Shire gets nod to abolish wards, defer council vacancy to October
THE SHIRE of Toodyay has been given State permission to defer an election to fill a vacancy on its nine-member council created by the recent resignation of former Cr Craig Brook until October’s statewide local government elections, when four other Toodyay council seats fall vacant.
The State has also approved the Toodyay council’s plan to abolish its four electoral wards, which means that all shire electors will – for the first time – be able to vote for every candidate in every seat instead of only those standing in their local area.Read more
The changes follow a decision two years ago to abandon poorly-attended ‘in person’ voting run by the shire at polling stations in Toodyay and Morangup and replace it with postal ballots run by the WA Electoral Commission, which resulted in a record voter turn-out at the 2017 shire elections.
The council is due to hold a special meeting at 2pm on Tuesday May 14 to discuss Cr Brook’s resignation, the elections and “mapping out a recruitment process for a new CEO and matters thereto”.