Ill health leads Wanneroo councillor to resign

Denis Hayden.
Denis Hayden.

WANNEROO councillor Denis Hayden says he resigned last month because it was “time for me to have a little bit of a rest” as he approached 67.

After Mayor Tracey Roberts announced his resignation for health and bereavement reasons at the July 30 council meeting, Mr Hayden spoke to Community News about his decision.

“I resigned mainly because of ill health and some of the sad things that have happened,” he said.

“I’ve had a couple of really close near-death experiences.

“I died several times in my time at Joondalup hospital with pretty serious illness.

“I live in constant pain every day.”

Mr Hayden said his decision had been influenced by his foster mother’s death and his retirement from the police force after 45 years’ service, during which he’d been badly hurt a couple of times.

He also suffered child abuse and his life story was recorded by Criena Fitzgerald in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project and stored by the National Library of Australia.

Mr Hayden said he was proud to have served as South Ward councillor since 2011.

“It’s been one of the most memorable accomplishments in my life,” he said.

Working with fellow councillors and City staff, Mr Hayden said achievements ranged from installing shade sails on playgrounds to road upgrades that improved safety.

“It’s not a one person job; we work together to get those improvements done,” he said.

“They are all compassionate people; I was proud to be part of that.”