Coun­cil will dis­band af­ter res­ig­na­tions

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Shire of Ex­mouth coun­cil will be dis­banded af­ter a ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors re­signed last week fol­low­ing a meet­ing with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter.

Shire coun­cil­lors were sus­pended for six months in early Jan­uary by then-lo­cal gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Paul Miles in the wake of a Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims of mis­con­duct at the Shire, and were sched­uled to un­dergo gov­er­nance train­ing with the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing re­in­stated soon af­ter.

How­ever, in the days fol­low­ing a meet­ing with Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man last Mon­day, four of the five sus­pended coun­cil­lors ten­dered their res­ig­na­tions.

The coun­cil will now be dis­banded in ex­er­cise of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment min­is­ter’s leg­isla­tive pow­ers.

Mr Tem­ple­man said he wel­comed the res­ig­na­tions as a step which would al­low the Shire to move for­ward af­ter the CCC in­quiry.

“On May 29, I had a very pro­duc­tive meet­ing with the ex­ist­ing coun­cil­lors at the Shire of Ex­mouth in which I ex­pressed my con­cerns about how they could go about restor­ing con­fi­dence in the com­mu­nity they were elected to serve,” he said.

“I ap­pre­ci­ated that they recog­nised, for the benefit of their town, that we needed to move for­ward.

“I have to­day re­ceived wel­come ad­vice that four coun­cil­lors have ten­dered their res­ig­na­tions.

“I would like to thank them for putting the best in­ter­ests of the Ex­mouth com­mu­nity first and be­lieve this is a sig­nif­i­cant step in restor­ing the con­fi­dence of the Shire’s res­i­dents and ratepay­ers.“

Mr Tem­ple­man said he would re­quest that Shire of Ex­mouth in­terim com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher, who was ap­pointed to gov­ern in the coun­cil­lors’ place dur­ing their sus­pen­sion, con­tinue on in the role un­til lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in Oc­to­ber.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Shire pres­i­dent Turk Shales, who re­signed last week, and former Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Price, who was dis­missed af­ter the CCC in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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