The leadership of Lockhart shire is up in the air after current mayor, Peter Yates, revealed that he hasn’t decided if he will stand for council this year.
After fighting hard to remain as a standalone council, only half of the councillors have confirmed they will stand again this year just days out from nominations opening.
The Rock-based councillor Gail Driscoll hopes to be elected again.
Her aim is to “grow the shire so it has the scale and capacity to be Lockhart Shire in the future.”
This attitude is reflected by both deputy mayor Rodger Schirmer and Councillor Greg Verdon.
“We want to maintain our stand-alone status,” Cr Schirmer said.
Cr Verdon also hopes to see more new councillors stand this year.
“It’s always good to get fresh blood,” he said.
“I’d like to think people who do come on board have strong shire-wide perspective.”
Cr Verdon also hopes to see the area's two biggest tourism attractions promoted more - The Rock hill and Galore Hill.
The Lockhart Shire Council is split into three wards - A, B and C.
To stand for council, lodge a nomination form and $125 nomination deposit with the returning officer.
Nominations open on August 1 and close on August 10. Elections will be held on September 10 and voting is compulsory.
Mayor Peter Yates: Undecided
Deputy Mayor Rodger Schirmer: Running
Max Day: Running
Derek Douglas: Undecided
Gail Driscoll: Running
Rodney McDonnell: Couldn’t be reached
Jim Morgan: Undecided
Greg Verdon: Running
A Ward Lockhart Central School, Halliday Street
B Ward Lockhart Central School, Halliday Street
B Ward Pleasant Hills Public School, Crawford Street
B Ward The Rock Community Hall, Urana Street
B Ward Yerong Creek Public School, Cole Street
C Ward Lockhart Central School, Halliday Street
C Ward The Rock Community Hall, Urana Street
More information can be found on the Lockhart Shire Council website.