A Dampier ward councillor is concerned his seat on the Shire of Broome council could be abolished in the next term in favour of another town representative or the scrapping of wards. Lifetime resident and Walman Yawuru elder Philip Matsumoto is up for re-election in his seat against contender Johani Mamid. Fellow Dampier ward representative Elsta Foy’s term expires in 2023. Cr Matsumoto can’t remember when he was first elected, describing it as “a while back”, and held the seat unopposed in 2017. He said should he be re-elected he would fight to maintain representation for the sprawling ward which covers the Dampier Peninsula, Bidyadanga and outlying Broome communities. “I would be looking at trying to convince local government to continue having the two representatives in Dampier ward,” Cr Matsumoto said. “I think in another year or so they will come back to the council and ask them whether they want to cut down one rep from the peninsula or might just do away with the wards. “I am against that because I feel it is reconciliation — it gives Aboriginal people the opportunity to come on council.” On the policy front, Cr Matsumoto was critical of the Shire’s efforts in service delivery to the Dampier ward communities. He said with the Cape Leveque Road now sealed it was more important than ever that adequate services were delivered to Dampier Peninsula communities. “There is little things we can do for them because council can only support and lobby government for their needs,” he said. “Just monitor health side of things — the sewerage, water and housing. “We are talking with the communities about what they want to do in regard to economic development and the main thing is tourism.” Cr Matsumoto said the Shire could support the ward more in promoting tourism to the area.