COTTESLOE voters will know next week who is the Liberal Party candidate for the now vacant seat after former premier and local MP of 27 years Colin Barnett formally resigned from Parliament last Friday.
Today WA Liberal director Sam Calabrese told the Western Suburbs Weekly a pre-selection meeting will be held next Tuesday, before the candidate is ratified at a State Council meeting the following weekend.
Mr Calabrese said the party anticipated a March 17 by-election.
An announcement from the Speaker of the House about the by-election’s date is expected tomorrow.
The prime Liberal nominees for their party’s candidacy are BHP lawyer Emma Roberts (40) and Kwinana Industries Council president David Honey (59), a former WA Liberal Party president.
In addition, Cambridge councillor Andres Timmermanis, estate agent Deborah Brady, marketer Sandra Brewer and an unnamed individual are also vying for the solidly safe seat associated with senior ministers or premierships.
Labor has said it would not contest the ultra-safe Liberal seat, but the Greens have nominated lawyer and former Cottesloe councillor Greg Boland.
“The last time a former Liberal premier retired like this, Richard Court in 2001, the Greens almost won the seat of Nedlands,” Mr Boland said.
Mr Boland said Mr Barnett’s 27 years had left Cottesloe without a realigned Curtin Avenue, no cycle path along the train line and no money for the beachfront.
He said he would give his “full attention” to issues such as a second port reducing container trucks on the avenue.
In neighbouring Nedlands, MLA Bill Marmion trounced any moves that could give his seat to any loser of the Cottesloe race, and said he would serve his four years for the good of his party and not an individual.
Nominations for all candidates close February 16.