Tuesday, March 5, 2024

McGowan to lead Donnybrook-Balingup Shire

WA Local Government Minister, John Carey, has announced the appointment of former senior public sector leader, Gail McGowan, as Commissioner of the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.

Ms McGowan’s appointment as Commissioner follows the sudden resignation of five elected members of the Donnybrook-Balingup Shire.

The Local Government Act 1995 provides that a Commissioner can be appointed to fulfil the role of the council if more than half of the council becomes vacant.

With the appointment of a Commissioner, the remaining four council positions have been declared vacant. The Commissioner will perform the duties of the council and exercise its powers until a new council is elected.

It is anticipated a new council will be elected during the scheduled October 2023 local government elections.

Ms McGowan will formally commence as Commissioner next week.

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