New Faces at the Council Table

Published on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 at 4:40:15 PM

Four Councillors were sworn into office at the City of Busselton chambers during a special meeting of Council last night.  Elected on Saturday 16 October 2021 were Anne Ryan (4214 votes), Jodie Richards (4084 votes), Grant Henley (3724 votes) and Mikayla Love (3122 votes).

These Councillors will serve alongside Cr Paul Carter, Cr Phill Cronin, Cr Kate Cox, Cr Ross Paine and Cr Sue Riccelli.

The first order of business of the newly formed Council was the voting in of the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor, for a term of two years. Cr Anne Ryan and Cr Grant Henley both nominated for Mayor with Cr Henley securing the position six votes to three. Cr Paul Carter, Cr Anne Ryan and Cr Jodie Richards all nominated for Deputy Mayor with Cr Paul Carter securing the position with six votes, Cr Anne Ryan two votes and Cr Jodie Richards one vote.

Mayor Henley has been serving on the City of Busselton Council since 2009. He served as Deputy Mayor and was voted Mayor in 2015. This will be his fourth term serving as Mayor of the City of Busselton. 

Mayor Henley thanked his fellow Councillors for the trust they had placed in him and welcomed Cr Paul Carter as Deputy Mayor. “This is a responsibility I take very seriously and it’s certainly not a role that can be done without the backing and support of a dedicated team.” 

“This will be the first time the City of Busselton has had a majority of female Councillors and I see this as an excellent example of democracy at its best. The new Council has a great mix of community minded people and I am confident that the community will benefit from their broad range of skills, expertise and energy.” 

“I thank members of the public who took the time to vote in the election and extend my appreciation to all the nominees who put their hand up for this important job.” he said. 

“I extend my sincerest gratitude to Kelly Hick and Lyndon Miles who did not choose to nominate for the City Council through the election process and Jo Barrett-Lennard who was fifth in the election process. These three individuals have made a great contribution to their community helping to advance major projects such as the Busselton Foreshore redevelopment, Dunsborough town centre upgrades and the Busselton Margaret River Airport.” Mayor Henley further said. 

“The new Council has much work to do and many exciting and also challenging decisions ahead of it. I look forward to working together to deliver on the City’s vision to be a place where environment, lifestyle and opportunity meets.” 

For further information regarding allocation of Council Committees and external boards, please visit 'About Council' on the City's website.

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes, Leadership: A Council that connects with the community and is accountable in its decision making.

View the full Council election results here.

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