TWO Gosnells councillors have resigned after being chosen as candidates for the upcoming state election.
Pierre Yang and Terry Healy both resigned through written notice to the chief executive from their position on the City of Gosnells Council on February 5 and 6 respectively.
Mr Yang, who is running in the South Metropolitan Region for the Labor Party, said it was a difficult decision, but he felt it was the correct one.
“If I can’t give 100 per cent to my job as a councillor, it’s important to make a decision,” he said. “I don’t feel comfortable receiving a councillor’s allowance and running for State Parliament at the same time.”
Mr Healy, also running for Labor, had similar reasons for the resignation. He said he also did not want to continue to get a salary while putting all his energy into running for the seat of Southern River.
“I hope to continue to serve the community in a different role as a State MP,” he said.
He said his biggest achievement as a councillor had been the day-to-day advocacy, including fixing basketball rings and park benches.
At the ordinary council meeting on February 14, the City of Gosnells will make a decision as to what to do about the vacancies on council.
According to the council agenda, the cost of holding an extraordinary election to fill the current vacancies on council would exceed $200,000.
The staff recommendation was that council seeks approval of the Electoral Commission for the vacancies to remain unfilled until the City’s October 2017 election.