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 carefully 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 assert the crown within the final half hour of counting.

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

In a publish on social media on Saturday afternoon, Mr Zempilas thanked his supporters and volunteers earlier than wishing luck to the remainder of the candidates.

“As I’ve mentioned now many occasions, the final three months have been probably the greatest experiences of my life and no matter occurs tonight, I’m prepared and I’m richer for the expertise,” he mentioned.

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

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

He will likely 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 government Michelle Reynolds.