Price is right for council
FORMER real estate agent Ben Price looks set to join Penrith Council after the votes swung toward Labor in Saturday’s council election.
Labor claimed about 49 per cent of the votes in East Ward, 32.4 per cent in North Ward and 31.5 in South Ward.
After 30 years running his own real estate agency, most recently in Mt Druitt, Mr Price decided to follow his father’s footsteps and be counted among the politicians.
Labor Cr Greg Davies and his two tickets, newcomers Price and Todd Carney, will likely win a seat at the table.
Liberal Cr Tricia Hitchen also appears likely to hold her seat, while Gavin Smith will bring a Greens vote to the table.
While counting will continue until Friday, Labor will likely claim seven of the 15 seats on Penrith Council.
“It’s not surprising,” upbeat Labor Mayor Karen McKeown said on Monday.
“We felt the mood when we were out campaigning that we were getting a very good reception and clearly the community has demonstrated they are in safe hands with Labor,” she said.
Penrith’s longest-serving female councillor, East Ward’s Jackie Greenow who was first elected to council in 1995, retired this year.