Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Baw Baw councillor bows out amid “serious” allegations

Baw Baw Shire Council has accepted the resignation of one of its councillors who it says is facing allegations of a “serious nature” in relation to an alleged drink driving incident.

In a statement, Baw Baw Shire Mayor Danny Goss said former councillor, Ben Lucas had submitted his resignation to Council CEO, Mark Dupe.

“The CEO and I have accepted Cr Lucas’ resignation, which is effective immediately,” Mayor Goss said.

“The allegations against Mr Lucas are of a serious nature and do not meet the standards expected of elected representatives,” he said.

“Mr Lucas recognises this and understands that he must now take some time to seek some appropriate support.”

Mayor Goss said the Council did not condone “behaviour that puts others at risk”.

“This includes actions such as drink or dangerous driving,” the Mayor said.

He said Council would work with the Victorian Electoral Commission to progress a replacement representative in the shire’s West Ward.

“I would very much like to commend Mr Lucas for his work on Council. He has been an effective advocate for the West Ward, bringing passion, energy and and fresh perspectives to the table. He is an active member of his community, liked and respected by many.”

“It has been a great pleasure working with and getting to know Mr Lucas over the last few months, and I wish him well. I ask that people respect his privacy at this difficult time,” Mayor Goss said.

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