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A FOR­MER coun­cil can­di­date has come up with a quick and easy so­lu­tion for re­plac­ing leav­ing coun­cil­lors in lo­cal au­thor­i­ties with­out wards, other than by the ex­pense of by-elec­tions.

The prob­lems with coun­cil­lors leav­ing part-way through terms are long­stand­ing and on­go­ing. Garry Sandhu has pro­posed that the most suc­cess­ful of the un­suc­cess­ful can­di­dates from the most re­cent elec­tion be in­vited to join the coun­cil. Thus, Sha­nia Hunt (4410 votes) would ef­fi­ciently take the Gos­nells po­si­tion re­cently va­cated by Liz Storer. If Ms Hunt would not ac­cept, then the in­vi­ta­tion could go to Aaron Adams (3769 votes) as the next most suc­cess­ful.

A mild down­side might be that it might tend to dis­en­fran­chise the peo­ple who voted for the leav­ing coun­cil­lor com­pared to a by-elec­tion, but such peo­ple would be dis­en­fran­chised any­how if the po­si­tion were left va­cant (as Gos­nells in­tends). Mr Sandhu’s pro­posal has con­sid­er­able merit. ALF CAMP­BELL Ken­wick

LO­CALS and their four legged friends con­verged on Ship­wreck Park re­cently to cel­e­brate the open­ing of their new com­mu­nity café. Do you have a photo you want to see pub­lished on our let­ter's page? Email it to us at com­ment­news@com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au.

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