Last councillor chosen by lucky dip
The final vacancy on the Shire of Katanning council was filled with a name drawn out of a hat.
Julie Bucknall and Ernie Menghini placed fifth in polling when ballots closed last Saturday, sitting on 595 votes each.
A recount took place with the same result.
It is policy to then have a “lucky dip”, with a name drawn to select the winning candidates.
A draw was completed to decide a winner with Mr Menghini winning.
He joined Kristy D’Aprile, who garnered the most votes with 1117, Alep Mydie (967 votes), Owen Boxall (790) and Danny McGrath (769) on the council.
Matthew Collis was the remaining candidate to miss out on a seat, polling 504 votes.
The total number of votes for the election was 5337, a turnout rate of 51.85 per cent. All of the candidates’ positions expire on October 16, 2021.
Shire of Katanning president Liz Guidera said the council was looking forward to working with its new team.
“We are looking forward to working with the new council — there is a great team going forward,” she said.
“We also appreciate all those who nominated.
“They are big contributors to our community.
“And also, thank you to the two retiring councillors for their service to our community.”