Former shire president loses council bunfight over voting rights

By Michael Snclair-Jones

FOUR new Toodyay councillors have blocked a bid by former shire president Brian Rayner (left) to represent the council as a voting delegate at this month’s annual local government conference in Perth.

Cr Rayner said he should represent the shire at the conference instead of new Deputy President Beth Ruthven.

He said Cr Ruthven could still attend the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) annual general meeting at Perth’s five-star Crown Hotel on Friday September 25 – but not as a voting delegate.

Cr Rayner, who nobody voted for in 2017 because he was the only candidate to stand in the shire’s now-abolished North Ward, said he was a WALGA voting delegate when shire president last year and in 2018.

WALGA is WA’s peak local government representative body with 138 members.

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