Trio up for poll

THERE’LL be a three-way tussle in the by-election for Vincent’s south ward.

Business manager Mark Rossi, urban planner James Peart and the executive director of the state’s development department Gary Simmons will fight it out to fill the position made vacant when John Carey was elevated to the mayoralty.

At October’s election Mr Peart came fourth out of eight candidates in Vincent’s south ward, while Mr Rossi came third in north ward.

The extraordinary election will cost $26,000.

Mr Peart, who has the backing of Mr Carey, wants to focus on the roll-out of Vincent’s bike plan, a “super P&C” schools network, and ensure councillors understand policies before they vote.

Mr Rossi ran his 2013 campaign on opposing more paid parking, supporting markets and festivals, and protecting property rights (the council’s currently working on a plan for heritage protection areas; Mr Rossi reckons homeowners should have the right to do what they wish with their homes).

Mr Simmons says he wants to help deliver longstanding projects like stage two of the Beatty Park upgrades. He also has plans to nominate for whatever body Vincent merges into following the Barnett government’s rejig of council boundaries, saying the area will need to be properly represented.

The 56-year-old has lived in south ward for a decade and says his experience working at the state level would be valuable for the city.

Former John Hyde staffer Katrina Montaut—who narrowly missed out in October— said she planned to run if no one else took on the mayor’s favourite candidate Mr Peart, but she bowed out after the other two nominated.

by DAVID BELL

 

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