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Feud allegations refuted

BOTH Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass and councillor-elect Vincent Tan have moved to hose down any suggestion of a feud between them.

Mr Tan achieved the second highest number of votes in the May 5 poll for the four seats on offer around the Perth City Council horseshoe.

In the process he unseated Laurence Goodman, who had been a member of the new Perth City Council since it was reformed in 1995.

Councillors Bert Tudori, Judy McEvoy and Michael Sutherland were re-elected.

During his time as Northbridge Business and Community Association president, Mr Tan was scathing of the Perth City Council , and Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass in particular.

He also was at the forefront of moves to wrest Northbridge from PCC control and deliver it into the hands of the Town of Vincent.

Mr Tan insists that is in the past.

“On May 6 it was a new day and that’s the way I’ll be approaching it,” he said.

“Now that I’m a councillor I won’t be just representing Northbridge. I’ll be representing the whole of Perth.

“I have to work cordially with the Lord Mayor and the other councillors.

“I think the onus is on both sides to make the relationship work.

“I want to deal solely with issues rather than personalities.”

Mr Tan said ratepayers had shown they wanted change by electing him.

Dr Nattrass said it was “absolute rubbish” to suggest he could not work with any new councillor.

“Local Government is about different people with different ideas that have the energy to pursue those ideas,” he said.

“Vincent Tan and the ideas he brings will be welcomed by this council.”

The Property Council of Australia, which was once blasted by council for being too focused on personalities and not on the city’s welfare, wants to work with the new candidate.

PCA policy officer Geoff Cooper said he hoped the council would take the needs of city businesses into account.

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