Nedlands Mayor expects significant change under Labor State Govt

Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins.
Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins.

NEDLANDS Mayor Max Hipkins believes the newly elected Labor Government will bring significant change to the western suburbs.

Mr Hipkins, who ran as an Independent Liberal candidate in the 2013 State Election, said the Labor Government would be more challenging to work with.

“The past government gave the City a lot of favours the new government certainly would not,” he said.

“On the transport side, for example, the previous government accepted a ‘boulevard’, linking Claremont through to UWA.

“However, I accept that it is a change of government and that we’re going to have to start working with people who have a natural tendency to be anti-western suburbs.”

Nedlands experienced a swing of more than 10 per cent from the 2013 election to Labor, polling 41 percent of the two-party preferred vote to the Liberal Party’s 59 per cent.

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Mr Hipkins said the swing against Nedlands MP and former transport minister Bill Marmion was not too surprising.

“Certainly from the Subiaco side, there were a lot of people who felt that the present Member didn’t represent their interests,” he said.

“There was a lot of dissatisfaction about loss of land to the City of Perth and it showed.

“It appears (Labor candidate) Penny Taylor did a good job; from what I heard she came across as honest and wanting to properly represent the electorate.”

The Nedlands mayor since 2011, Mr Hipkins said he was interested to see how the McGowan Government would approach local issues.

These included what the Government would contribute to the Landcorp redevelopment on Selby Street.