Thursday, June 20, 2024

New councillor makes history in Fremantle

The City of Fremantle Council was sworn in last week with two new faces joining the fold – one marking a historic moment for the city.

Jemima Williamson-Wong was elected to fill the vacancy in Coastal Ward and Ingrid van Dorssen was elected to fill the vacancy in North Ward.

At 21 years old, Cr Williamson-Wong is the youngest person to join the City of Fremantle Council.

She is a law and sustainable development student and says the leadership from Fremantle Council on various issues inspired her to find ways of making a positive impact.

“Being elected to Fremantle Council feels like my 10-year-old dream coming true.”

“I am incredibly grateful to the Coastal Ward community for giving me a chance as the youngest ever Fremantle Councillor to work towards the improvement of our city.

“I look forward to putting community at the centre of my decision-making, and to continuing to be part of the evolution of our beloved Freo,” Cr Williamson-Wong said.

She is joined on Council for the first time by Councillor Ingrid van Dorssen, who comes from a planning background.

Both new Councillors have spent most of their lives in Fremantle and say they want to preserve and improve the environment they love.

Councillors Geoff Graham and Frank Mofflin were re-elected for a second term each in Central and East Wards respectively.

“I’m very pleased to be re-elected and I’m looking forward to working with a sensible and progressive team,” said Cr Graham, who previously served on council in the late 1990s and 2000s.

“I’m thankful for being re-elected and really excited about working with my fellow councillors over the next four years to achieve some great things in Freo,” Cr Mofflin said.

The City of Fremantle Council was reduced from 12 Councillors to 10 plus the Mayor at these elections and will move to eight Councillors plus the Mayor at the 2025 elections, in line with the state government’s local government reforms.

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