A Halls Creek Shire councillor and former WA Rural Woman of the Year has been disqualified from her local government role for not attending meetings.

Key points:

  • Former WA Rural Woman of the Year Darrilyn Gordon has been disqualified from her Halls Creek councillor role
  • Ms Gordon was serving her first term at the shire after being elected in 2019
  • The shire’s president says Ms Gordon was removed for missing meetings

Darrilyn Gordon was a first term councillor, elected in 2019, but was removed from the role after failing to show up to three meetings in a row.

She told ABC Kimberley that personal issues meant she was unable to dedicate her time to the shire.

“I don’t really like talking about what is going on in my space, all I can say is that I’ve really had a lot going on,” she said.

The 2018 WA Rural Woman of the Year comes from a pastoral and cattle industry background.

She grew up on Lamboo Station, about 40 kilometres from Halls Creek, where she helped run more than 2,500 head of shorthorn brahman-cross cattle.

An outbreak property with a dirt road and a sign on the gate saying Lamboo Station

Ms Gordon grew up on Lamboo Station, near Halls Creek, where she helped run cattle.(

ABC Rural: Courtney Fowler


Shire President Malcolm Edwards said he did not know why Ms Gordon was absent.

But Ms Gordon said she made efforts to keep the shire informed of her absences, although she recalled failing to formally apply for a leave of absence at least once.

“I’ve always made sure to get in contact and let council know that I was unable to attend because of everything else that was going on.”

Her recent attendance record is in stark contrast to her record from last year, when she attended meetings for seven months and had formal apologies for missing meetings in May, August and October.

An older man in a checked shirt sits smiling in front of the Halls Creek Shire offices.

Shire president Malcolm Edwards says he doesn’t know why Ms Gordon missed so many meetings.(

ABC Kimberley: Andrew Seabourne


‘I was up for the challenge’

Ms Gordon pushed back on the suggestion she underestimated the commitments required by councillors.

“I knew what I was getting myself into and I was really up for the challenge,” she said.

“I think I’ve done the best I can in the way that I’ve handled it.”

New councillors can access a training program to help them get up to speed on the role but Ms Gordon said more support would be useful.

“Ongoing support is a must, it just doesn’t end when you make it to council — it should be a continuous thing,” she said.

Her vacancy will be filled at a local government election on October 16.

‘I was up for the challenge’: WA Rural Woman of the Year disqualified from Kimberley council
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