Nominating for Council

Becoming a Council Member at the City of Vincent provides an opportunity to be part of the decision-making process and work together with the City to create and implement the community’s vision.

If you are an eligible elector and want to make a difference in your community and have a say in local decision-making, then you should consider becoming a candidate.

Nomination requirements

To nominate as a Council Member, you must:

  • Be on the electoral roll as a resident or personal non-resident owner or occupier of a rateable property in the City of Vincent; and
  • Be over 18 years of age and not disqualified from being an Elected Member under the Local Government Act.

To check your eligibility to nominate in the council election, please refer to the Local Government Candidates page on the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.

Nominations are to be made in person with the City’s Returning Officer, who is responsible for the local government elections once the nomination period opens. The WAEC and the City will provide the Returning Officer’s contact details in late August.  The nomination form is available here - LG08 - Nomination for Election by Candidate (Councillor and Mayor)

It is now compulsory for all candidates in local government elections to complete an online induction prior to nominating. The online induction is designed to make candidates aware of their obligations and commitments as an Elected Member.

The online induction is on the DLGSC website -

Candidates in local government elections need to be aware of the legal framework in which the elections are conducted and the obligations that the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) and the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 (the Regulations) place upon candidates.

The City's Voluntary Code of Conduct for candidates outlines candidates legislative obligations and ethical and behavioural principles.   

Each candidate (not being an Elected Member) is encouraged to abide by the Voluntary Code of Conduct if they intend to become a candidate in the election.

The City's Council Election Period Policy provides guidance on decision making during the election period to protect the apolitical nature of the public sector and avoid the use of City resources in a manner that advantages a particular candidate.

Nomination Process

Nominations open Thursday 5 September.

Nominations close at 4pm Thursday 12 September.

The order of nominations on the ballot paper will be determined at 4pm Thursday 12 September in the City of Vincent Committee Room - nominees are invited to attend.

Nominations must be lodged with the City’s Returning Officer  - Jennifer van den Hoek, mobile - 0401 678 980, email

To nominate you must lodge with the Returning Officer during the nomination period:

  • a completed nomination in the prescribed form, signed and witnessed. (This form is available from the Returning Officer, the Western Australian Electoral Commission or the City of Vincent - LG08 - Nomination for Election by Candidate (Councillor and Mayor)
  • a single A4 page profile containing not more than 150 words of information about the candidate;
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or postal order); and
  • a recent passport-sized photograph (optional).

The Returning Officer will be available at the City of Vincent administration center, 244 Vincent Street, Leederville, at the following times during the nomination period:

  • Thursday 5 September 1pm - 4pm
  • Thursday 12 September 1pm - 4.30pm.

The Returning Officer is also available by appointment - please call Jennifer on 0401 678 980 to arrange an appointment.

The WAEC has developed an online system called Nomination Builder to assist candidates to complete their nomination form which includes the candidate profile. This is the preferred method of completing the nomination form and profile for elections conducted by the WAEC. Candidates complete their nomination details and profile, print the completed form which has a reference number allocated and lodge it with the Returning Officer. The nomination builder can be accessed at 

Where an agent lodges a nomination on a candidate’s behalf, it must be in the prescribed form with a written authorisation signed by the candidate.

The documents may be hand delivered, posted or faxed to the Returning Officer and must be received by the close of nominations.

More information on nominating

Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer on 0401 678 980 or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06. 


In 2019, there are vacancies for the positions of:

  • Office of the Mayor - 1 vacancy
  • North Ward Councillor – 2 vacancies
  • South Ward Councillor – 2 vacancies

Nominee Profiles


Emma Cole

Emma Cole

As your Mayor, I am dedicated to delivering positive, common sense results for our community. Whether it’s the small things, like saying yes to swings in street trees, through to improving pedestrian safety and strong investment in our parks and main streets.

The initiatives I drive support our unique community spirit: bringing people together through new town squares, more green space and leafy streets, and creative Pop Up Play for our family boom.

