New Mayor vows not to stick with the status quo

Cilla de Lacy has been named Mayor of Nedlands. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d496542m
Cilla de Lacy has been named Mayor of Nedlands. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d496542m

CITY of Nedlands residents can expect changes under new mayor and mother of two Cilla de Lacy, including options for downsizers and apartment dwellers.

The former Hollywood ward councillor dethroned mayor of eight years Max Hipkins at this month’s elections.

“There is a general feeling around our community about not sticking with the status quo and looking for change and it can be good because it can bring some renewal – I think it was felt by some in the community who became more engaged with council in the past two years,” she said.

During her four-year term, Ms de Lacy wants to make the City a place that provides housing choice, such as townhouses on smaller lots and apartments in certain pockets, while also retaining its character.

“That’s what I’m most keen about – to see us move in a position so there’s some housing choice across our City in the right location and done in the right way.

We have a right to say to developers this is what the community expects and this is what you should give,” she said.

In 2017, Ms de Lacy led a community campaign and successfully lobbied the State Government to deliver underground power at a fair price in Hollywood.

“I managed to lobby the State Government as well as Western Power and the City to look at other options for funding and financing underground power in Hollywood and to expedite the delivery at a farer price to landowners,” she said.

In 2014, landowners were being asked to pay $17,000 each for underground power but Ms de Lacy’s campaign helped reduce that to $6000.