City of Victor Harbor councillor Peter Charles has polarised the community with many of his views and fighting for what he believes is right. But now the frustration of being an elected member has taken its toll and he has resigned from council, just short of his four year term.
“Four years ago, I became an elected member and now I’m almost at the end of the term. I have tried my absolute hardest to achieve positive outcomes for the community but to what avail? Ten or so Code of Conducts later, I feel punished for my efforts and am disillusioned by the controlling faction. Is this the team our community needs?,” the former councillor asked.
“Am I grandstanding? Yes! Why? Because you need to take a serious interest in what council is up to month by month, be informed, demand better, expect results, as we only get out, what we put in.”
Council elections will be held in November and nominations are being accepted from September 4 to September 18 and Mr Charles said he believed he will be better served in the coming weeks by not being a councillor.
“I hope the community thinks before it votes at this election. Please before you vote do your research for your communities sake,” he said.
Mr Charles pointed to a number of issues during his four year term that has given cause to this decision.
“I have had so many disappointments and they have included the loss of the bike trail at 74 Hindmarsh Road, the ridiculous cost of toilets at The Esplanade, a single storey building could have been built for the same cost, the lack of openness by council, the Wards survey where the community voted in support of them, but we will not have them in November, the sculptures on Granite Island and the Stock Road development, which may cost council and in turn the ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions one day.”
Although Mr Charles has resigned, he has not ruled out nominating to be a candidate at this year’s November election.
“I have a strong belief Victoria (City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy) is our answer and I hope she gets the right team of councillors to work with her after the November council elections. I have some thinking to do, but I feel a lot of pressure has lifted from me since offering my resignation,” he said.