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City of Swan councillor Andrew Kiely.

Swan council seat left vacant after councillor resigns

CITY of Swan councillor Andrew Kiely has formally resigned from his post.

Deputy mayor Mel Congerton announced the Altone Ward councillor’s resignation at Wednesday night’s August 3 ordinary council meeting.

“Cr Kiely has provided his resignation as a councillor of the City of Swan, effective August 10,” Cr Congerton said.

“On behalf of council and staff I would like to say thank you Cr Kiely, or Andrew as I like to call him, for his presence in the chamber for a number of years.

“Cr Kiely has been a really good councillor dedicated to his job and we’re sad that he’s going but it happens, people come and people go.”

No further explanation was given on the reason for the resignation.

First elected to council in October 2017 and subsequently re-elected for another four years at the October 2021 local government election, Cr Kiely’s current term was due to expire in 2025.

His term-and-a-quarter has not been without friction.

In 2018 Cr Kiely, who had previously campaigned against the City’s Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan, sent a letter to the then-minister for local government voicing concerns the City had acted unlawfully in relation to the sale of property within the redevelopment and had thus removed himself from all decisions on the matter.

Later that same year, he indicated he would move to raise City of Swan rates by 20 per cent to expedite stage one of the Midland Oval redevelopment.

He was heavily criticised by ratepayers and City of Swan Mayor David Lucas – later withdrawing the item  denying the push had been a political stunt.

After the 2019 election, Cr Kiely voiced his intent to contest the election of then-mayor Kevin Bailey on the basis that another councillor, who Cr Bailey was in a long-term relationship with, should not have taken part in the secret ballot given their affiliation.

This was also later withdrawn.

After securing his Altone Ward seat for a second term, Cr Kiely ran for deputy mayor but lost with three votes to Cr Mel Congerton’s seven votes, and runner-up Cr Jennifer Catalano with five votes.

Cr Kiely has not been present in council chambers since April.

During the May meeting he submitted a request for a leave of absence from May 4 to August 1 which was passed by council 11/2 with Crs Aaron Bowman and Jennifer Catalano against.

The last Swan councillor to leave his post before term expiry was former Altone Ward councillor Peter Lyndon-James who resigned in 2019 to focus on his rehabilitation centre, Shalom House.

The resulting extraordinary election to fill the position cost the City $55,000.

Echo News has contacted Cr Kiely for comment.

By Claire Ottaviano

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