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2 June, 2021

Councillor Farinelli resigns.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council's Division 6 representative Kylie Farinelli has resigned her position effective immediately.

By Peter McCullagh

Pic: CCRC Website

Her Council Facebook Page is not visible, however late yesterday Cr Farinelli’s page did post notification to the residents of her resignation.

“To be elected as a Councillor for local government, in my personal opinion, is one of the greatest honors and I take great pride in the role. When I ran for this term, as in my last term, it was because I had the desire to serve my community and make it a better place. So, it is with the greatest regret that today I put forward my letter of resignation as Councillor of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council effective immediately. 

It has become apparent to me that I will not be able to serve my community at a level that is satisfactory to me or in a way my community deserves nor do my morals allow for me to waste one more dollar of ratepayer’s money. 

Thank you to those of you who have supported me from day one and I wish only the best for this beautiful region into the future.” – Kylie Farinelli.

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Cassowary Coast Regional Councils CEO, James Gott confirmed the resignation this morning.

“Cassowary Coast Regional Council Councillor Kylie Farinelli has tendered her resignation from the office of Councillor.

 “The resignation is effective from 1 June 2021.

 “The process of filing a Councillor vacancy is well established in legislation and under the Local Government Act 2009, Council will now approach the Honorable Steven Miles, Minister State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

 “Council will update the community as soon as more information becomes available.”

Councillor Farinelli defeated the previous sitting member Ben Heath at the 2020 Local Government Elections. Harry Tenni, a Cassowary Coast Council employee also stood for election in Division 6. With the resignation of Cr Farinelli a by-election will need to be called in accordance with Queensland legislation.

Cassowary Coast social media overnight has lived up to expectations with a diverse range of opinions on the resignation.

Councillor Farinelli held the Economic Development and Tourism portfolios for Council, including servicing as Council’s representative on the Tropical Coast Tourism board. She was replaced last year by Councillor Nick Pervan as the Council board representative.

More details to follow. 

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