Hand­ful of rook­ies elected to coun­cil

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

TEN new faces have joined Black­town Coun­cil fol­low­ing the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion on Septem­ber 10.

The cham­ber will be dom­i­nated by the ALP, with the new coun­cil com­pris­ing 10 La­bor coun­cil­lors and five Lib­er­als.

Count­ing for pre­poll and postal votes was com­pleted on Fri­day.

Of the 15 coun­cil­lors, eight of them have no coun­cil ex­pe­ri­ence.

Julie Grif­fiths and Kathie Collins pre­vi­ously served on Black­town Coun­cil, though not re­cently.

The new coun­cil­lors re­place veter­ans Alan Pendle­ton, Char­lie Lowles and Len Robin­son who re­tired from the coun­cil last term, tak­ing more than 70 years of lo­cal govern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence with them.

Ward 4 will be rep­re­sented by Cr Stephen Bali (ALP), Carol Is­rael (ALP) and Linda San­tos (Lib­eral).

Tony Bleas­dale (ALP), Brad Bunt­ing (ALP) and Peter Camil­leri (Lib­eral) will rep­re­sent Ward 5.

There also will be five new faces on Pen­rith Coun­cil, with the ALP set to con­tinue its dom­i­nance.

The new coun­cil­lors in­clude three ALP mem­bers and two Lib­er­als.

Two of the new faces se­cured seats in the East Ward, in­clud­ing former real es­tate agent Ben Price (ALP) and Todd Car­ney (ALP).

The other East Ward coun­cil­lors are Ge­off Davies (ALP), Tri­cia Hitchen (Lib­eral) and Bernard Bra­tusa (Lib­eral).

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