Last coun­cil­lor cho­sen by lucky dip

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

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.”

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