Perfect rate of return at election

Returning Joondalup councillors Christine Hamilton-Prime, Kerry Hollywood, John Chester, Mayor Troy Pickard, Liam Gobbert, Philippa Taylor and Russ Fishwick.
Returning Joondalup councillors Christine Hamilton-Prime, Kerry Hollywood, John Chester, Mayor Troy Pickard, Liam Gobbert, Philippa Taylor and Russ Fishwick.

‘Joondalup is the only local government in WA where all elected members were challenged and all elected members returned,’ he said.

‘I think stability is good for a council and the councillors that were returned are good performers, and that’s been recognised by the community.

‘The community did not embrace negative campaigns but they did embrace a positive message that all of the City members communicated during the course of the campaign.’

Mr Pickard was re-elected to the top job for a third term, beating Teresa Ritchie with 57 per cent of the vote.

He said it was a great honour to receive the community’s support.

He said he had publicly endorsed all councillors that asked him to and in return, they included him on their campaign material.

‘That was a message to the community that I thought they were doing a good job,’ he said.

‘The only candidate I didn’t publicly endorse was Philippa Taylor but she never asked me to do so.’

Mr Pickard said councillors could not take their successful return for granted.

‘It’s a good opportunity just to reflect on where we’re at and where we’re going’