Bassendean councillor Melissa Mykytiuk resigns

Town of Bassendean administration building. Picture: David Baylis.
Town of Bassendean administration building. Picture: David Baylis.

BASSENDEAN councillor Melissa Mykytiuk has resigned after serving the community for two years.

She announced her resignation on Friday on her Facebook page.

Cr Mykytiuk’s resignation adds another vacancy on the council, with Mayor Renee McLennan, Deputy Mayor Bob Brown and former mayor John Gangell also up for election.

Her replacement will be serving a two-year term.

She has been involved the in Ashfield Community Action Network, Friends of Bindaring Park, the Bassendean Preservation Group and the Bassendean Historical Society.

Cr Melissa Mykytiuk. Picture: Cr Melissa Mykytiuk’s Facebook page.

She said she was honoured to have been elected in October 2017.

“The role has challenged me in positive ways, given me an opportunity to develop my skills and make a positive difference in our Town,” she said in a Facebook post.

“I am especially proud of the progress we are making in caring for and enhancing our natural environment including our river parks and increasing our tree canopy throughout the Town.

“I believe we are well on the way to understanding the community’s vision for urban planning.

“I am also proud of the progress we are making in building community connection and suicide prevention.

“My most rewarding and satisfying times on Council have been after a strong discussion around the table, the different ideas and contributions from councillors, staff, community and stakeholders have resulted in a better outcome than any one person had proposed.

“As much as I have valued being a councillor, juggling the time commitment and responsibilities of the role with my personal life and trying to build my professional career has meant that my focus and energy has been dispersed and divided and it has not reflected the balance I am seeking.

“Going forward, I want to focus on my career in environmental conservation and have the chance to consider opportunities outside of Perth.”

She thanked the council, Town staff, community members, family and friends for working with her and their support.

Her last day is on October 19.

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