REGION - Northern Grampians Shire Council is preparing itself for a by-election following the resignation of Cr Jim Anderson.
Cr Anderson announced his resignation from council effective August 30.
As a result, voters in the Bolangum ward will go to the polls again on November 23. The election will once again be conducted by postal ballot and will coincide with by-elections in the Hindmarsh Shire and the City of Greater Geelong resulting from similar extra-ordinary vacancies in those two municipalities.
Cr Anderson received praise from fellow councillors and officers for his work on the Northern Grampians Shire.
Chief executive officer, Justine Linley, said Cr Anderson, over this past 10 months, had accumulated more than 10 years of public service as a councillor and was eligible for nomination for a 10 year service award from the state.
Mrs Linley proposed that council formally thanks Mr Anderson for his commitment and dedication to the citizens and businesses of the shire over many years and wishes him well in the future.
Cr Paul Russell said he agreed Cr Anderson's contribution needed to be recognised.
"I think we should acknowledge the enormous contribution that Cr Anderson has made to local government both in this current term and in his previous terms," Cr Russell said.
"I personally have learnt a lot from Cr Anderson, but unfortunately personal reasons meant he has had to resign."
Cr Karen Hyslop said she too had learnt a great deal from Cr Anderson in her first term as a councillor.