Leave for cam­paign

Eastern Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

CITY of Swan Coun­cil­lor Peter Lyn­don-James’ re­quest for an ex­tended leave of ab­sence while he trav­els around WA cam­paign­ing for an in­de­pen­dent Se­nate seat in the up­com­ing Fed­eral Elec­tion has been granted.

The Al­tone ward coun­cil­lor will be on leave with pay from Novem­ber 22 to May 7.

On his Se­nate Face­book page, Mr Lyn­don-James said he would donate all his wages dur­ing this pe­riod to the Meer­ilinga Abo­rig­i­nal Foun­da­tion in Beech­boro, mi­nus the cost of flights.

“I have re­quested leave from coun­cil du­ties, even though I will more than likely be here for most, if not all, meet­ings,” he said.

“De­pend­ing on the speak­ing en­gage­ments that I may have, I may have no other choice but to stay in the town that I am in at the time due to not be­ing able to ob­tain a flight.

“This ar­range­ment gives me flex­i­bil­ity and keeps me in­formed with coun­cil is­sues at the same time I am be­ing trans­par­ent to you, the City, as well as those to whom elected me.”

The City of Swan will record and live-stream its coun­cil meet­ings and agenda fo­rums from De­cem­ber.

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