ALP SWEEPS IN
High result sees representation rise from seven councillors to 10
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