ALL of the groups contesting the Kiama Council elections had some success last Thursday, with at least one member of every group declared a councillor.
The new councillors agreed it would be a balanced council.
“We’re going to have a broad knowledge base,” councillor Gavin McClure said.
Councillor Brian Petschler said he believed the new council would function much like the last one.
“One of the great things about having new councillors elected is they give it new blood and new life,” he said.
Cr Petschler was named in position one with his running mate, Jamberoo dairy farmer Mark Honey, elected in position five.
Positions two and six went to Greens’ civil engineer Andrew Sloan and Kiama High School teacher Kathy Rice respectively. Cr Rice will be the council’s sole female contributor.
Sitting councillor Warren Steel was named in position three, while Locals for Locals retired detective sergeant Dennis Seage took fourth spot.
Cr Petschler’s third candidate, Bob Behl looked set to join the council after first preferences were counted. However he was overtaken as preferences were distributed.
That made way for ungrouped candidate Mark Way, councillor Neil Reilly and The Right Direction’s Gavin McClure to secure positions seven to nine respectively.
Cr Way had threatened to challenge the result if he was not elected, arguing the several informal votes cast in his favour showed residents wanted him to serve, despite failing to complete the ballot paper correctly.
Cr Way said he would still campaign to have the proportional representation system changed – he has already submitted a 10-point summary on a new system to Member for Kiama Gareth Ward including eliminating groups, having no minimum number of preferences and increasing advertising on how to vote.
Councillors voted on Kiama’s new mayor and deputy mayor at a meeting last night.
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