The winds of change have hit the City of Armadale with new and returning Councillors elected over the weekend, and the City’s long-standing Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP retiring.
At a Special Council Meeting on Monday night, the Council elected Cr Ruth Butterfield as the new Mayor and Cr Carole Frost as Deputy Mayor.
Newly elected councillors include Emma Flynn (Heron Ward), Shanavas Peter (Ranford Ward), Hugh Jones (River Ward) and former Councillor Melissa Northcott (Palomino Ward), and have been elected for a four year term, expiring in October 2023.
“I would like to thank Henry for his dedication and service to the community spanning over 28 years, eight of which he has served as Mayor.” New Mayor, Ruth Butterfield said.
“I would also like to thank the outgoing Councillors for their years of public service and acknowledge the invaluable contribution they made whilst representing the community.”
“Finally, a warm welcome to the newly elected members, I look forward to working closely with a passionate, dedicated and determined team of Councillors and Administration. Together we will continue to progress the strategic direction of the City, whilst being agile and proactively seeking opportunities to improve the City of Armadale.”
This year’s election generated a lot of healthy interest from the community with a record number of 23 candidates standing.
The City also took the lead in live streaming the election night for the first time via its social media channels.
Notes to Editor:
• Cr Grant Nixon (Hills Ward), Cr Michelle Silver (Lake Ward), and Cr Kerry Busby (Minnawarra Ward) were re-elected.
• Conveniently located 28km from the Perth CBD, the City of Armadale is the third fastest growing local government area in Western Australia.
• City of Armadale has a population of approximately 91,700, forecast to grow to 151,900 by 2041.
• As a strategic metropolitan centre, the City is set to become a major employment hub for the growing south-eastern Metropolitan region.
• The City provides a diverse portfolio of services and assets supporting the community in many different ways.