High re­sult sees rep­re­sen­ta­tion rise from seven coun­cil­lors to 10

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Brad­bury and An­gela Ranke

THE La­bor Party has recorded its best re­sult in Black­town in more than a decade, pick­ing up an ex­tra three seats in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion on Saturday.

La­bor has in­creased its rep­re­sen­ta­tion from seven coun­cil­lors to 10, the first time this has hap­pened since 2004.

The Lib­er­als went from six to five coun­cil­lors.

With count­ing still un­der way at the time of publication, re­sults showed La­bor lead­ing in all five wards.

The Lib­eral Party looked set to lose at least two seats in Black­town.

Res­i­dents were re­quired to vote in three coun­cil­lors to each of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment area’s five wards. (Wards 4 and 5 cover Mt Druitt and St Marys suburbs.)

Black­town in­cum­bent Mayor Stephen Bali said La­bor had en­joyed an 11 per cent swing in Black­town.

“This is the high­est re­sult we have had in more than a decade,” Cr Bali said.

“Peo­ple are sick of (Pre­mier Mike) Baird ig­nor­ing Black­town by con­cen­trat­ing on Par­ra­matta.

“The Lib­er­als also de­clared Black­town Coun­cil not fit for the fu­ture, which peo­ple re­acted against pretty an­grily.”

He said state and fed­eral is­sues in­clud­ing the ban on grey­hound rac­ing, Badgerys Creek Air­port and the lack of in­vest­ment in Black­town had fac­tored into the re­sults.

La­bor posted its strong­est re­sult in Ward 4 where it won 63 per cent of the vote.

Mayor Stephen Bali will al­most cer­tainly be joined by La­bor can­di­date Carol Is­rael and Lib­eral can­di­date Linda San­tos.

In Ward 5 La­bor’s Tony Bleas­dale was well in front of the Lib­eral’s Peter Camil­leri (19.5 per cent).

He will likely be joined by

I have every con­fi­dence that Mayor Bali and the La­bor team will serve our city well Ed­mond Atalla

run­ning mate Brad Bunt­ing.

Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla, who stepped down at this elec­tion af­ter serv­ing 12 years as a Black­town coun­cil­lor, con­grat­u­lated his for­mer lo­cal gov­ern­ment col­leagues.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the amaz­ing Black­town La­bor team led by my good friend Mayor Stephen Bali in se­cur­ing at least nine out of 15 seats, with the 10th seat a big pos­si­bil­ity,” Mr Atalla said.

“Thank you to the Black­town com­mu­nity who en­trusted Black­town to the La­bor hands.

“I have every con­fi­dence that Mayor Bali and the La­bor team will serve our city well and I look for­ward to work­ing with the coun­cil­lors for a bet­ter Black­town.”

The fi­nal re­sult will not be known un­til Fri­day when pre-poll and postal votes are counted.

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali and Op­po­si­tion Leader Luke Fo­ley hand out vot­ing pa­pers for Ward 4 at Doon­side High igh School on Saturday. Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

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