Former Weekend Sunrise host and AFL commentator Basil Zempilas elected Lord ...

Former Weekend Sunrise star Basil Zempilas has been elected the new Lord Mayor of Perth.

The TV and radio personality beat his main competitor, former ABC journalist Di Bain, by 284 votes to claim victory at Council House, Perth on Saturday evening.

'Perth has given my family wonderful opportunity, and it has given me wonderful opportunity, and it's the same opportunity that Perth can provide for all of its citizens, the 49-year-old said in his victory speech.  

Victory: Former Weekend Sunrise star Basil Zempilas, 49, [pictured] has been elected the new Lord Mayor of Perth

Victory: Former Weekend Sunrise star Basil Zempilas, 49, [pictured] has been elected the new Lord Mayor of Perth

Zempilas passionately continued: 'Now the job for us is to get busy and to do our very, very best for ratepayers, for residents, for visitors and for those who choose to spend time in the City of Perth.

'It is the best city in the world. We are wonderfully blessed to be its custodians for a short time, so let's not waste that opportunity, let's make the most of that opportunity,' he added as wife Amy stood by his side.

Basil will continue his work commitments with 7NEWS but will relieve himself from his 6PR breakfast show hosting role.

The TV and radio personality said in his victory speech: 'Perth has given my family wonderful opportunity, and it has given me wonderful opportunity, and it's the same opportunity that Perth can provide for all of its citizens'

The TV and radio personality said in his victory speech: 'Perth has given my family wonderful opportunity, and it has given me wonderful opportunity, and it's the same opportunity that Perth can provide for all of its citizens'

After announcing his plans to run for Lord Mayor in July, Basil was charged with conflict of interest claims, with concerns he could use his media platform to promote his campaign. 

The TV host denied those claims, telling The Weekend Australian on Sunday that he plans to 'play by the rules'. 

'It would be an unfair advantage if I continually used it as a platform for my election, but that is not what I'm going to do,' he said. 

Backlash: After announcing his plans to run for Lord Mayor in July, Basil was charged with conflict of interest claims, with concerns he could use his media platform to promote his campaign

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