Local Government Elections - Results 2013
Date Published: 21/10/2013
Tonight the City of Rockingham will officially welcome two new Councillors and three re-elected members to Council at a special swearing in ceremony to be held at the Council Chambers on Council Avenue.
About 18,200 residents or about a quarter of eligible voters, submitted valid votes in Saturday’s Local Government Elections with half the City’s Councillors up for election. Veteran Councillor, Ann Prince retired last week after 18.5 years representing Rockingham Ward and Councillors Barry Sammels, Richard Smith, and Deb Hamblin were all re-elected, with Justin Smith elected for Comet Bay Ward and Matthew Whitfield elected for Baldivis Ward.
City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels said this year was a very competitive election: “This was the most candidates we have seen run for Council in about ten years.
“I’m really pleased to see some new people coming forward to represent their local communities and I would like to thank all of the candidates for conducting themselves with integrity during the campaigning process.
“Congratulations to new incoming Councillors Justin Smith and Matthew Whitfield, I look forward to working together with you over the next four years.
“It is always sad to lose a Councillor of Lorraine Dunkling’s calibre and we wish her all the very best in the future, we also bid farewell to long time Council member Ann Prince, who retired last week."
Councillor representation across the City’s four wards changed slightly this year following the results of a boundary and representation review in 2012. As a result of the boundary review, the northern ward boundary in Coastal Ward was slightly realigned and it was renamed Comet Bay Ward.
Councillor representation was redistributed to better reflect the needs of the City’s growth areas. Baldivis and Comet Bay Wards gain an additional Councillor, and Rockingham and Safety Bay each lost a Councillor:
Rockingham: Three Elected Members
Safety Bay: Three Elected Members
Baldivis: Two Elected Members
Comet Bay: Two Elected Members.
Full voting results
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