Mergers, high-rise on agendas

In the Town of Cottesloe, Jo Dawkins was elected unopposed last week but Cr Greg Boland and resident Philip Angers will compete for a North ward seat.

‘We’re going to have to work closely with the State Government and other councils to achieve what we all want (in mergers), but I’m running to protect Cottesloe’s assets and interests,’ Mrs Dawkins, a Liberal Party member, said.

Mrs Dawkins said she preferred ‘a smaller model’ than the G7. She nominated after lobbying from residents to replace Mayor Kevin Morgan who ended his eight years in the job which delivered debt-free infrastructure investment and a fight against high-rise on the beach.

‘I have always been for three storeys at the front, up to five, with large setbacks to prevent overshadowing,’ Mrs Dawkins said.

In Fremantle, Matthew Hanssen is running for mayor and a councillor’s seat.

‘At this stage I have to look at what the State Government is proposing for mergers,’ Mr Hanssen said, after obtaining 52.9 per cent of votes in North Fremantle at the September 7 Federal election, before deciding to run for council the following day.

Keeping heritage and low density after mergers, and having experience to steer through change when government’ proposals are not complete motivated former Peppermint Grove president Brian Kavanagh, but he said party politics would not be in the October 19 council elections which should be about community.

Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris will be challenged by Cr Brett Pollock for the town’s top job, while Cr Ian Flack faces residents Phil Edwards, Russell Armstrong and Alistair Burgess in the North ward and Cr Wesley Davies and Cr Maureen Harcombe are opposed by residents Jamie Dodd and Louise Avon-Smith in the South ward.