Cambridge mayor in re-election bid

Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon at the end of the new Whadjuk Trail.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie   d448305
Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon at the end of the new Whadjuk Trail. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d448305

CAMBRIDGE mayor Keri Shannon is seeking re-election, saying she wants to continue making the Town more effective and efficient.

Ms Shannon replaced former two-term mayor Simon Withers in 2015, after she rallied against proposed increased density in City Beach, Floreat and Mt Claremont.

“If I am re-elected I would hope to continue my efforts to make the Town more effective and efficient through the use of performance benchmarks for service delivery,” she said.

“These measures will be a key factor in the ability of our council to exercise oversight in terms of service delivery and continue to keep rates low.”

Cambridge mayor Keri Shannon.

She said she would also support delivery of the Community Shed at Lake Monger, restoring water permanently to Perry Lakes, an increased variety of community events and ensuring safer pedestrian access across Lake Monger Drive.

Several councillors last year tried unsuccessfully to use a council meeting to censure Ms Shannon and in July, former Wembley ward councillor Jo McAllister resigned amid claims of bullying.

Ms McAllister claimed debate was “regularly stifled” and contained a lack of dignity and respect for divergent opinions, and said Ms Shannon and chief executive John Giorgi had regularly denied her requests for information that would enable her to fulfil her role.

This was rejected by Ms Shannon and Mr Giorgi, who claimed Ms McAllister appeared not to have supported the Town’s goal of efficient and effective local government.

Town of Cambridge chief executive John Giorgi.

The Town is currently the subject of an inquiry by the Department of Local Government as a result of ongoing monitoring and the decision to suspend previous chief executive Jason Buckley.

It ran its own investigation into governance issues, with appointed lawyers Hall and Wilcox finding last June the failures had been addressed and made recommendations to strengthen internal processes.

Crs Louis Carr, Jane Powell, Andres Timmermanis and deputy mayor Rod Bradley will have their positions up for re-election in October.

Nominations for local government elections close on September 12.

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