Council urged to vote no confidence

Sam GibbsHarvey-Waroona Reporter
A petition was of 139 signatures was handed to the council during the general electors meeting last night.
Camera IconA petition was of 139 signatures was handed to the council during the general electors meeting last night.

Harvey Shire Council has been urged to consider a vote of no confidence in shire president Tania Jackson.

A petition of 139 signatures was handed to the council during the general electors meeting last Tuesday.

Brian Hanson tabled the petition stating Cr Jackson was not acting on behalf of the people and not observing the council’s rules of conduct.

During his deputation, Mr Hanson said submitting the papers meant the council would need to hold a meeting within 35 days and requested deputy president Paul Beech be chairman at the meeting.

The special meeting of electors will be held on February 12 at 5.30pm at the Shire of Harvey Council Chambers on Uduc Road.

Mr Hanson urged councillors to reflect on four points — the depth of feeling in the community, the declaration they made when appointed to council, their personal experiences with the president, and the handling of recent events which brought the chamber into question.

Cr Jackson said only the Minister for Local Government could remove her as shire president and councillor and the process of no confidence could not remove her.

“The petition asks for a vote of no confidence but there wouldn’t be able to be any further action,” she said.

Minister for Local Government David Templeman’s office confirmed the minister had the power to suspend and/or order an individual council member to undertake remedial action when the minister was satisfied that it was inappropriate for the council member to continue to act as a member of council without intervention.

Cr Jackson said she was proud of her contributions to the shire and endeavoured to work through this process with councillors and staff.

“Personally, I’m proud of the work the shire does and my contribution to it and our achievements and I stand by that,” she said.

Cr Jackson said Mr Hanson had attended council meetings relating to the Bunbury Outer Ring Road for the past couple of months and he had become increasingly frustrated with the process.

“Unfortunately I think he’s focusing a little bit more on discrediting one person but it’s reflecting on the whole shire and I think that’s unfortunate,” Cr Jackson said.

“Perhaps in the end there won’t be any result that will perhaps satisfy Mr Hanson.”

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