Nominations open for vacant councillor position

NOMINATIONS have opened for a vacant position on Gladstone Regional Council, following the resignation of Leo Neill-Ballantine late last year.

Council began advertising the position on Saturday.

Chief executive officer Stuart Randle said Mr Neill-Ballantine's resignation for personal reasons meant the council had to appoint a councillor to replace him for the year remaining in the current term.

The position has been advertised in The Observer and will promoted via social media.

"Council is required to advertise for nominations before appointing, by resolution, one of those who nominate," Mr Randle said.

Letters have been sent to unsuccessful candidates from the 2012 election, inviting them to again nominate.

Nominations close on January 30.

"Councillors will discuss the candidates in a closed meeting before being presented with an officer's report on the matter at council's general meeting on February 17, enabling them to appoint the new councillor," Mr Randle said.

"Subject to his or her availability, the new councillor will be sworn in at the following general meeting on March 3."

The appointment of the new councillor will be a decision solely made by existing councillors, because the Local Government Act provides that vacancies at this stage of the council term do not require a by-election.

Gladstone Region residents are only required to vote at the next full Local Government election in March 2016.

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