POLITICS

Local government elections loom

NOMINATIONS for WA’s 2019 local government elections open next Thursday, September 5, and close at 4pm on September 12.

Six council positions out of nine will become vacant in Denmark – five due to expiry of terms and one resulting from the resignation last month of deputy shire president Peter Caron.

Plantagenet has four vacancies out of nine.

Denmark’s elections will be held by postal vote. Eligible electors will receive a voting package about three weeks before polling day, October 19, and must return their completed votes before 6pm on polling day. Electoral rolls close on August 30. The Voice asked all the sitting councillors if they intended to renominate. All vacancies on both councils are for four-year terms.

Denmark shire president Ceinwen Gearon (Town ward) is yet to decide.

Cr Rob Whooley (Town) has not yet made a final decision but ‘probably not’ was his reply. “I have found a level of frustration with obtaining enough information to assist with decision-making,” he said.

Cr Jan Lewis (Scotsdale/Shadforth) said, “I confirm that I will be renominating for council. Together with CEO Bill Parker and the shire staff, we’ve made tremendous progress in the past three years tackling compliance issues, and I’m keen to continue working with councillors and officers to meet our governance obligations, as well as striving to achieve our community’s aspirations as defined in our Strategic Community Plan, Denmark 2027.”

Cr Kingsley Gibson (Scotsdale/Shadforth) said, “I will be standing for re-election at the forthcoming council election. Over the past two years I have been proud to be part of a cohesive and focused council which has been diligent in dealing with our lack of an integrated planning and reporting framework. Now we largely know the state of our assets, our challenge is to honour the vision set out in the Strategic Community Plan while dealing with the realities of a maintenance and renewal backlog and the very real limits of what we as a community can afford.”

Cr Janine Phillips (Kent/Nornalup) indicated that she would be re-standing but was unable provide a statement in time for our deadline as she is caring for an elderly and infirm family member.

Current councillors whose terms expire at the next election in 2021 are Ian Osborne (Town), Roger Seeney (Kent/Nornalup), and Mark Allen (Scotsdale/ Shadforth).

Plantagenet shire president Chris Pavlovich said, “My wife says that I’m not restanding but I might just sneak in my nomination form. Sometimes it is better to ask for forgiveness than to seek permission.” He added, “There are a lot of exciting things about to happen in Plantagenet shire, and I don’t want to miss out.”

Cr Ken Clements indicated that he will renominate. He said that over the past 15 years he had helped the shire to develop, and wanted to continue that development for the next four years.

Cr Marie O’Dea said she is planning to renominate, on the proviso that one of her parents is not well and Cr O’Dea may need to travel to be with them, in which case she may not be able to stand.

Cr Bevan Lang said “I am looking forward to re-nominating, because there is a lot to be done.”

The Voice congratulates all councillors on their commitment to their communities, and wishes them well in the elections.

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