City of Canning council hopes to avoid extraordinary election after resignation of Lindsay Holland

Canning’s board will consider staying “short” until next October’s council elections following the resignation of senior councilor Lindsay Holland.

Mayor Patrick Hall estimated that a by-election would cost $ 50,000 and the winner would only serve the remainder of Mr. Holland’s term, which ends in October next year.

Mr. Holland left the council this week after selling his property in Willetton, citing his intention to move out of the district.

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Local government regulations stipulate that councilors must live or own property within the boundaries of the council.

The Local Government Act also stipulates that replacement elections must be held to fill any vacant council seats created more than nine months before the election.

Mr. Holland’s term of office would expire in about 13 months, but Mr. Hall said the city was considering options to keep the vacancy until the next election cycle.

This would leave Paul Tucek as the sole representative of the Beeliar district, which covers most of the Willetton suburb.

It is understood that city officials will cite the proximity of Christmas, a current review of council boundaries, local government reform, and costs to taxpayers as reasons for forgoing a special election.

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