Coun­cil­lors re­sign

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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.

Pierre Yang

Terry Healy

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