Shire president loses election
OUTGOING Donnybrook-Balingup shire president Angelo Logiudice, who had served as a councillor since 2009, was not reelected in the Local Government Elections on Saturday.
Mr Logiudice had held the position for the past two years, but trailed 70 votes behind councillor Anne Mitchell (1073 votes) to lose his seat. Brian Piesse was elected president over fellow nominee Dawn Tan after two ballots at a special council meeting on Monday. Leanne Wringe was elected deputy.
The shire had a 55.24 per cent vote return rate, an increase of about 30 per cent from 2015, with 26 informal votes returned and 46 rejected by the West Australian Electoral Commission.
The council welcomed four new councillors, with Leanne Wringe topping the votes on 1654.
She was followed by Shane Atherton (1491), Anita Lindemann (1243), Brian Piesse (1192) and councillor Mitchell who had served since 2009.
Cr John Bailey did not regain his seat, polling only 752 votes. Councillors Steve Dilley and Leith Crowley opted not to re-nominate.
The Shire of Collie also boasted a high return rate of 41 per cent, improving from 33.65 per cent in the 2015 election.
Outgoing president Wayne Sanford, who had held the position for 10 years, deputy Glenn Yates and Cr Neil Martin opted not to renominate. Mr Sanford was succeeded by Cr Sarah Stanley, who was elected president unopposed at a special meeting on Tuesday night, where Cr Ian Miffling was elected as deputy unopposed.
Cr Stanley polled the highest with 1583 votes, followed by Leonie Scoffern (1531), Brett King (1457), Michelle Smith (1363), Rebecca Woods (1240) and Cr John Piavanini (1196). Cr Nola Green (1174) was unsuccessful.