Nominations open for Wanneroo council candidates

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NEXT month’s local government elections could be tightly contested with several people indicating plans to nominate for seats in the City of Wanneroo.

A range of people from community groups, political parties and incumbent councillors have indicated intentions to run in the October local government elections, with nominations opening today.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said she remained passionate and would seek to be re-elected for a third term as mayor for the fast-growing City.

Tracey Roberts.

Mrs Roberts was elected mayor in 2011, eight years after first being elected to the council in the then-Coastal Ward, and re-elected in 2015.

“I have a lifelong passion for community and helping others,” she said.

“I believe that everybody should have the opportunity to live in a safe, vibrant, inclusive and connected community.

“The City of Wanneroo is one of the largest growing local authorities in Australia, with that comes challenges and responsibility.

“I have successfully led advocacy, with strength and dignity, for multi-million dollar investment from State and Federal Government to benefit residents.

“My qualifications and experience in business management and local government has ensured financially responsible and environmentally sustainable growth across the City.

“I am nominating for mayor because I care about our communities; care about people and the place we all call home.

“With the primary focus on community prosperity, I am funding my own campaign and I am not politically aligned.”

Paul Miles.

While other candidates are yet to be confirmed, Central Ward Councillor and former Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles, who still has two years in his term, told Community News he had considering whether or not to run for mayor.

“At this stage I still haven’t made up my mind (whether) I want to represent the people of Wanneroo by becoming their mayor,” the former Liberal MP said.

Half the council seats will be up for grabs during the October election, with terms ending for five current councillors – Frank Cvitan and Samantha Fenn in Central Ward, Natalie Sangalli and Russell Driver in North Coast, and Brett Treby in South.

There are another two vacant seats in the South Ward following resignations of Lara Simpkins last year and Denis Hayden in July.

A range of people from community and business backgrounds have indicated plans to nominate, including several Liberal Party members.

Nominations will close on September 12 – visit www.elections.wa.gov.au.

Nominating for a Wanneroo seat? Email your details to wt@communitynews.com.au

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