Sylvan Albert is Bayswater’s new mayor, sweeping aside Terry Kenyon seven votes to four.
Cr Albert—the Liberals’ candidate for Maylands at the state election—was elevated to the position by the new council following last weekend’s ward elections that saw two incumbent councillors defeated.
To rub salt into Cr Kenyon’s wounds, his long-time nemesis Cr Mike Sabatino was elected deputy mayor.
Earlier, Cr Kenyon had clung onto his west ward seat with just 0.5 per cent the difference between taking one of two seats on offer. He scored 27.64 per cent (1505 votes) to cling to the ward’s top spot with newcomer Stephanie Coates coming in nine votes and a fraction of a per cent behind to claim the second seat. Cr Marlene Robinson could only watch in dismay with her 1478 votes—just 27 votes behind Cr Kenyon—not enough for re-election.
In north ward, Michelle Sutherland—married to Mt Lawley Liberal MP Michael—topped the poll with 1268 votes. With 1007 votes Cr Alan Radford bumped out Mark Whitehouse by four votes to claim the ward’s second seat, ending Graham Pittaway’s career (949 votes).
In south ward local cafe owner John Rifici scored 52.02 per cent (1044 votes) to claim the one spot on offer.
Bayswater residents’ association Tony Green says “it’s really a new era” for the council, with what he believes is a breakdown of deep-seated factional divides.
“We’ve had some of the long-term servers like Marlene Robinson and Graham Pittaway gone and replaced with young professional people,” he told the Voice. “We’re hoping for a more dynamic council. I’m quite pleased with the mix. You’ve got the old bulls and the young bulls. There’ll be times when they go head to head, that’s fine, you get robust discussion, you need that experience and common sense.”
by DAVID BELL