Unfinished business drives Italiano: Stirling Council

AFTER his re-election to Stirling Council last Saturday, Giovanni Italiano says he will “undoubtedly” run for mayor again in tonight’s mayoral elections.

Cr Italiano won by only 33 votes over new candidate Teresa Olow in a close election for the Osborne Ward.

He said he was proud of his achievements over the past two years.

“It’s a fantastic feeling and a wonderful result to be re-elected to serve my community for another four years,” Cr Italiano said.

“I look back at the past two years and the things we’ve managed to achieve like the pool at Scarborough which was a great achievement after many years of work, the revitalisation of Scarborough in conjunction with Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the advent of the $450 million Innaloo shopping centre redevelopment,” he said.

Unsuccessful candidate Ms Olow said she would run for council again at the next election.

“I want to thank the community and my supporters very much for supporting me through this period to the election,” Ms Olow said.

“Even though I wasn’t elected I’m still there for the community.”

Cr Italiano said his service to the community was the main reason for his re-election.

“It was a hard-fought contest but at the end of the day I guess I prevailed because of the hard work I put in,” he said.

“I’ll be putting my hand up to run for mayor again because I want to see the things we’ve started through to the end.

“I’d hate to think they’ve been initiated and I won’t be there to support the projects because there is a lot more work to do.”

Stirling councillors will be sworn in tonight and elect a mayor and deputy mayor.