COTTESLOE’S first female Mayor Jo Dawkins has said she will not lead the town again if she and her husband build a new home in neighbouring Peppermint Grove.
Last week, she and her husband submitted plans to build on a block they bought several years ago in the Shire of Peppermint Grove.
“If I move there I won’t seek re-election,” Mrs Dawkins told the Western Suburbs Weekly.
“It’s not about jumping ship, it’s purely about prioritising where we want to be near the river, shops and the beach,” she said.
Moving would mean Mrs Dawkins would cease to be a Cottesloe elector, which under WA State Electoral is the requirement to be on the council.
Mrs Dawkins has lived in Cottesloe for more than 30 years.
She said it was certain she and her husband would move into the new house in the future, but had not set a date.
Mrs Dawkins was elected in 2013 and had to deal with tail end of the failed council mergers.
Her term expires in October next year, before which the council will seek public comment and approval for the long-discussed rejuvenation plan for the Town’s foreshore west of Marine Parade.