Some promised specific events while some candidates promised more universal changes to city budgets or policies to make it easier for events to operate.

The following is a summation of the main points made by each candidate:

Bazil Zempilas

The Seven West Media stalwart promised to advocate for three big events in Perth if elected, one of those being the 2027 Special Olympics, which he said was a feel-good global event that would deliver more than $400 million and 500,000 spectators to the economy.

He will also push for a light festival like Vivid Sydney and a week-long mining festival that would see mining equipment parked on Langley Park. Seven West Media hosted the Resources Technology Showcase at the Perth Exhibition centre in November last year.

Di Bain

The former ABC journalist and current Tourism WA commissioner said she would create a red tape committee to strip cumbersome regulations for events operators, and recounted an incident where she received $5000 to host an event at a City of Perth carpark but received a $6000 bill from City of Perth parking.

She said she would also implement a buy-local policy, find unique events spaces within the city and review the return on investment on events.

Sandy Anghie

Architect Sandy Anghie said she wanted to bring the city back to life and lamented the high number of committees in the city administration, including those of which she is a member. She said the city’s marketing budget was “out of control” and would advocate for funds to be reallocated to bring in more external help.

Mark Gibson

The former Channel 7 presenter said people needed a reason to return to the city and he would push for activation of spaces using out-of-work performers. He also spruiked increased lighting and said he would urge the council to “dream big” when it came to attracting events to the city.

Tim Schwass

Former lawyer and retired magistrate Tim Schwass is rugby-mad and said he had already written to the powers that be to push for the 2027 Rugby World cup to be brought to Australia, and for Perth to get its fair share of games at Optus Stadium.

He also spoke about improving businesses conferences, bringing up a conference he once attended in Sydney that was hosted by Rolf Harris.

Brodie McCulloch

The Spacecubed founder said COVID-19 was a reset opportunity. He said he would apply his ability to build strong culture in an organisation to the mayoral role.

On September 15 the mayoral candidates will face Perth’s property industry at a WA Property Council lunch.

On Wednesday afternoon a seventh mayoral hopeful also announced his candidacy.

Braddock’s Dispensary owner Bruce Reynolds is the second candidate to nominate who actually lives in the city.

He has been working in Northbridge since he was 16 and established RE/MAX central Perth in 2015.

Hamish Hastie is WAtoday’s business reporter.


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