Cator and Polan call it quits

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Bob Ni­col Con­tin­ued on page 2

It has been a tu­mul­tuous week for Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil, with chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gavin Cator and coun­cil­lor Michael Polan an­nounc­ing their res­ig­na­tions within days of each other.

State­ments is­sued by coun­cil last week said it (coun­cil) re­gret­fully ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gavin Cator and that of Cr Michael Polan, who was due to stand down on June 30.

Cr Polan has been a coun­cil­lor since 2009, which in­cluded two terms as mayor, in 2011 and 2012.

In resigning, Cr Polan said he would like to sin­cerely thank the com­mu­nity and his fel­low coun­cil­lors for their sup­port over the past six years.

‘‘I am very grate­ful to the com­mu­nity and coun­cil for the op­por­tu­nity which has been for­ward to me over my time as coun­cil­lor and mayor,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve greatly en­joyed and ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn and ad­vanced my skills both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally which have greatly as­sisted me in serv­ing the Greater Shep­par­ton com­mu­nity.

‘‘In my time as coun­cil­lor of Greater Shep­par­ton I am­par­tic­u­larly proud of my in­volve­ment in the brave de­ci­sion to build a new Shep­par­ton Arts Mu­seum.

‘‘This de­ci­sion is a sign of our com­mu­nity ma­tur­ing and look­ing at ways of di­ver­si­fy­ing our econ­omy. Un­der­tak­ing such bold ven­tures as a new SAM demon­strates our de­sire to be a key re­gional city with Greater Shep­par­ton pro­vid­ing first-class fa­cil­i­ties that will en­hance the life­style our re­gion of­fers.’’

Cr Polan said his in­volve­ment in sup­port­ing the new di­rec­tion of Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil had been par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing, with the or­gan­i­sa­tion now be­ing more accountable and in a strong po­si­tion to tackle any fu­ture chal­lenges.

‘‘The Coun­cil Plan, as crafted by the com­mu­nity, is now the cen­tral fo­cus of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in meet­ing the spe­cific needs of our com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘I can­not speak highly enough of the GSCC staff; they un­der­take their roles with pro­fes­sion­al­ism and in­tegrity, with many staff go­ing well be­yond their du­ties to best sup­port coun­cil­lors in ex­e­cut­ing their roles and de­liv­er­ing qual­ity ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Be­ing a coun­cil­lor is a priv­i­lege, and I thank my fel­low coun­cil­lors for ac­tively work­ing in a pos­i­tive man­ner for the bet­ter­ment of the en­tire com­mu­nity, and I wish the Greater Shep­par­ton com­mu­nity all the very best in the fu­ture.’’

Cr Polan will con­tinue to ful­fil his du­ties un­til June 30 which in­cludes par­tic­i­pa­tion in the June 16 Or­di­nary Coun­cil Meet­ing and Spe­cial Coun­cil Meet­ing on June 23 in the adop­tion of the 2015-16 bud­get.

With the va­cancy cre­ated by Cr Polan’s res­ig­na­tion a count back will need to be un­der­taken. This process in­cludes:

Ad­vis­ing the Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment of the ex­tra­or­di­nary va­cancy, which has to be done within three work­ing days of be­com­ing aware of the ex­tra­or­di­nary va­cancy.

At the same time, coun­cil ad­vises the Vic­to­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of the ex­tra­or­di­nary va­cancy.

Public no­tice of the con­duct of the count back must be pub­lished within 14 days of the ex­tra­or­di­nary va­cancy oc­cur­ring (be­fore June 23).

The VEC pro­vides writ­ten no­tice to each el­i­gi­ble can­di­date within 14 days of the ex­tra­or­di­nary va­cancy oc­cur­ring.

The count back will then oc­cur 14 days af­ter the public no­tice.

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