City leader still has much to do

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
Kwinana mayor Carol Adams.
Camera IconKwinana mayor Carol Adams.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams has announced this year will be the last time she runs for local government, saying she has some final projects she wants to see through before handing on the torch.

Cr Adams has been on the Kwinana council since 1997, was elected deputy mayor in 2005 and became Kwinana’s first female mayor in May 2006.

She said while she was almost ready to move on from her role on council, there were projects in motion she wanted to see through over the next few years.

“We have our bike trail master plan, for example. I know it is a project which will be completed, but I still want to be there to approve the master plan when it comes to council, have an input in the design and make sure it is the best use of ratepayer and State Government funds,” Cr Adams said.

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“There are some really exciting things coming to Kwinana, lots of development and the chance for increased local employment. One of the biggest developments will be the outer harbour.

“I won’t be on council when the project finishes, but I would be excited to still be in a leadership position in the beginning stages of this project.”

Cr Adams described three “game-changing” projects she had been involved in so far through her role on council.

“I have been thrilled to be involved in building the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, which provides important services to the community, the children’s adventure playground and the outer harbour,” she said.

Cr Adams said she felt ready to retire after running one last time and was excited by the idea of fresh faces and ideas on council.

“You look around at a lot of councils with long-term councillors who have been there quite a while, it can be difficult for new people to break in unless they are more well-known in the community,” she said.

“I am really pleased to see there are several candidates who will provide fresh faces on council this year and I would really implore people, even if it is just for one person, to vote in the upcoming elections.”

She said she was hoping to be elected again, but if she didn’t get back on the council she would look back and be happy with what she had achieved.

There are five vacancies on the City of Kwinana council at this year’s October 16 local government elections. Councillors will elect the mayor at a special meeting following the vote.

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