Council seats declared vacant

Published: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at 10:20:27 AM

Hon. David Templeman MLA, Minister for Local Government, has today announced his decision to declare all Town of Port Hedland Council seats vacant.

This decision follows the resignation of Councillor Peter Carter, and the recent expiration of the terms of four other Councillors, leaving the Council without a quorum.

Council’s dissolution consequentially expires Hon. Commissioner Riebeling’s commission, with a new commission granted from today until October 2020.

Hon. Commissioner Fred Riebeling said the Town’s administration respected the Minister’s decision and acknowledged the work of all Elected Members.

“The decision to dissolve Council was no doubt a difficult one, and I respect Minister Templeman’s careful consideration on this matter.

“The Minister has made this decision in Hedland’s best interests, laying the foundation for all parties to move past this challenging period.

“I have no doubt some will be critical of what has occurred, however I am personally of the opinion that following a suspension of Council all positions should go to the polls.

“I’d like to thank all Elected Members for their service to the town, bringing both community experience and lively debate to the Chambers table.

“I also wish to thank Peter Carter, whose leadership has allowed this action to take place. Mr Carter has put the future of Port Hedland ahead of his self-interest.

“I will serve as the Commissioner until 17 October 2020, when an election will be held. During this time, I intend to work constructively with staff, community members, industry and my statewide counterparts to secure long term opportunity and prosperity for the Hedland community”.

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