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Simon Cuthbert, an East Ward councillor for two and a half years, resigned from his position on Monday.

Shire of Mundaring councillor resigns

Shire of Mundaring councillor Simon Cuthbert resigned from his post this week citing the prioritisation of his mental health as the reason for his decision.

The popular East Ward representative made the announcement via a local Facebook group Monday night, with the Shire of Mundaring posting a statement on its website regarding the decision the next day.

Mr Cuthbert said in a statement to Echo News that he had been “honoured and privileged to have been voted in and been able to serve the community”.

“But there comes a time when one’s mental health takes priority over all else,” he said.

“I made the decision after several months of thinking on it.

“The decision was to ensure that I can give my mental health and personal life the attention it needs at this point in my life.”

Mr Cuthbert was elected to council in October 2019 and in that time, stood passionately behind many issues faced by the community and engaged with fellow councillors at meetings, even if his view point was not the majority’s.

Mr Cuthbert’s shock departure comes just a few weeks after he had asked for additional Shire funds to pay for a training course along with deputy president Paige McNeil, but the request was knocked back by his fellow councillors at the March 8 meeting.

A Shire spokesperson said details of the election for a new councillor would be considered at the April 12 council meeting, with president James Martin saying it had been a privilege to work with Mr Cuthbert.

“He is passionate about the community with which he has ties back to childhood,” he said.

“He always pitches in and contributes and he holds the highest levels of integrity.

“Simon exemplifies the qualities communities expect of their leaders.

“We respect Simon’s decision to prioritise his mental health and wellbeing.

“He continues to have our full support and we wish him well for the future.”

By Rebecca Peppiatt

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