Leaflet sparks spat between former and current Cambridge councillors

Leaflet sparks spat between former and current Cambridge councillors

A CONTENTIOUS election leaflet has sparked a spat between former and current Cambridge councillors before postal voting ends October 21.

“I’ll have the returning officer look at it,” former Cambridge councillor Hilary Pinerua said.

Mrs Pinerua claimed the leaflet from sitting Coast Ward Cr Rod Bradley was “misleading” because it told voters they should call Cr Bradley for information on damaged or lost postal ballot papers, and the Coast Ward Residents Association resolved issues with the Perry Lakes development and “exposed the Mt Claremont Land Bungle”.

She said control of the Perry Lakes development was lost when Coastal ward councillors dominated the council and the “bungle” was resolved by former premier Colin Barnett at the start of his premiership.

Cr Bradley said Mrs Pinerua had been “trying to put me down” since he was elected, the Perry Lakes issue was a result of conditions placed on the council by former planning minister Alannah MacTiernan, and he asked voters to call him as a “well-known and respected member of the community”.

A WA Electoral Commission spokesman said any candidate or sitting councillor could advise electors on replacement ballots at council offices.

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