Rowell out after 35-year career in Cottesloe

Cottesloe councillor of 35 years Rob Rowell.
Cottesloe councillor of 35 years Rob Rowell.

LONG-SERVING former Cottesloe councillor and mayor Rob Rowell ended his 35-year local government career after a 165 to 243 loss to lawyer Sandra Boulter in the Town’s East ward election last Saturday.

“It was probably time for me to go as the standard of debate at the council hasn’t been that good and we’ve now got people thinking of issues and not about Cottesloe,” Mr Rowell, a former WA Local Government Association president and Australian LGA vice-president, said.

He said issues for the new council included residents groups opposing the Perth Freight Link, debate over dog beach use, improving the town centre and a plan for development on land beside the railway.

Mr Rowell said he was not in favour of compulsory council voting following Cottesloe’s turnout rate of about 37 per cent because “if they are not going to vote with at least some thought, then it’s pointless”.

In the South ward, Mark Rodda was elected until 2019 with 301 votes, Rob Thomas was elected until 2019 unopposed in the North ward and Cr Sally Pyvis (272 votes) defeated Peter Jeanes (232) in the Central ward.

Mosman Park’s North ward voting rate was 31 per cent, with Cr Zenda Johnson (602 votes) returned until 2019, in addition to business development manager Andrew Maurice (337), but former councillor Brett Carboni lost and ended his two years on the council.

Cr Brett Pollock was elected unopposed in the South ward.

At the Shire of Peppermint Grove, president Rachel Thomas was re-elected (284 votes), as was Cr Dawne Horrex (223), in addition to new Cr Peter MacIntosh (229).