City of Wanneroo to keep Winton’s council seat vacant until October elections

City of Wanneroo to keep Winton’s council seat vacant until October elections

THE City of Wanneroo will seek to keep vacant the council seat vacated by Sabine Winton following the State Election until local government elections are held in October.

The council approved a recommendation at its April 4 meeting to note the north coast ward vacancy created when the Nowergup resident was elected Wanneroo MLA on March 11.

Rather than hold an extraordinary election, it agreed to seek approval from the WA Electoral Commissioner to allow the vacancy to remain unfilled until the elections on October 21.

The report to council said the remaining four ward councillors would fill the 80 per cent of five seats required within the ward under the Local Government Act. The council also agreed to advise the Local Government Minister of its intention to not hold an extraordinary election in the north coast ward.

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At the April 4 meeting, Mayor Tracey Roberts presented Mrs Winton with framed photos and flowers in appreciation of her time on the council since 2013.

Mrs Roberts said the Labor MP was well known within the community, having attended schools in Yanchep and Wanneroo after her family migrated to Perth from Germany.

She completed a teaching degree at Murdoch University and had a 27-year teaching career, which she put on hold to contest the election.

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The former north coast ward councillor attended the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting on March 27 and said Yanchep was still her “spiritual home” as she grew up there.

As well as looking after the Wanneroo electorate, Mrs Winton said she would be holding Butler MLA John Quigley to account for his commitments to the region.

“I was stunned that he was able to get such great commitments for his patch,” she said.

Mrs Roberts also acknowledged councillors Linda Aitken and Hugh Nguyen, who were candidates in the State Election but did not win seats.

She then praised former City employee Jessica Stojkovski for winning the Kingsley seat.

Mrs Stojkovski had worked as a planner there since March 2015.