Rockingham council elections: Four out of five councillors keep seats


Before the count – it was a relaxed mood with quiet anticipation at the City of Rockingham Administration building on Saturday night. Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery.
Before the count – it was a relaxed mood with quiet anticipation at the City of Rockingham Administration building on Saturday night. Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery.

FOUR out of five Rockingham councillors have kept their seats in the 2017 local government elections.

Newcomer Mark Jones more than doubled his Comet Bay Ward opponent’s vote with 36.38 per cent (1,736) compared to just 16.91 per cent (797) for incumbent councillor Justin Smith.

The youngest candidate in the election, Courtney Gildersleeve, still returned an impressive result with 25.80% (1216).

Before the count – it was a relaxed mood with quiet anticipation at the City of Rockingham Administration building on Saturday night. Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery.

Baldivis favourite Matt Whitfield sailed through with 80.03 per cent (4817) of the vote to extend his term another four years.

Safety Bay Ward stalwarts Leigh Liley and Deb Hamblin retained their seats with 20.11 per cent (2232) and 19.27 per cent (2139) respectively.

Mayor Barry Sammels kept his Rockingham seat with 19.96 per cent (2372).

Candidates Sally Davies (Safety Bay) and Andrew Burns (Rockingham seat contested). Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery.

However, he is unable to breathe a sigh of relief yet with the role of Mayor and Deputy Mayor still to be decided on Monday.

Those roles will be decided by the current and new councillors at a special council meeting tonight.

Newcomer, Andrew Burns took out the second Rockingham seat with 15.16 per cent (1801) of the vote.

He will fill the seat vacated by Kelly McManus after her early departure in April, 2016.

Voter turnout increased in every ward compared to the 2015 election.