By Melissa Sheil
KALAMUNDA Council’s North West ward can expect no change after this year’s election, as both re-running councillors take back their seats uncontested.
Deputy Mayor Dylan O’Connor and Councillor Lisa Cooper will return to representing residents of High Wycombe, Maida Vale and Forrestfield until 2025.
Cr O’Connor, who has been on council since 2009 and deputy mayor since 2018, said he hoped the uncontested election signalled community endorsement of the pair.
“Maybe the fact no one ran against us is a sign of support from the residents, who hopefully think we’ve done an all right job and want us to keep doing what we’re doing,” he said.
“I’m looking at this as a win for the community, that they’ve got two hardworking councillors who know and love the job coming back to represent them.”
Cr O’Connor’s key advocacy issues include representing residents living near the new train station, informing and assisting those involved in zoning changes and securing funds for the Scott reserve masterplan.
Cr Cooper said she was pleased to be given the opportunity to continue the work she started.
“I came in on a by-election so have only held my position for two years,” she said.
“I finally feel like I’ve found my feet as a councillor and am keen to give it a real crack and keep learning about the community and what affects residents in my ward.
“I’ve been very humbled and privileged to be elected into the position again and hope to be living up to my values of high integrity, empathetic listening and giving my all to the job.”
She intends to represent residents affected by contaminated land fill lots, advocate for more tree planting and a foothills aquatic centre.