Basil Zempilas defeats Di Bain to change into Perth Lord Mayor


Mr Zempilas’ swearing in as Lord Mayor will put an finish to greater than two years of council rule by commissioners Andrew Hammond, Gaye McMath, Len Kosova and the late Eric Lumsden.

Counting kicked off at Council Home at 6pm, with Ms Bain main the race with 700 votes by 7.30pm. Following intently behind was Mr Zempilas with 550 votes.

The Activate Perth chair was main the race for the primary two hours, with Mr Zempilas taking a decisive leap ahead to say the crown within the final half hour of counting.

Mr Zempilas was formally declared Lord Mayor simply after 9.20pm.

In his first speech as Lord Mayor Mr Zempilas thanked his household, marketing campaign workforce, and supporters, including Saturday night time was an evening “I am going to always remember”.

“It is a nice alternative for everybody, and it is an amazing alternative for the Metropolis of Perth to have the contemporary begin that it has so desperately been in search of,” he mentioned.

“The whole lot we do from this level on is for the ratepayers and for the residents of the Metropolis of Perth. That is who we’re right here for and that is who we’re right here to serve.

“We now have the management and the elected council that the Metropolis of Perth has been lacking for the final three years.”

The daddy-of-three ran a high-powered marketing campaign, specializing in “rebooting” Perth’s coronary heart by new occasions, elevated numbers of police within the beat, and an answer to homelessness within the CBD.

Though he shall be departing his position as 6PR’s Breakfast co-host on the finish of the 12 months, Mr Zempilas plans to keep up the remainder of his current media commitments — together with his night position anchoring the sports activities section on Seven, writing a weekly column in The West Australian newspaper, and main Seven’s AFL and Olympics commentary.

As of 10pm on Saturday, mayoral hopefuls Di Bain and Sandy Anghie, Strata Neighborhood Affiliation of WA director Catherine Lezer and city planner Liam Gobbert had been the popular candidates to be elected councillors for a time period of three years.

Former Metropolis of Perth councillor Reece Harley, actual property agent Bruce Reynolds, restaurateur Clyde Bevan and Rebecca Gordon had been the popular candidates for the 4 one-year time period positions.

Mr Zempilas shall be sworn in as Lord Mayor alongside the newly elected councillors at a ceremony on the Authorities Home Ballroom on Monday attended by WA Governor Kim Beazley and Metropolis of Perth chief govt Michelle Reynolds.

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