Sacked councillors voted back
A MIX of old and new faces have been elected for the next three years to serve on the City of Greater Geelong council.
Sacked councillors Eddy Kontelj, Peter Murrihy, Ron Nelson and Bruce Harwood have all been returned to office, along with a number of firsttime elected representatives such as Sarah Mansfield and Jim Mason.
The provisional results were declared by the Victorian Elec- toral Commission yesterday afternoon, the first citywide vote since the 2013 presidential-style poll for mayor which resulted in businessman Darryn Lyons being elected as the city’s leader.
Under the new system instituted by the Andrews Government, the new 11 councillors will determine who will be the city’s next mayor after two years of unelected rule in the municipality. A decision is like- ly to be made within weeks.
Mr Harwood is the only councillor elected who has previously served as mayor of the City of Greater Geelong, having led the council between 2006 and 2008.
Shortly after the results were announced, sacked mayor Mr Lyons tweeted it was “pretty embarrassing” for Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins as former councillors were returned.
Bruce Harwood has been returned to office in Geelong.