Peter Kostos likely to replace retiring Durrant
 Baw Baw News   By // 13:56, Friday 23 September 2011

Councillor for Mount Worth Ward John Durrant will leave the Baw Baw Shire at the end of the month, with his vacancy likely to be filled by former councillor Peter Kostos.

Durrant (Baw Baw Shire website)A media release from the Baw Baw Shire Council has stated that Durrant (right) will be retiring on the 30th, with a countback to determine his replacement.


Only three candidates contested the two-seat ward last election, with incumbent Bill Harrington and Durrant winning the seats. The remaining candidate was Peter Kostos.

Kostos was elected unopposed to the now defunct Lardner Ward in 2005, before unsuccessfully contesting the Mount Worth Ward in 2008.

The date of the countback is yet to be announced.

This year Durrant has worked on the Disability Advisory Council, the Early Years Planning Committee, the Bunyip Coordination Committee and was a substitute on the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation Board.


UPDATE (3:25PM 23 September):

Baw Baw Shire CEO Helen Anstis has told the Warragul Citizen that the VEC will determine if Peter Kostos is still eligible for the role.

“As there was only one other candidate for this seat, the Victorian Electoral Commission will undertake a process to determine if this candidate is still eligible. If the candidate is eligible, the VEC will write to the candidate and they will have 14 days in which to accept the role of Councillor. If the candidate is not eligible or declines the role, a by-election will be held,” Ms Anstis said.

Click here for more information about countbacks.

Image from the Baw Baw Shire website.

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