City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler has announced he will be gunning for a second mayoral term with a focus on building a beach and strengthening community safety.
He will nominate at next October’s local government elections after serving the past three years as mayor.
Cr Bowler said Kalgoorlie-Boulder was the best place to raise a family with the one negative; it was a long way from the ocean so the only solution was to build a beach – hopefully with man-made waves.
He said his first term had been fulfilling, but he had to deal with a number of challenging issues.
“One of our best initiatives was the introduction and funding of the Safer Street Patrol, with the feedback from the community amazing,” Cr Bowler said.
“At the same time I proudly led the move to trial the Cashless Welfare Card in the Goldfields and the early indications are that it has achieved every expectation.”
Cr Bowler said the card and patrols had reduced the level of anti-social behaviour in Hannan and Burt Streets but there was still a way to go and the next step he would encourage was for long-term visitors to be put onto the cashless welfare card.
The former State MP won the last ballot in 2015 with an overwhelming majority winning 88 per cent of the vote.
He said it had been a tremendous honour to lead the council and being mayor of his hometown was his dream job.
“When I first stood as mayor the only pledge I gave was to keep rates down and with the hard-work and support of staff and council we have been able to achieve that, with what I believe would be the lowest collective increases for more than 20 years,” Cr Bowler said.
“At the same time our financial ranking has increased from 139th out of 140 councils in WA to the top 20, a remarkable achievement and for that I thank the excellent hard work by our chief executive officer John Walker.”