City of Gosnells to seek WAEC permission to keep departing councillor’s seat vacant

City of Gosnells councillor Liz Storer has vacated her seat on the council.
City of Gosnells councillor Liz Storer has vacated her seat on the council.

THE City of Gosnells will not hold a by-election for the vacant seat of departed councillor Liz Storer.

The council will seek the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s (WAEC) approval to leave the seat vacant until the next local government election in October 2019.

Ms Storer resigned from the council due to her impending move to Canberra at the start of May.

She was elected to the council in 2015 and her term was due to expire in 2019.

A report advised the council while they had not contacted WAEC for a cost estimate, it would likely exceed $200,000.

Given the council’s adopted budget included no funds in case of a snap by-election, they opted to seek WAEC approval to leave the seat un-filled until the next local government election.

The Local Government Act 1995 permits council not divided into wards to seek WAEC approval for vacant positions to remain until the next ordinary election, provided at least 80 per cent of the council remains.

As the Gosnells council has 12 positions, WAEC can approve up to two positions to remain vacant.

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