MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Councillor Lynn Bowden has resigned as Watson Ward councillor.
She cited ongoing health issues as the reason for her decision.
“We are all very saddened by Cr Bowden’s decision as she has been a strong supporter and advocate for so many across the peninsula in her time as councillor,” the mayor Cr Graham Pittock said.
“We will miss her keen intellect, passion and willingness to get behind so many vital projects that have taken shape as a result of Lynn’s involvement.”
Council advised Cr Pittock will take over her ward in the lead up to the next election.
There will not be a by-election for Watson ward as the next poll is in October, shire communications manager Mark Kestigian said.
Watson Ward constituents can call Cr Pittock if they need assistance. He will be available to meet with residents 9am-noon, Thursday 5 May, at the Ducky Brown Café on Eramosa Rd West, Somerville.
Cr Bowden was elected to council in 2008 and served her first term as councillor for Watson Ward, which covers Somerville, Baxter, Tyabb and parts of Moorooduc and Pearcedale.
She was re-elected for a second term in 2012, and became mayor in November 2012.
Her focus has been on youth activities, sporting facilities and programs for young people. She has sought support for older age groups, and in particular, in maintaining accessibility throughout townships, especially for people with motorised scooters or limited mobility.
She has served on the committee of management of the Somerville Community House and, in her previous term of council, was supportive of community groups in Watson Ward.