Mur­ray River Coun­cil re­sults

For­mer coun­cil­lors dom­i­nate Mur­ray River’s make-up

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE - ~ with River­ine Her­ald

Three for­mer Mur­ray Shire coun­cil­lors and three new­com­ers have won the Moama and Greater Mur­ray ward elec­tion for the new Mur­ray River Coun­cil.

The Moama ward will be rep­re­sented by Ni­cole Co­hen, Chris Bilkey and Gen Camp­bell, while Ge­off Wise, Tom Weyrich and Tony Aquino are the Greater Mur­ray ward coun­cil­lors.

The Greater Wakool ward was won by all for­mer coun­cil­lors, im­me­di­ate past Wakool Shire mayor Neil Gorey and Alan Mathers and Ann Crowe.

The re­sults were of­fi­cially de­clared yes­ter­day, and for­mer Mur­ray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich has al­ready in­di­cated he would seek elec­tion from his peers as the new coun­cil’s mayor.

Cr Gorey said while he feels it is too early to have any pre­con­ceived ideas about the lead­er­ship, he said he would be pre­pared to stand if sup­ported.

‘‘It is a demo­cratic process and any of the nine coun­cil­lors can put their hand up for mayor or deputy mayor,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a de­ci­sion that has to made in an open dis­cus­sion with the other coun­cil­lors.’’

Polling the high­est num­ber of votes in the Moama ward, Nikki Co­hen said she was ‘‘hum­bled’’ by the sup­port.

‘‘I feel re­ally hum­bled to have been elected and cer­tainly did not ex­pect such a high per­cent­age of the vote,’’ she said.

‘‘But the com­mu­nity has placed their faith and trust in me to do a job and I will cer­tainly do all that I can to not let them down — let the work be­gin.’’

Mrs Co­hen said she would not put her hand up for the mayor po­si­tion.

Mean­while, for­mer Mur­ray Shire coun­cil­lor Chris Bilkey said he wasn’t sure whether he would stand for the may­oral po­si­tion.

He said he was elected with ‘‘trep­i­da­tion’’ on Wed­nes­day be­cause the suc­cess of this coun­cil was de­pen­dent on the ‘‘level of good will’’ of the coun­cil­lors.

New­comer Tony Aquino said he was look­ing for­ward to be­ing on the new coun­cil and ruled out chal­leng­ing for the lead­er­ship.

The first meet­ing of the newly elected coun­cil is Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 26 at the Mathoura Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion and Busi­ness Cen­tre’s multi func­tion room on the Cobb Hwy from 1pm where the mayor and deputy mayor are ex­pected to be elected.

The first item of busi­ness will be the af­fir­ma­tion of the coun­cil­lors.

Neil Gorey.

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