Responding to tough economic times is critical: by cutting red tape for small business, driving economic activation and a greater focus on community safety and homelessness.

I believe in transparency, strong financial management and high-quality core services whilst keeping rates to one of the lowest in the metro area.

As a long-term local, living Mt Hawthorn with my husband and two children, I remain committed to being approachable, responsive and always ready to listen to you.

Mobile: 0407 427 588
Social Network Address: @emmacolevincent


Joshua O'Keefe

Joshua O'Keefe

Our town centres are crying out, the planning system is at crossroads and the way you get involved in decisions needs a rethink! Imagine bustling retail strips, a focus on greener, flexible developments and creative use of technology to enrich your experience in Vincent.

We can achieve this with a Council that is creative and connected. As Chair of the Beaufort Street Network, I have a record of working with the local community to deliver high impact initiatives.

I want to ensure we better retain the character of local streets, have accessible, green spaces and safer, liveable streets for residents.

My energy combined with 10 years of town planning and place management in Local Government means I know what questions to ask and will think 'outside the box' for solutions.

I can’t wait to focus on transforming public spaces to re-connect communities and I'm keen to hear from you!

Mobile: 0403 034 504
Social Network Address: Joshua O'Keefe, Beaufort Street

David McDermont

International Contracting Consultant, Councillor City of Subiaco 78-81, Committee Member of "Friends of Robertson Park” that effectively stopped a large scale development in the park.

The City of Vincent is a great place to live and its Council has been effective. However, we must protect our future residential environment, community parks, and encourage effective community consultation. Future pressure from increased population and higher density development requires necessary safeguards are put in place now.

I will strongly support:

  • achieving implementation plans for community friendly parks and town centres
  • implementing planning precincts to safeguard existing residential quality of life
  • including residential facilities and sufficient parking in new multi-unit developments
  • a more focussed, online, and wider community complaints and consultation process
  • retaining the heritage of places and buildings
  • upgrading inner city pavements, lighting in lanes and parks, and graffiti control

Home: 9227 0282
Mobile: 0409 081 380
Postal Address: Unit1, 45-47 Stuart St. PERTH 6000
Social Network Address:

Susan Gontaszewski

As a lifelong Highgate/Mt Lawley local, with two kids at Highgate Primary and my parents living close by, I am committed to making Vincent a fantastic place to live at every age and stage of life.

It has been a privilege to represent our Vincent community, and be your Deputy Mayor, as part of an open and accessible Council delivering positive results, including: Increasing and improving parks and open space; Creating more opportunities for people to connect; Prioritising actions for a sustainable future; Investing in town centres, events and public arts; Reducing red tape for local business; Putting the community at the centre of decision making; Strong accountability and transparency.

I am seeking your support to continue this path of reform. I will ensure Vincent remains accountable to you through meaningful community engagement, high quality services, sustainable assets and continuing to green our streets and grow our open space.

Mobile: 0400 077 331
Social Network Address:

Adina Lieblich

I was born and raised in Mount Lawley and after travelling the globe, there is nowhere I would rather call home than here, the City of Vincent.

I am a young professional who commutes to the CBD where I work as a Civil Engineer.  Roads, footpaths and bike paths are literally what I do! I am passionate about helping our community move in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner.

By renewing our existing infrastructure with a focus on sustainable transport we can achieve less congestion on our streets and easier parking.

Innovative use of existing vacant spaces can revitalise our town centres with increased foot traffic, renewing support for local businesses.

Together we can create a community that evolves with the times whilst retaining our historic character: a Vincent we can all be proud to live in.

A vote for Adina Lieblich is a vote to move Vincent forward.

Mobile: 0448 888 239
Social Network Address:

Peter Le

I live with my young family in Highgate and want to build a vibrant and safe community to live in. I want to help contribute to the development and wellbeing of my local community and for the benefit of everyone.

I have local government experience, working and providing legal advice and governance compliance at a local government.

As a Councillor, I will promote accountability and acceptance of responsibility for decision-making and performance. I believe councils should make informed evidenced based decision-making.

