Election coming to fill Picard vacancy

Adelaide Plains Council will hold a supplementary election in coming months following the resignation of long-time councillor Anne Picard.

Mrs Picard was first elected to represent the Lewiston ward in November 2006 and has served continuously since that time.

Prior to this her husband Michael served eight years with the District Council of Mallala, three of them as chairman.

Both Anne and Michael have served on the Gawler River Flood Management Authority as board members and suggest they will continue to take a keen interest in the river and its floodplain.

“We have both been involved one way or another in council issues, particularly in the Lewiston and Two Wells areas, from about the mid 80’s,” Mrs Picard said in an email response to the Echo.

Mrs Picard handed in her resignation to APC at the end of June but she has firmly given no comment as to the reasons behind her decision.

APC mayor, Tony Flaherty praised Mrs Picard’s time on council.

“Anne Picard was a well respected elected member of Adelaide Plains Council, having served her community for almost 11 years,” Mr Flaherty said.

“Anne’s passion for her region cannot be understated and council particularly benefitted from Anne’s keen interest and knowledge in Gawler River flood management matters.

“Indeed, she served as board member on the GRFMA for many years.”

APC chief executive officer, James Miller, said the supplementary election process for the ward of Lewiston would begin as soon as possible and council would be assisted by the Australian Electoral Commission throughout the election

If you would like to vote at the upcoming Adelaide Plains Council supplementary election for the ward of Lewiston, you had better be quick and get your name on the voters’ roll.

APC is set to open the ballot boxes for the vacant position on October 9 but the voters roll closes on July 31.

Key dates for the election period include August 24, when nominations for the position officially open; September 7 (nominations close); September 19-25 (ballot packs are posted out) and October 9 (polling day).

Ballot boxes will be located at both the Mallala and Two Wells offices.

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