Pitch made for Ellenbrook: local government election

TWO candidates are campaigning to win the single Ellenbrook ward seat up for grabs in this year’s City of Swan election.

Either Cate McCullough or Rod Howes will fill the vacancy left by the resigning Ellenbrook ward councillor Natasha Cheung.

The successful candidate will work alongside incumbent councillors Patty Williams and David McDonnell to represent Ellenbrook. The two candidates, who are both long-term Ellenbrook residents, have been busy with their campaigns in the build-up to the October 17 election deadline.

As of Monday, nearly 11 per cent of Ellenbrook residents had cast their vote, which means Ellenbrook ward has the second highest voter participation rate in City of Swan. Ballajura has the highest so far at 12 per cent.

The Advocate asked both Ellenbrook ward candidates their motivation to run.

“It has been something in the back of my mind for a number of years; you just know when the right time is and now is that time,” Ms McCullough said.

“One of my banners is ‘community all the way’; that kind of says it all.

“I don’t want to be a councillor who people just ‘know of’ but a councillor who people actually know.

“I am approachable, personable and ready to sit down and have a coffee at any time to talk.”

Mr Howes said sitting on council was the next logical step to giving back to the community following a volunteering past.

“The catalyst was that as the Ellenbrook area matured, it became obvious that the vision for the area promised by the developers fell short of the community expectation and the council is left to pick up after the developers at a cost to the ratepayers,” he said.

“My goal is to ensure that infrastructure is in place at inception that is enduring, pragmatic and fit-for-purpose, not just a short-lived sales gimmick.”

Neither Ms McCullough nor Mr Howes are aligned to a political party.

Swan’s election is being held by post but postal voting packages can be hand-delivered on polling day to Midland Town Hall between 8am and 6pm on October 17.

Voters can also hand deliver their package to an electoral officer at the City of Swan administration building during business hours before election day.