Putting my Hand up for Mayor in Council’s January meeting.

With the pending resignation of our Mayor Lachlan Clyne I am putting my Hand up to be Mayor leading up to 2018 November local government elections.

As I have blogged previously Lachlan Clyne, our Mayor, intends to resign in January. He is doing this in his pursuit of seeking the seat of Badcoe in the March State elections. The timing of the announcement is designed to avoid a costly bi-election.

Assuming he does resign, Council will appoint from within its ranks a replacement rather there be a bi-election. Section 54 (8) of the Local Government Act refers

If a casual vacancy occurs in the office of mayor—
(a) on or after 1 January of a year in which a periodic election is due to be held
(and before polling day for that periodic election); or
(b) within 7 months before polling day for a general election (other than a
periodic election) (the date of that polling day being known at that time),
a member chosen by the council may act in the office of mayor until the conclusion of the election.

I have confirmed to my colleagues in my written report to the November Council meeting that it is my intention to nominate at the January meeting.

I do so believing that Council needs continuity in the role of Mayor. Given my involvement in the last three months, my continuing in the role until the next election will provide I believe in the eyes of the public a stable governance for Council. For stability.

I have enjoyed taking on the responsibility for filling in for the Mayor over the last three months. Continuing in the role makes sense. Rather than someone else  starting from scratch for the ensuing the mere 7 months leading up to the caretaker mode and the election.

And I have the time, the energy and the enthusiasm to give to the role. So I am putting my hand up.

Deputy Mayor

Deputy DonLast night I was elected unopposed by my peers to take on the role next year of Deputy Mayor.

The position of Deputy Mayor is a position elected by council under clause 51 of the Local Government Act. It is a position elected by the members of Council for terms set by Council not exceeding 4 years. Council have previously determined that these terms be for 12 months.



The role of Deputy Mayor, under the Local Government Act is to

              (6) In the absence of the mayor or chairperson, a deputy mayor or deputy chairperson may act in the office of mayor or chairperson.

I look forward to working with our Mayor Lachlan Cylne in the coming year. It promises to be full of opportunities and challenges. My term begins on January 28 next year. So in the interim it is Deputy Mayor elect.

Cr Rabbitt filled the role this role last year and Cr Schnell before him. Cr Rabbitt’s term finishes on January 27 next year. Both Cr Rabbitt and Cr Schnell have done a sterling job during their respective terms. On behalf of Council and the ratepayers of Unley I thank them.

This is Deputy Dawg. Oops! Deputy Elect Don signing off.

Daddy Mayor

Yes! Our mayor has announced that he is soon to be a dad.

Lachlan & Jocelyn Clyne

Lachlan & Jocelyn Clyne

Fantastic news for Lachlan and Jocelyn and congratulations to them both.

Many will remember they got married on the 27th December last year at St Augustine’s Church, Unley. They then confirmed those vows in Jocelyn’s homeland of Singapore before having a honeymoon in Japan.

I understand the arrival of the young Clyne will be early October.



Police Ombudsman recommends Detective Brevet Sergeant Mark Stanley be charged with three breaches over fraud investigation into Unley mayor Lachlan Clyne

That is the headline in Today’s Advertiser regarding the Police Officer who investigated Mayor Clyne immediately after the last Last Government elections. And below is the transcript of the article.

THE police officer who conducted the failed identity fraud investigation into Unley mayor Lachlan Clyne is facing internal disciplinary charges.

An inquiry by the Police Ombudsman has recommended Detective Brevet Sergeant Mark Stanley be charged with three breaches of police regulations related to his alleged conduct during the course of police investigation.

The PO investigation was launched following a formal complaint by Ms Leonie Clyne, Lachlan’s mother, stemming from the alleged conduct of Bvt Sgt Stanley during a police search of her business premises on November 10, 2010, during the investigation into her son.

Police were investigating allegations Lachlan Clyne had stolen the identity information of mayoral rival Les Birch and published false documents using a fake email account during the 2010 local government elections.
He was charged with four counts of dishonestly dealing with documents and one count of using another person’s identity information to commit an offence. The charges were dismissed by deputy Chief Magistrate Dr Andrew Canon who ruled there was insufficient evidence.

Ms Clyne, a former police officer, lodged the formal complaint with the PCA in June, 2012, after a connected case was finalised in Adelaide Magistrates Court.

That case involved Lachlan Clyne’s lawyer Cormac McCarron, who had been charged with hindering police during the November 10 search at Ms Clyne’s Goodwood business. He was found not guilty by Magistrate Peter Snopek and was later awarded $37,550 in costs against police. Det. Bvt Sgt Stanley’s evidence was discredited in the trial and his conduct criticised by Magistrate Snopek.

