Candidates are starting their campaigns for the 2021 local government elections.
This year will see City of Bunbury residents vote a new Mayor and six councillors.
Councillor Tresslyn Smith has announced that she is standing for both Mayor and Council for the City of Bunbury in the upcoming October election.
Cr Smith was born in Bunbury and has lived in the City since 1971.
She was a former South West Senior Regional Officer and industrial relations and consumer affairs investigator for the Consumer Affairs Division of the Department of Commerce, assisting and advising businesses and consumers over a 30 year career.
She retired in 2012 and now consults on consumer affairs issues.
Her priorities for Bunbury are to ensure correct planning is done to minimise the impact to businesses from the Bunbury Outer Ring Road which will bypass the city.
"It is critical we start planning immediately to minimise the likely impact of the BORR which is going to greatly reduce traffic and impact local businesses," she said.
"This includes embarking on a significant effort, working constructively with the State Government, to attract business and industry to Bunbury to ensure job growth and deliver economic benefits."
Cr Smith also wants to see the delivery of the Back Beach ocean pool, minimum rate increases which strike the right balance between growth and enhancing facilities while keeping amenities affordable.
"We also need to promote Bunbury as a destination and create other drawcards to attract visitors to stay and spend," she said.
"The Back Beach Ocean Pool will be a significant attraction for visitors, while also providing locals with a unique swimming experience."
Lastly, Cr Smith would like to help continue plans to lessen the effect of climate change and make Bunbury greener.
"I believe our City needs a person of experience and with the vision to drive Bunbury forward, to ensure current projects are completed on time and on budget and deliver new project ideas so that Bunbury remains the regional capital of the South West," she said.
Cr Smith has served one term and has been on several council committees including heritage, seniors and is the chair of the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council.
Councillors up for re-election in the City of Bunbury are Michelle Steck, Karen Steele, Tresslyn Smith and Jaysen San DeMiguel.
Councillor Todd Brown will not be contesting his position.
Mark Chadwick and Dr Parthasarathy Ramesh have also put their hat in the ring to be councillor.
The October elections will also include voting in a new City of Bunbury Mayor with Gary Brennan not re-contesting.
At the time of publication, the Mail understands other Mayoral candidates include Jaysen San DeMiguel and Betty McCleary.
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