A second Murray Shire councillor has quit, leaving council to fill two positions at a by-election in May.RUTH CLAYTON February 25, 2013 4:11am
Sue Mulcahy has resigned from Murray Shire Council, the second councillor to do so in a week.
Brian Sharp resigned from his position, citing health reasons, on Monday.
It is the first time in recent Murray Shire Council history that two councillors have resigned within one week.
A by-election to fill the two casual vacancies is expected in May.
Mrs Mulcahy emailed her resignation to mayor Tom Weyrich and general manager Greg Murdoch on Thursday, three days after Mr Sharp’s resignation.
In a prepared statement to the Riv, Mrs Mulcahy said she took time to carefully consider her position in light of Mr Sharp’s resignation and the need to conduct a by-election.
‘‘Due to an unforseen increase in business commitments, I believe I am unable to commit fully the time and effort required to fulfil the role of a councillor,’’ Mrs Mulcahy said.
‘‘I have therefore decided to tender my resignation so my vacancy can be filled in the forthcoming by-election.’’
It was Mrs Mulcahy’s first term on council
Cr Weyrich described council as ‘‘trying’’, but stopped short of calling it dysfunctional.
He said council needed to move on and he believed it could do better in the future.
‘‘The meetings haven’t been all that productive,’’ he said.
‘‘I take part of the blame.
‘‘We’ve had rescission motions and backwards and forwards to-ing and fro-ing of the same subject.
‘‘We’ve dealt with several subjects over the last few months.
‘‘I probably should’ve drawn a line in the sand a while ago.’’
Cr Weyrich said it took time for councillors to work together as a cohesive group, and council was moving in the right direction.
‘‘I think we’re getting there slowly,’’ he said.
‘‘Last Tuesday’s meeting was probably been the best one we had.
‘‘We dealt with a number of issues once and for all.’’
Cr Weyrich said he was naturally disappointed with the resignation and being a councillor was not an easy job.
He said people had started drawing all sorts of conclusions and scenarios about the situation.
‘‘But I’m taking it for what it is,’’ Cr Weyrich said.
‘‘She’s given me an explanation.
‘‘I accept that and we’ll see what happens at by-election.’’
Cr Weyrich said he had nothing but praise for Mrs Mulcahy while she was a councillor.
He has already been approached by people contemplating standing for the positions.
‘‘I’ve given them the best advice I can,’’ Cr Weyrich said.
‘‘It’s pretty much a thankless job and you have to be prepared for a hefty level of criticism.’’
Mrs Mulcahy thanked the people who helped her campaign for council, Murray Shire residents and Murray Shire staff and councillors.
National Road Safety Week leads a mother to reflect on her son's death.
The last day of racing before the lake lowering produced results that reflected the skills of the most capable sailors.
In the summer of 1942 orchardists in the Goulburn Valley agreed to accept men from Tatura internment camps to pick the ripening fruit crop.
The Goulburn Valley Football League interleague squad has been announced.
Rochester’s female business heads met Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh on Thursday to discuss businesses and community issues in the district.
Biggest Morning Tea facelift
But this nasty pest is doing just that.
Although Tocumwal's Dan Ryan is in Nepal, he was not in the path of the disastrous earthquake.
The 2015 Harold Baigent Memorial Art Exhibition was a big success for Heathcote Lions Club on the weekend.
Two Barooga players will be suiting up in the Murray Football League’s 38-man interleague squad to take on Hampden Football League on May 23.
The first round of Deniliquin Netball Association’s winter competition on Saturday brought warm weather and eager netballers.
The University of Melbourne’s 2000 ha rural property at Dookie will be profitable and serve an important role as a teaching and research site, the new farm committee chairman said.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.