COUNCILLOR Simon Di Rosso has resigned from the Shire of Kalamunda Council after being successful in his application to take on the role of executive advisor for Governance and Legal Services at the Shire.
In accordance with the Local Government Act 1995, Council has requested approval from the WA Electoral Commissioner to postpone an election for the vacancy in the North Ward following his resignation, until the ordinary Election Day of October 21, 2017.
Statutory requirements for the conduct of an election requires a minimum lead time of 70 days. The earliest possible date for an election would be in early July 2017 – resulting in any new member taking up the position – having a term of only three months before contesting in an election again in October.
Shire president Andrew Waddell said appointing a new councillor to sit between now and October would be unnecessary and costly.
“Council believes the remaining two councillors can adequately represent the Ward over this period until the October elections,” he said
“We thank Simon for his service during his time on Council.”
Mr Di Rosso, a lawyer, said it was an honour to serve his community for four years.
“Unfortunately I cannot be a councillor while serving a role at the Shire offices, however it has truly been an honour to be able to help the community at a grassroots level,” he said.