And yet today if Council has less than 12 months …

Comment on Bonanni has strong lead in council poll by Hal Duell.

And yet today if Council has less than 12 months to run, neither a by-election nor an appointment to the casual vacancy is necessary as Council merely makes do with one less elected member. In practice this 12 months can extend to 14 if the retiring Councillor is an apology for two (or three?) meetings before formally pulling the plug.
So we’re down from 10 to eight Councillors already, and potentially seven, and if two were to go could we get down to six?
In other places I have advocated the use of the previous election to find a replacement when a casual vacancy occurs on our councils.
Originally I had thought to offer the position to the last person standing but not elected, and then to continue down the list of unsuccessful candidates in reverse order of their exclusion.
But after speaking at a Council Forum a week ago with Mayor Ryan and Councillors Brown and Douglas, I take their point that to go all the way through the list would not be right as those at the bottom polled too few primary votes to be in any serious consideration.
So I looked at the results of the last three municipal elections and found that by applying a cut-off point of 3.5% of the primary votes cast, in 2004 there was one candidate available for the offer, in 2008 there were two and in 2012 there were four.
In all three Councils, there was a by-election, and by making this offer, we could have possibly spared ourselves the costly tedium of a by-election. (No disrespect intended to the winning candidates in each case.)
I have submitted this proposal to LGANT and asked that it be discussed at their next meeting.
I know from correspondence with the NT Minister for Local Government and the Regions that the NT Government is willing to consider changing the Local Government Act if they receive a concerted approach from LGANT.

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Confidential is where a “prefered option” is decided. Then they stage a public consultation. Then they enact the prefered option.
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Let’s hear all the stories.

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