In her complaint Ms Clyne alleged he had advised her that she could be compelled to answer his questions, that she was told she was not entitled to legal representation, that he was angry and abusive in his dealings with her and finally, that he made either false or misleading statements in police documents relating to the investigation of her son.

In her assessment and recommendation letter to Police Commissioner Gary Burns, Ms Bolt states that Bvt Sgt Stanley had acknowledged “ his handling of the matter was deficient’’ and he “recognises he was out of his depth when conducting this investigation.’’

In her assessment, which also examined the Mccarron case, Ms Bolt recommends Bvt Sgt Stanley be charged with a breach of discipline in relation to the first, second and fourth allegations. She states the third allegation concerning his alleged conduct towards Ms Clyne could not be substantiated.

Ms Clyne’s husband, Robert Clyne, yesterday said the investigation against his son was “political and it was vindictive’’ and had cost his family more than $100,000 in legal expenses that could not be recovered.
Assistant Commissioner Madeleine Glynn yesterday confirmed the recommendations were still being considered, but could not elaborate further because of the privacy provisions within the Act.

Mayor to get Married. It’s Official

Were we getting a heads up last Saturday night at the Unley Road Traders Association Evening Under the Stars with the message on the chairs of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne and his girlfriend. The names on the chairs they sat in read “Mayor Clyne” on one chair and “Mrs Clyne” on the other.

Seems like it was. He has now announced to those around him that he and fiance Jocelyn Genevieve are to be married.

The couple who have been seen arm in arm at many a venue recently have decided the right time is after the Mayoral elections in November this year and after the celebration of the birth of Christ.

And from this councillors point of view the ceremony I am rejoicing as it will be at the church that I am a Warden for; St Augustine’s Anglican Church of Unley, the Mayor looks out over every day from his Parlour.

Grab yourself a coffee with Mayor of Unley Lachlan Clyne and raise your …

City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne is inviting residents to join him for a coffee starting tomorrow week, Wednesday 14th August.

Mayor Lachlan would love for people to grab themselves a coffee and raise ideas and issues that they feel are important to Unley. Starting next Wednesday the 14th of August and occurring weekly every Wed from 8-10am at Pellegrini’s Cafe on Unley Rd. 

Our Young Mayor one of the rising stars of power in South Australia

Click on and read down this list to find our young Mayor has been included in the list of the top 25 rising stars in South Australia.


Just what has our Mayor been up to lately

City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne, on his return from walking the Kakoda trail leading up to and including on Anzac day proposed.

Proposed? Yes Lachlan has proposed to his girlfriend (now fiancee) Jocelyn Genevieve.

Quoting from his facebook page

“I asked Jocelyn to marry me on Saturday after returning from Kokoda. Jocelyn has been a saviour who has loved me unconditionally. I’m a very lucky and blessed man.”

The wedding I understand is being planned for November this year. More on that later.

Great to see that Lachlan’s life is now taking on a positive spin, after the trials of the last two years. And he clearly is at peace with the world as he was quoted I the first edition of Unley’s new Glossy magazine ” Aspire”.

In an article about Lachlan (prior to announcing his engagement to Jocelyn) called Lachlan Clyne, Mr Nice Guy Lachlan has declared he intends to run for Mayor again next year.

And Mum & Dad are pumped.

Unley Mayor Vindicated in Court

Today the Mayor of the City of Unley, Mr Lachlan Clyne, faced court for the final time and emerged the victor.

Defending himself against charges relating to the last Council election, Mayor Clyne presented to court today to restore his reputation and protect his integrity.  Deputy Chief Magistrate Cannon delivered a strong judgment in Mayor Clyne’s favour, finding that he had no case to answer.
“Whilst I have maintained my dedication and focus on my role as Mayor of the City” said Mayor Clyne today after the adjournment, “I feel a profound sense of relief that I can now operate freely and with full confidence.”

The Mayor was represented in court today by Michael Abbott, QC, and was accompanied by his family.  “I have been very humbled by the support I have received from friends, family and the community” he said.
The Mayor will be attending Channel 7’s Young Achiever Awards tonight and participating in the MS Mud Run on Sunday.
And his facebook page is running hot with support.

Mayor pleads not guilty

I am back from my time out and focusing on family issues that we had not planned on. Back to work today in fact in my day job to hear the news that our Mayor attended court today and pleaded not guilty to the charges laid last year against him by the police.

The attached Eastern Courier article covers the storey.


And our Mayor commented further that focus is swiftly back to Council related matters. Tour Down Under preparations is the main event!