Women in the ascendancy at City of Wanneroo

Successful Wanneroo candidates  with councillors and staff.
Successful Wanneroo candidates with councillors and staff.

GENDER imbalance has swung towards women at the City of Wanneroo after the October 17 elections.

Voter support has seen three women joining the council, replacing two men and one woman, and shifting the ratio from eight men to seven women to six-nine.

Successful candidates, including newcomers Lara Simpkins, Natalie Sangalli and Samantha Fenn, were sworn in on October 19 alongside re-elected Mayor Tracey Roberts and councillors Brett Treby, Denis Hayden, Frank Cvitan and Russell Driver.

Edith Cowan University and Curtin University political analyst Harry Phillips said there was a trend towards more women on councils and in prominent political roles.

“It is now more viable for a woman to stand for mayor and have victory,” Dr Phillips said.

At the City of Joondalup the imbalance has remained the same, with four women and nine men.