Councillor calls it a day

PLAYFORD Councillor Carol Muzyk has vowed to return to the chamber and run for Mayor, despite handing in her resignation from council last week.

At last Tuesday’s council meeting, Mrs Muzyk relinquished her position as an elected member, but claimed she will be back once she gains the experience she believes is required to run for Mayor in the future.

Mrs Muzyk said travel time associated with her professional endeavours has limited her ability to serve as an elected member and now was the right time to resign.

“I have been struggling over the past few months to continue my role as an elected member,” she said.

“Knowing that we’re coming up to local government elections and (council) will be going into caretaker mode, now feels like the appropriate time to resign.

“I want to concentrate my efforts in gaining the additional experience and knowledge, which I think I need if I’m going to run (for Mayor) in the future.”

Mrs Muzyk said the opportunity to direct her efforts towards acquiring the skills needed to run for Mayor was too good to pass up.

“We’ve had some fantastic mayors in the past and I’d like to be able to build on my current experiences,” she said.

“I’ve learnt a lot from Cr Baker and Mayor Docherty, which has given me the realisation that I have a lot of gaps to fill, and so that’s what I’m doing – filling those gaps.”

Due to the timing of Mrs Muzyk’s resignation, there will be no by-election, with her position remaining vacant until the November local government elections.

Mrs Muzyk said she hopes to see many people put their hand up to be an elected member at the upcoming elections, and will be watching closely to what is happening within the chamber.

“I’ve heard a number of candidates are coming forward and I certainly wish them all the best,” she said.

“This term will provide me with an opportunity to have more of an advocacy role and I’ll be watching, and listening, quite intently on what is going on in the chamber and the decisions which are being made.”

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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