SHALOM House chief executive officer Peter Lyndon-James has resigned from his role as a City of Swan councillor.
In a statement on Friday, December 21 Mr Lyndon-James said he had also decided to quit his Senate campaign.
Mr Lyndon-James said he would shift his focus back to Shalom House the men’s rehabilitation centre he founded.
He said he had handed in his resignation letter to the City of Swan’s chief executive officer Mike Foley.
In his resignation letter he thanked the community for giving him the opportunity to serve them.
“I put my hand up to run for local council with the intention to serve the local community, to be a voice for those who didn’t have one and to try and help anyone experiencing the red-tape and bureaucracy issues like I was,’’ he said.
“It’s not until you are in that position that you can fully understand what it’s like.
“I fought for honesty, transparency and accountability.
“The many codes of conduct governing the operations of local councils, however, have put a muzzle on me and other councillors who are trying to do the good work of serving the community.
“I know that they effectively prevent us from helping people and in doing our jobs.’’
He said he hoped to put to good use the understanding he had gained of how local government worked, while continuing to serve the community in the critical field of rehabilitation.
“Over the past couple of years, I have had people from not only Australia, but all over the world, approach me and spend time at Shalom House to learn and replicate the model elsewhere.
“There is a large need for help in this area and it is about to increase because of the decisions our state government is about to make, which will exponentially grow the problem we already have.
“Looking ahead, I need to put things in place to prepare for the outcomes that I expect will be caused by the Labor government’s mistakes.’’
Mr Lyndon-James expressed disappointment that on the many occasions he tried to meet with state government decision-makers, only to find that his requests for meetings to discuss substance abuse and rehabilitation issues had been turned down.
“I will be travelling around the country, helping others with the same heart and intentions by sharing what I have learnt and assisting them in opening the much-needed facilities.
“Finally, to all who voted for me, I assure them that their vote did not go to waste.
“The knowledge and experience I have gained whilst on the council and how it operates, will enable to me to serve them – the resident, the ratepayer, the everyday Australian – in other ways.”
Mr Foley released a statement about 4.15pm.
“Today, I received the resignation of Altone ward councillor Peter Lyndon-James, effective immediately,’’ he said.
“I have accepted his resignation this afternoon.
“I will now prepare a report to the council which will be considered at the next ordinary council meeting on January 16.
“I will also liaise with the Western Australian Electoral Commission to set a date for an extraordinary election in 2019.
“The City of Swan Council will continue to operate as normal to serve our community.
“Councillors David Lucas and Andrew Kiely will continue to represent our Altone ward constituents.
“I would like to thank Peter for the time he has served on the City of Swan council over the past 14 months.”
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas thanked Mr Lyndon-James for his contribution to the Altone ward and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.