Adams returned as mayor

New councillor Bob Thompson with Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Deputy Mayor Peter Feasey.
New councillor Bob Thompson with Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Deputy Mayor Peter Feasey.

Cr Adams was re-elected as mayor just days after submitting a bold proposal to the local government advisory board, with plans to expand Kwinana’s borders north to Beeliar Drive/Armadale Road.

Cr Adams held her position in Kwinana’s council after receiving 22.38 per cent in the local government elections over the weekend.

It came down to a lucky draw for Councillor Peter Feasey, who ousted former deputy mayor Ruth Alexander, who was re-elected to council with 12.34 per cent.

The councillors drew a tied vote for the position, leaving it up to Kwinana CEO Joanne Abbiss to pull a name from a bucket.

Cr Feasey said he was looking forward to working with all councillors and officers to ensure residents were getting the best services in the community.

‘I am surprised and honoured to have been elected as deputy mayor,’ he said.

Cr Sandra Lee was also re-elected to council, receiving 12.8 per cent and new Councillor Bob Thompson won the final seat with 11.81 per cent.

The WA Electoral Commission said its fears were realised when average voter participation fell to just 28 per cent, a drop of 3 per cent on the 2011 election. Kwinana dropped further than the State’s average, with a turnout of 24.02 per cent.

Cr Adams told the Courier said she was thrilled the council had confidence to elect her for a further term.

‘There is a huge amount of preparation and planning required to accommodate the growth of Kwinana’s recent proposal, but I am confident this council and executive are up to the task,’ she said.