LISA Scaffidi has been short-listed for the 2012 World Mayor Prize.
Perth's Lord Mayor is one of only two mayors in the ‘Australasia’ region, the sole Australian mayor and one of only three women to make it through to the next round of voting.
The contest is conducted by the London-based City Mayors Foundation.
“Initially, I was very surprised just to have been nominated but it is really heartening to see that Perth is rating so well in this contest,” Ms Scaffidi said.
“This is a great opportunity to promote Perth, WA, as a world leading city and to brand Perth while also showing support for me.
“It’s certainly not about self-promotion as the number of votes from, presumably, mainly Perth people is indicative of the high regard there is for the work being done by the council as a whole and the city’s staff.
“I’m sure there would also be particular recognition of the changing face of our city and the exciting projects now under way, such as the Perth City Link and Elizabeth Quay, as well as the great amount of private development that is being generated by the resources-driven economy.
“It really is an evolutionary time for Perth and this part of our world.”
The City Mayors board of fellows will choose the ultimate winner and two runners-up based on the number of votes received from the public and ‘the strength and passion of supporting comments’.
Anyone wishing to vote in the World Mayor contest can do so by accessing the website www.worldmayor.com until mid-October.
Contenders for the title come from six regions – North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia.