of our council carved up to the detriment of all our ratepayers.’

The Osborne ward representative assured ratepayers $30 million of council money was set aside for the major revitalisation of the Scarborough beachfront, which would go ahead as soon as possible.

‘We have $30 million set aside for the (Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority) MRA and of course we’ve got a contribution there from the West Australian Government for $30 million so there is $60 million allocated for that’