World News – UA – Baz wins Perth mayoral race


The high profile media personality edged out former ABC reporter Di Bain in a neck-to-neck count at Council House on Saturday night

After following Ms Bain for most of the count, there was a flurry of last-minute votes for Zempilas, who vowed to ‘restart’ the capital

Spacecubed founder Brodie McCulloch was far third (786 votes), followed by Mark Gibson (716), Sandy Anghie (603), Bruce Reynolds (398) and Tim Schwass (371)

The three-hour count quickly turned into a two-horse race between the two, who were ahead of the other five contestants

In his victory speech, Zempilas declared Perth the best city in the world and said a line has been drawn in the sand after years of council scandal

« Perth has given my family a wonderful opportunity and it has given me a wonderful opportunity and this is the same opportunity Perth can offer all of its citizens, » Zempilas said

With his wife Amy by his side, Mr. Zempilas said the new council would be a « united » force, that lessons had been learned from the past and that the capital now had the leadership that had been lacking for three years.

« Now our job is to look after and do our best for the taxpayers, for the residents, for the visitors and for those who choose to spend time in the city of Perth, » he said. declared

« It’s the best city in the world. We’re fortunate enough to be its stewards for a short time, so don’t waste this opportunity, let’s make the most of this opportunity »

Zempilas, who works for Seven West Media, publisher of The West Australians, plans to continue his 7NEWS role as Lord Mayor but will end his role as 6PR breakfast host

Originally posted as a result of Perth’s mayor election: Basil Zempilas elected mayor after a close fight with Di Bain

Basil Zempilas, City of Perth, Di Bain, Lord Mayor, Council

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