FCRC Mayoral By-election

I have some concerns over the by-election and still believe it is premature to be thinking about it, when we don’t know what the outcome of Chris Loft’s appeal will be.

So far, we have one confirmed candidate to run in the unconfirmed by-election and three others publicly acknowledging they are considering dependent upon Chris Loft’s appeal. Legal teams for both Chris Loft and the State Government agreed on a timeline to exchange relevant documents. A new hearing date is expected to be set after 19th March.

It will cost approximately $400K to hold a by-election. I would want an outcome from the Supreme Court before confirming said by-election. I hate wasteful expenditure.

What happens if the by-election goes ahead and after that time, Chris Loft gets reinstated? What do we do with the person who has been elected?

What if George Seymour runs in the by-election or any other Councillor decides to run? During the care taker period that would mean Division 10 and Division 7 and possibly another Division will be unrepresented and Rolf Light will step up as acting deputy mayor leaving Division 5 under represented.

If a Councillor is elected in the role of Mayor we will need another by-election at a further $400K to fill the vacant divisional councillor position. If a Councillor fails to be elected as Mayor, just goes back to their current role.

Stirling Hinchliffe MP needs to either reinstate Chris Loft or put an administrator in and call a full Council election. Leadership is something that is required and right now this whole fiasco is failing the Fraser Coast.

Until the Writ is issued by either the Governor or the Speaker, depending on the circumstances, I will continue to focus on creating awareness, educating and have meaningful discussions on the issues that affect us all. Why waste valuable time and energy on something that may not eventuate or a game changer of another nature comes into play?

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