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A photo of the Donnybrook Post Office

Photo: Donnybrook Post Office. Image: Calistemon/Wikimedia Commons.

Ms McGowan's appointment as Commissioner follows the sudden resignation of 5 elected members of the Donnybrook-Balingup Shire.

The Local Government Act 1995 provides that a Commissioner can be appointed to fulfil the role of the council if more than half of the council becomes vacant.

With the appointment of a Commissioner, the remaining four council positions have been declared vacant. The Commissioner will perform the duties of the council and exercise its powers until a new council is elected.

It is anticipated a new council will be elected during the scheduled October 2023 local government elections.

Ms McGowan will formally commence as Commissioner next week.

Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup


Page reviewed 27 February 2023