Cr Frank Pardon will no longer continue in his role as a Noosa Councillor, following today’s guilty verdict on charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16 and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.
Under the Local Government Act, if Frank Pardon receives a custodial sentence he is automatically disqualified from his councillor position.
“However, custodial sentence or not, I don’t believe it is appropriate for Frank Pardon to continue his councillor role,” Mayor Tony Wellington said.
“I am deeply disturbed by the court verdict,” Cr Wellington said.
“I extend my sympathies to the young woman, who had to go through this ordeal. No one should have to endure such an experience.”
“While these incidents occurred more than 25 years ago, and prior to Frank Pardon’s election as a councillor, no one can condone or accept such actions by an individual.”
“As a father of a daughter, and grandfather to a granddaughter, my heart goes out to the young woman and her entire family.” Cr Wellington said.
Cr Pardon will not be replaced, prior to the March 2020 elections.
“In accordance with the Local Government Act 2009, a by-election is not required if a vacancy occurs less than 6 months before the scheduled election, the Mayor said.
“Thus Cr Pardon’s position will remain vacant until filled at the March Local Government elections.”