Re-elected Mayor welcomes two new Councillors

Amassing more than 50 per cent of the vote in the Mayoral poll at the 21 October Local Government Election, Logan Howlett said he was delighted to once again be elected by popular vote to the role of Mayor until the term expires again in October 2021.

Nearly 30 per cent of electors voted in this year's elections with two new councillors - Chontelle Sands and Michael Separovich - also welcomed aboard after winning seats in the Central and West wards, respectively.

Bart Houwen was not re-elected in the West ward.

Other councillors up for re-election who maintained their seats were Philip Eva (Central ward), Lee-Anne Smith (East ward) and Kevin Allen (West ward).

At the 23 October Special Council Meeting, Cr Smith was voted in as Deputy Mayor following unsuccessful nominations by incumbent Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes and fellow East ward Cr Steven Portelli.

For more information on election results go to the WA Electoral Commission website.

Mayoral statement:

I was delighted to be re-elected as the Mayor of Cockburn for a fourth time on Saturday night.

My wife Patricia and I have worked diligently over the past eight and a half years and we look forward to continuing to serve the community in the true Cockburn tradition.

With two new faces on Council in Chontelle Sands and Michael Separovich, there will be little time for them to settle in as we get down to the business of making those all important decisions.

The return of Lee-Anne Smith OAM, Philip Eva JP and Kevin Allen sees a balance of experience maintained around the table.

The continuing growth of Cockburn, the demands on our infrastructure, state and federal funding that will assist in transforming our City, and implementing our strategic community plan and other plans will ensure Cockburn remains at the forefront of local government in Western Australia.

We will need to be cognisant of the current economic climate and the stresses on our community in terms of job security, housing affordability, the cost of daily living and the many other factors that make up our complex society.

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