Wyong Council to Save By-election Costs #Wyong #CentralCoast
Wyong Shire Council Media Release
23 September 2015
Wyong Shire Council will apply to the Minister for Local Government for an order that no by-election by held to fill the casual vacancy left by the resignation of former Councillor, Luke Nayna.
The decision is in line with previous precedents where resigning Councillors have not been replaced to save the costs associated with a by-election.
Luke Nayna resigned on 11 September after serving three years on the Council.
Wyong Shire Mayor Doug Eaton OAM said Council had made the sensible decision and was confident the Minister for Local Government will support the application.
“It makes no sense to spend hundreds of thousands of ratepayers on a by-election when we are unsure what is happening with amalgamations and with less than a year to go till the next local government elections,” Mayor Eaton said.
“In fact if a by-election was held, the newly elected Councillor would only serve six months before Council goes into caretaker mode.
“To me this is a waste of money that can be far better spent for the benefit of the community.”
Council has estimated the cost of a by-election would be in the order of $720,000.
The next Council elections will be held on 10 September 2016.
The State Government is expected to hand down its decision regarding Council amalgamations before the end of the year.