I will bring good governance, responsible financial and asset management to the City.

Being a Councillor would be a way to use my skills and expertise to give back to the community.

I have contributed to many charitable and not-for-profit organisations, sporting clubs and business councils and was recognised for my contributions by being the recipient of the WA Volunteer for Multicultural Communities Award 2019.

Mobile: 0488 989 118
Postal Address: 47 Mary Street HIGHGATE 6003

Ashley Wallace

I moved to Vincent 16 years ago, attracted to the diverse networks of creative and professional residents, the built and social heritage values of some of the oldest neighbourhoods in Perth, and the mash of independent businesses. That’s the Vincent I love and want to see grow.

I’ve worked for 12 years as an environmental engineer, and hope to use that experience to help create a neighbourhood and council that is inclusive, engaging, safe and fun, supported by the responsive, accountable and cost-effective delivery of municipal services.

As a councillor, I would work to find empathetic responses to homelessness; drive the transition to being completely carbon neutral as soon as possible; advocate strongly for residents’ interests and socially, environmentally responsible design during development; and push commercial landowners to create affordable opportunities for small business in town centres.

I’m always free to chat – please get in touch!

Mobile: 0431 859 233
Postal Address: 4 Grant Street PERTH 6000
Social Network Address:


Sally Smith

Sally Smith

As a local resident for over 30 years, I understand a Council’s strength is its connection to the community.

For 10 years I operated a successful retail store in Mt Hawthorn, dealing with the same daily challenges facing many small businesses in Vincent today.

This experience coupled with my passion for community work led me to volunteer for the Mt Hawthorn Hub, working to improve the town centre.

Working on events such as the Streets and Lanes Festival, I understand the need to increase the vibrancy of our town centres, but also focussing on improving security, street lighting and broader community safety.

Volunteering at Playgroup, Aranmore Primary School and numerous sporting clubs has made me a passionate advocate for strong investment in recreational facilities, parks and pedestrian safety.

As your Councillor, I will provide an open, productive and effective connection between Council, residents and local businesses to enhance our community.

Mobile: 0434 177 137
Social Network Address:

Daniel Loden

I love living in Vincent with my wife and kids, Fi, Aidan, Dylan and Ethan and want it to become an even more sustainable, liveable city; where everyone feels welcome, local businesses thrive, and our environment and community services are protected. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved on council, working to find practical solutions to our community's needs and would be privileged to continue to serve you. More work is required to ensure our town centres remain thriving places and our heritage and unique character is retained. We can encourage active and connected neighbourhoods by ensuring quality footpaths, appropriately managed traffic and leafy shady streetscapes. We need to continue to innovate: creating new public open spaces, edible verges and manage local community facilities sustainably. I’m committed to being responsive, transparent and accountable, ensuring our community are at the centre of decisions. Please contact me – I am here to listen.

Mobile: 0412 845 138
Social Network Address:

Candidate Information Session

To enable prospective candidates to gain more information on becoming an Elected Member, and how to stand for Council, the City will be holding a candidate information session on Tuesday 3 September 2019, at 6 – 8pm at the City of Vincent Administration Building, 244 Vincent Street, Leederville.

For more information on the candidate information session, or on becoming an Elected Member, please contact the City’s Governance Team on 9273 6000.

Webinar for Prospective Elected Members

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) held a free Webinar for prospective candidates on Thursday 15 August 2019.

The webinar focused on the following key areas:

  • Parliament’s role in creating legislation for local government;
  • How to read the Local Government Act 1995 and Regulations;
  • Who does what at a local government;
  • Elected Member’s personal responsibilities; and
  • Consequences of improper conduct.

A recording of the webinar is available on the WALGA website here

Council Members - Allowances, Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses 

Policy 4.2.7 clearly outlines the financial support that will be provided to Council Members.

Council Member sitting fees and allowances for the 2019/20 financial year can be located here.

Related Information

LG08 - Nomination for Election by Candidate (Councillor and Mayor)

Council Election Period Policy

Voluntary Code of Conduct for Candidates