Res­ig­na­tion to cost coun­cil

Eastern Reporter - - NEWS - Sarah Brookes

THE sud­den res­ig­na­tion of City of Swan coun­cil­lor Peter Lyn­don-James just 14 months into his three-year term is set to cost ratepay­ers $55,000 so an ex­tra­or­di­nary elec­tion can be held for a re­place­ment.

City of Swan of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended al­lo­cat­ing funds to cover the cost of elect­ing a new coun­cil­lor after Mr Lyn­don-James re­signed from his Al­tone ward seat and aban­doned his Fed­eral Se­nate seat cam­paign to fo­cus on his work with drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity Shalom House.

In his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion, Mr Lyn­don-James also cited frus­tra­tions with gov­ern­ment bu­reau­cracy.

“I put my hand up to run for lo­cal coun­cil with the in­ten­tion to serve the lo­cal com­mu­nity, to be a voice for those who didn’t have one, and to try and help any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the red tape and bu­reau­cracy is­sues like I was,” he said.

“It’s not un­til you are in that po­si­tion that you can fully un­der­stand what it’s like.

“I fought for hon­esty, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity.

“The many codes of con­duct gov­ern­ing the op­er­a­tions of lo­cal coun­cils, how­ever, have put a muz­zle on me and other coun­cil­lors who are try­ing to do the good work of serv­ing the com­mu­nity.”

Last Sep­tem­ber, Mr Lyn­don-James vowed to fight a de­ci­sion by City of Swan coun­cil­lors to again refuse to change the zon­ing for his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre to com­ply with plan­ning laws.

The mat­ter is set down for a full hear­ing on Fe­bru­ary 11.

Of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended that the coun­cil set the date for an ex­tra­or­di­nary elec­tion for Fri­day, April 12.

The mat­ter will be de­cided at this week’s coun­cil meet­ing.

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