Voters turn out for election and referendum
THE Shire of Murray boasted one of the biggest increases in voter participation in the local government elections on Saturday, with a 35.02 per cent return vote rate and an increase of more than 11 per cent on the 2013 and 2015 elections.
Doug McLarty (2742), Brad Cardilini (2248), Geoff Black (2023) Brenda Beacham (1899) and sitting member Maree Reid (1971) will join Crs Steve Lee, Ange Rogers, Casey Rose and David Bolt.
The vote was the end of an era for long-serving members Christine Thompson, a councillor for more than 30 years, and Trish Briggs, who has served for 12 years, who were not reelected.
The Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Referendum, held at the same time as the referendum, won resounding support, with 3465 votes (84.33 per cent) for the deviation and 644 (15.67 per cent) against.
The council will now consider an officer report in November to formally lobby the State Government to support the deviation and provide the necessary $27.5 million.