- Thursday 27 March 2008
While we have all watched the Sunshine Coast Regional Council elections unfold in the local media, residents are reminded that the winning Councillors cannot officially take on their roles until the Declaration of Poll and the official Declaration of Oath are made.
Acting Chief Executive Officer, John Knaggs, said residents eager to contact their local councillor with issues and questions will need to instead contact their local office of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council until both declarations are made.
“The declaration of poll, or the result of the election, signifies the formal start of the term of office for the first mayor and councillors of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council,” Mr Knaggs said.
“However, the Queensland Electoral Commission is yet to make that declaration. This means that while the publicised results show certain people have been elected onto the new Council, these Councillors-elect do not have the power to act.
“After the poll is formally declared, the mayor and councillors must take the "Declaration of Office" before they can officially start their duties.
“We expect the poll to be declared this week and the councillors to meet for their first official duty – taking the oath off office – during the first week of April.
“For residents, this does not mean that work is not taking place. For staff it is business as usual. So, during this period before our councillors are officially on deck, I encourage residents to contact their local offices of the council rather than the local councillor to ensure that issues, whether they be about a pothole, a development or anything in between, are addressed.”
To contact the Susnhine Coast Regional Council telephone the Caloundra office on 5420 8200, the Maroochydore or Nambour offices on phone 5475 8501 or the Tewantin office on 5449 5200 from 8am daily (Monday to Friday).