New faces at the City of Canning

New faces at the City of Canning

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Residents are not happy with the council's decision to push forward a development application on Mills St in Welshpool. Photograph - Toby Hussey.

Three new councillors were elected to the City of Canning council at last weekend’s Local Government Election.

More than 16,500 votes were cast across the city in the non-compulsory postal vote, which represented about 40 per cent voter turnout.

In the Beeliar Ward, which covers much of Willetton and a small section of Leeming, Yaso Ponnuthurai defeated sitting councillor David Brown by 69 votes.

Ms Ponnuthurai thanked her supporters on Facebook after she was confirmed to have won her seat on Saturday night.

“Thank you for your trust in me,” she said.

“I will do everything I can to represent everyone in the electorate.”

Ms Ponnuthurai ran on a platform of improving public communication and increasing community attendance at council meetings.

Sara Saberi and Graham Barry were elected in the Beeloo and Mason Wards, where the sitting councillors did not run for re-election.

Ms Saberi received 985 votes and won out narrowly over Sally Green, who received 981.

Ms Saberi’s Beeloo Ward encompasses Wilson, Ferndale, Lynwood and Cannington and she ran her campaign on supporting shops and community centres, improving public transport, hosting more cultural events and increasing tree canopy coverage across the city.

Mr Barry was elected to the Canning council for a second time, picking up nearly 22 per cent of the vote in the Mason Ward, which includes Bentley, St James, Welshpool, Queens Park and East Cannington.

He was last elected to the Canning council in 2011 and served until the council was dismissed in 2014.

His campaign ran on a platform of increased council scrutiny, community consultation, and greater city efficiency.

The two thanked their supporters on Facebook after the results were confirmed.

Two sitting councillors Patrick Hall and Tim Porter were comfortably re-elected, with Mr Hall receiving more than 60 per cent of the vote in the Bannister Ward.

Mr Hall received nearly 2400 votes, while his nearest rival received 722.

Councillor Tim Porter received nearly 32 per cent of the vote in the Nicholson Ward, defeating his closest competitor by more than 200 votes.

The councillors were elected to sit until 2021.

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