THE sudden resignation of councillor Peter Lyndon-James, just 14 months into his three year term, is set to cost ratepayers $55,000 to hold an extraordinary election for a replacement.
City of Swan officers have recommended allocating the amount 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 controversial 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 the January 16 council meeting.