Councillor resignation triggers countback to fill vacancy

27 November 2013

Cr Stephen Hartney has resigned from Council effective 15 December 2013. Recent changes to the Local Government Act mean that Cr Hartney cannot continue as a councillor when he commences employment as an adviser for a Federal Member of Parliament.

Mayor Cr Laurence Evans thanked the immediate past mayor Cr Stephen Hartney for his leadership of the Council through the first year of its four year term.

“We achieved some important things in the last year, including developing the 2013-17 Council Plan that will guide Council’s decision making and the allocation of resources and services for the next four years.

“I have appreciated the opportunity of working alongside Cr Hartney. He has fostered an environment of team work that we can take forward as a good basis for getting things done. I wish him the best in his new pursuits,” Cr Evans said.

Chief Executive Officer Adrian Robb said the vacancy in the Central Ward will be filled through a countback of votes.

“There will be no need for Bayside voters to participate in a new election. Vacancies arising in a multi-councillor ward six months or more before the next council election are filled by a countback of votes from the previous election.

“Those candidates who were unsuccessful at the general election and are still eligible to be elected will be included in the countback,” said Mr Robb.

The Victorian Electoral Commission has been notified that a vacancy has arisen and will conduct the countback in January 2014.


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