It is with regret that I advise of the resignation of Councillor Gordon Markwart.
Councillor Markwart’s resignation is effective immediately and due to ongoing personal health issues.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank Gordon for his contributions since being elected to Council in 2016.
Gordon’s balanced and rational arguments, humour and quick wit will be sorely missed from future meetings.
His passion and calls for better protection of our Shire’s flora and fauna and tackling ‘big picture’ issues such as climate change were evident in many of his debates and decisions.
I am of the firm belief that Gordon has been one of the Shire’s finest first-term Councillors.
His departure comes a year out from next year’s rescheduled Local Government Elections. As per recent COVID-19 changes to the Local Government Act, a by-election will not be necessary and the vacancy will remain until next year’s elections.
A Mayoral Minute will be presented to Council at the next Ordinary Meeting of Wednesday 12 August 2020.
I am confident the tenacity Gordon has displayed in the Council Chambers will serve him well for the challenges ahead. On behalf of Council I wish Gordon the very best of health in his retirement.