Big field in ring for city council seats

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Field of 16 Bunbury residents to vie for a spot to represent the city.
Camera IconField of 16 Bunbury residents to vie for a spot to represent the city. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

An impressive field of 16 Bunbury residents will vie for a spot to represent the city at next month’s local government election.

The nominations for Bunbury City Council closed on Thursday and while the numbers are down on 2017’s record 22 candidates, Mayor Gary Brennan has welcomed the “diverse range” of people who put their names forward.

“It’s good that there’s a number of individuals interested in becoming a part of the city council and serving our community,” Mr Brennan said.

“What I look forward to with any nominations is to get quality nominations from people with the capacity to contribute to the future of our city.”

A total of six positions are up for grabs on the October 19 election day and with long-standing councillors Murray Cook, Brendan Kelly and Monique Warnock not re-contesting their seats, the council is set to see some new faces.

Among the nominees are councillors Betty McCleary and Sam Morris – who will both re-contest their seats – and former Bunbury councillors, Wendy Giles, Robert Nicholson and Alfred Leigh.

Having another go after missing out during the 2017 election are Zyggi Uchwal, Karen Turner, Kris Plumb and Marina Quain.

And a number of business owners and community members in James Searl, Richard Payton, Cheryl Kozisek, Amanda Yip, Daniel Singleton, Caspian Yurisich and Michael Lay make up the 16.

Voting in the election is not compulsory, but Mr Brennan encouraged residents to do just that.

“There are six positions up for grabs and I encourage everyone who is eligible to vote,” he said.

“This is an opportunity for electors to decide who is best to represent them on council.”

The council’s last elections saw a 34 per cent voter turnout.

Election packages will be posted to ratepayers and residents.

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