Vot­ers turn out for elec­tion and ref­er­en­dum

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

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.

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