Changing of the guard at the Town of Cambridge

Changing of the guard at the Town of Cambridge

THE Town of Cambridge council has a new leader and two new councillors after Saturday’s council election.

Keri Shannon was elected mayor of the Town with 47.68 per cent of the total votes, while incumbent Simon Withers received 33.43 per cent of votes. Ms Shannon said she was humbled by the overwhelming support she received.

“I campaigned on a platform of transparency and honest consultation with the community and it’s humbling that the community has put their faith and trust in me as mayor to carry this out,” she said.

“I would like to ensure the implementation of a local housing strategy and local planning strategy across the whole Town as a priority.

“We need to look at how we provide infrastructure to support the new development and density.”

The Coast Ward Ratepayers Association recently launched an application for a Supreme Court judicial review against the council’s Housing Options amendment to the Town Planning Scheme.

Ms Shannon said she would work with the council on the legal action to achieve the best outcome for the community and ratepayers.

“The Scheme Amendment is with the WAPC (WA Planning Commission),” she said.

“In my opinion, the Scheme Amendment does not provide good outcomes for the community and can be done better.

“I look forward to working with my fellow councillors for the betterment of the Town.”

Floreat resident Andres Timmermanis was elected to the council’s Coast ward, with Rod Bradley re-elected to the ward.

West Leederville resident Jane Powell was elected to the Wembley ward and Louis Carr was re-elected.

A special council meeting to swear in the new councillors and mayor will be held tonight.