Otto Pelczar

The effective operation of the city council depends upon councillors exercising individualism, not factionalism, says Perth City Council candidate Otto Pelczar.

He is running for both Councillor and Lord Mayor in the May 1 election.

“I see the lord mayoral role as quite important and it requires impartiality. But I see the role as being basically a councillor,” he said.

“I think council should be like a company with a board of directors. It should go back to the old system where councillors vote for the Lord Mayor and don’t get paid.”

Describing himself as a totally independent councillor with no inter-party political affiliation, Mr Pelczar believes the PCC is divided into two distinct factions.

“Team-ticket voting interferes with individual, conscientious votes, and representative government at the local level suffers,” he said.

“It’s too cliquey at the moment. I believe introducing electronic voting to council meetings is essential because it stops people checking the responses around them before voting themselves.

“Nattrass’ election call in 1995 was ‘for council to be free of factionalism’ and this is still highly relevant.

“Unfortunately, he seems to have slackened up on this stance.”

Mr Pelczar was a Perth City councillor between 1990 and 1993. Elected to Town Planning, he was the only councillor to successfully oppose Perth’s foreshore redevelopment by US architects, arguing that local professionals were more responsive to community needs.

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