Councillor quits


Albany City Councillor and former deputy mayor Yvonne Attwell suddenly quit her post last Friday, citing an “apprehension” of pending “instability” as the reason for her resignation.

Mrs Attwell, who was deputy mayor for the past two years, resigned effective immediately with two years left to serve in her term and less than a week after the local government election.

In her resignation letter to Mayor Dennis Wellington, Mrs Attwell said she had been left “mentally and emotionally” drained from her first 18 months in council as a result of council’s “difficulties” with former chief executive Faileen James.

“The fallout from this period of council left many people, including myself, bereft, isolated and without support,” she wrote.

“We lost many good people who left the City with a feeling of injustice, and we, as a council, have done nothing to rectify the situation.”

Mrs Attwell said she felt comfortable some stability had returned to council before the October election and was willing to go on, but that changed after the election.

“After the recent election I have been left with the dreaded feeling of apprehension that we are about to enter another phase of instability,” she wrote.

“I do not feel the connection within council of loyalty and commitment, or that we have learnt from the past two years.

“All the procedures, processes and policies will not stop the same from happening again.”

In a statement released on Monday morning, Mr Wellington said he had “reluctantly” accepted Mrs Attwell’s resignation and was confident the stability of council would continue.

“The past 12 months have shown that council has been a unified team hell-bent on the best outcome for the City, and the new council will continue that,” he said.

“Yvonne has made a significant contribution to council over a number of years, including several years as a Town of Albany councillor in the 80s and 90s and her most recent service as deputy mayor.”

The Albany Advertiser understands if the Kalgan ward councillor had resigned earlier, her vacant seat would have formed part of the recent local government election.

Instead, there will be an extraordinary election, which is not likely to be held until early next year.

At a special council meeting last on Thursday night, six councillors were sworn-in, including incumbent members Ray Hammond, Carolyn Dowling and Rob Sutton.

Former City of Albany mayor Alison Goode, former councillor Nicolette Williams and newcomer Janelle Price were also sworn-in.

Councillor Greg Stocks was voted in as deputy mayor, defeating councillor Vince Calleja eight votes to five.

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