Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council farwells one of its own

John Robbins, Tarlee with Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council former councillor Wayne Molineux, who has resigned from his position on council.

John Robbins, Tarlee with Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council former councillor Wayne Molineux, who has resigned from his position on council.

It’s been a hard decision for Wayne Molineux, but personal circumstances have led to him resigning as a councillor for Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council. 

The feeling of not fulfilling his role to his “absolute ability” led to this decision. 

Mr Molineux said the past six months had become busier than usual for him and with family and four properties to take care of, he couldn’t focus his attention on that and being a councillor. 

He served as a CGVC councillor for 7.5 years. 

Mr Molineux was voted in part way through a term (when another councillor resigned), voted in for another four years and was re-elected in 2014.  

“It has been coming for a while (this decision), I wasn’t going to re-nominate but there was no one from down south who put their hand up,” Mr Molineux said. 

He said it had gotten harder to be available for, what seemed to be, a weekly Monday night meeting.

With himself, Cr Dianne Schwarz and Cr Elizabeth Calvert from the southern areas, Mr Molineux encouraged anyone from those regions to nominate. 

All councillors within the CGVC act as area councillors, so although the whole region is looked at and thought about, Mr Molineux still encouraged a southern ratepayer to nominate. 

“I have a lot of confidence for this council and they are trying to do the right thing for this area,” he said. 

Mr Molineux said his decision was supported by the confidence he had of the current elected members. 

He took a strong stance on the financial position of council and felt the current councillors would continue to help reduce the debt. 

“The current council is very responsible and I feel they will continue the change,” Mr Molineux said. 

His resignation was announced at council’s ordinary meeting on Monday, March 21. 

Council’s CEO Roy Blight said councillors were given the opportunity to speak about Mr Molineux and their time working with him.

All spoke highly of him and thanked him for his contributions to council.

There will be a call for nominations and if necessary, a supplementary election will be held – if needed, the supplementary election will be a whole council area vote.