AT LEAST four sitting Horsham Rural City councillors will not nominate for re-election in 2020.
As the council prepares to elect its mayor for the final year of its four-year term, Pam Clarke, David Grimble, Alethea Gulvin and Mark Radford have declared they are unlikely to nominate for the next local government elections in late 2020.
Cr John Robinson said he was undecided, while Les Power and Josh Koenig did not return requests for comment.
Councillors were elected to office in November 2016.
During their term they have elected chief executive Sunil Bhalla, debated the route for a bypass of Horsham and faced controversy when the council's rating strategy raised farm rates and lowered those for urban residents. This led to the development of an independent rates committee.
The council has also noted the opening of the Kalkee Road Children and Community Hub, while its draft City to River plan was released for comment.
Cr Robinson said interests of the community would help him make a decision about renominating for council.
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"When I stood aside earlier this year, I took advice from the community and they said they wanted me to be there to minimise the damage from issues in the 20-year vision for Horsham," he said.
"Whether I stand for election is to be determined, (but it will be) driven by the interest of the community. If those interests include me, then that's terrific - because I want to make a difference."
Cr Robinson, who is in his first term, said he hoped to see some councillors re-elected so that a "body of experience" in local government was not lost.
"It's reasonable to expect a high turnover due to the dissatisfaction with the council," he said.
Cr Clarke said she wouldn't put her hand up again, but would spend the next 12 months convincing good candidates to nominate.
"People interested in running should attend council meetings now so they aren't blindsided if they are elected," she said.
"They should also know they can't make any changes unless they have the support of at least three other councillors.
"It can be frustrating and a long four years if councillors come in with a single issue which is resolved, or can't be resolved, and they can become quite obstructive in their behaviour after that because they aren't there for the right reasons."
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Cr Clarke is in her fourth term on the council, having served two three-year terms between 2002 and 2008 and another two four-year terms between 2012 and 2020.
Cr Radford said he was "pretty sure" this term - his third - would be his last.
"I'm cautious - you never say never," he said. "From my point of view, the most important thing the council does is its budget and council plan.
"I'm happy with the budgets council has put out in all my years. I'm also glad to have been part of the Horsham Town Hall opening ceremony and to see it being so successful in the community."
Cr Gulvin said she probably wouldn't stand for re-election.
"I'd like to start a family and I won't be able to manage (council) as well," she said.
Cr Gulvin, a teacher, said she was thankful to council staff for changing the timing of meetings to better suit her work schedule.
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Cr Grimble said he was not intending to run again "at this stage".
"It's good for there to be a different set of eyes and expectations on council. Having served three terms, it's time to commit to family life," he said.
He said he would push for a "meaningful outcome" from the state government on rates in his final year.
"The government is doing a review but it doesn't necessarily mean rating relief," he said.
"We need meaningful outcomes to change the unequitable and unsustainable process. I'd also like some clearer knowledge on how to get trucks out of the city."
Cr Grimble has served since 2008, including two terms as mayor between 2012 and 2014.
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