THREE COUNCILLORS RESIGN FROM DUNGOG COUNCIL

The Upper Hunter MP has called on the state government to appoint an administrator to Dungog Council immediately, following the shock resignation of three councillors overnight.

Mayor Harold Johnston and councillors Glen Wall and Stephen Farrow have quit, bringing the total number of councillors to tender their resignation in the past month to five.

State MP Michael Johnsen says the situation is “not sustainable”. He’s set to meet with council staff today.

The resignations come at an already turbulent time for the council, with an ongoing dispute over a possible merger with Port Stephens.

Last month it rejected a voluntary amalgamation, with a $15-million transitional payment on the table.