Cheryl Kneebone wants to help the City of Albany innovate and look at things differently as its next mayor. Ms Kneebone has put her hand up for the second mayoral election in a row after being the sole candidate to oppose Dennis Wellington in 2019. She said a good mayor was someone who served the people and listened to their concerns. “There are a lot of things around Albany that I want to change and do for people, especially in this area (Bayonet Head),“ she said. “People I’ve been talking to say they’ve been having the same troubles in their area with roads and different things not being maintained. “I talk to everyone on the ground to see what is going on with all these things, and I just think that as a mayor you should be on the pulse and be efficient.” She said she wanted to encourage more innovation in Albany that would result in people pushing beyond their own boundaries. “We’ve got to change how we look at business — I’m a great one for innovation and I want a centre for innovation here in Albany,” she said. “I’ve been talking to people about it and I’ve mentioned it to the council a couple of times. “Nobody does anything, so I thought I’d do it all myself and I’ve structured a multi-million-dollar contract to go for it.” She said the centre would be able to host a variety of events, shows and exhibitions, but would be different to the existing entertainment centre. “We need a centre where we put fashion parades in there and do all sorts of things to get people down here with special promotions,” she said. Ms Kneebone has called Albany home for about 40 years and believes the community is holding itself back by continuing to think of itself as a town. “We need to focus as a city to bring bigger department stores and that sort of thing down,” she said. “We need to develop things so that people come into the town ... and shop at the businesses so that we can have a variety of things. “There are a lot of things people don’t realise we do now, and we can change to help bring more economic riches to Albany.” Albany’s growth must also be strategically managed, according to Ms Kneebone. She said with more families moving to the region it was important there were “jobs for the children” but that development should not come at the expense of removing Albany’s character. “We don’t want to develop things that are going to take the beautiful forests and everything away, but we do need development,” she said. “We need it in such a way that we’re not always saying ‘we need to have it there’.” She said she would lead the council as a “very affirmative” leader as she felt it needed “guidance” and there needed to be more “solution tanks” rather than think tanks. “If they are as good as they say they are going to be then we need to go to the next step of how we talk about things,” she said. “We need to tidy things up to make much more effective use of everything.” Ms Kneebone is one of seven candidates vying to become the City of Albany’s next mayor. The winner of the election will be declared on October 21 with a majority of votes for local government elections being conducted by post.