Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley calls for nominations for extraordinary election

Stephanie SinclairThe Kimberley Echo
Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley offices.
Camera IconShire of Wyndham East Kimberley offices. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Nominations open this week to fill a two-year seat on the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley council left vacant after the resignation of former councillor Alma Petherick.

Ms Petherick resigned from council with two years of her term remaining after the results of the October 16 ordinary election were revealed, leaving SWEK with just eight of its nine council positions filled.

At the time, Ms Petherick cited the election of five candidates who voted together on a ticket — including David Menzel, Tony Chafer, Narelle Brook, Chelsea McNeil and Dylan Hearty — as her reason for stepping down, with concern around the independence of councillors.

Despite costing the Shire up to $30,000, Council voted in favour of heading back to the polls to fill the vacant position in November, with March 12 set as the extraordinary election date.

Nominations will be open from January 27 until February 3, with the election to be conducted by postal vote.

Nine candidates ran in last year’s election, with Bradley Kyne, Warren O’Rafferty, Keith Wright and Peter Bagley the four candidates who missed out on a position.

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