Elec­tion D-Day later this week

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Tyla Har­ring­ton

NOT much has changed in the race for the fin­ish line in Murray River Coun­cil’s first elec­tion.

The leader­board re­mains un­changed, de­spite a few sub­tle dif­fer­ences in per­cent­ages.

Postal votes have now been counted — as have all pri­mary votes — mean­ing the elec­tion is wait­ing on pref­er­ences to be dis­trib­uted be­fore it is called.

That is ex­pected to be done ‘‘some­time’’ this week.

In the Moama ward Ni­cole Co­hen is still out in front with a whop­ping 43.67 per cent of the vote ahead of former Murray Shire coun­cil­lor Chris Bilkey with 26.27 per cent.

The fi­nal seat is likely to go to Gen Campbell, who is a former Murray Shire coun­cil­lor, and is sit­ting on 19.16.

An­other former coun­cil­lor Ge­off Mackenzie looks out of the race at this stage with 10.9 per cent.

Mean­while, in Moama Ge­off Wise took home the most votes with a per­cent­age of 34.86 ahead of former Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich who man­aged 24.86.

Tony Aquino is likely to snag the fi­nal seat with his 16.81.

Former Murray Shire mayor John Pock­ling­ton was the next best with 12.19 and then Mathoura’s Ni­cole Sten­house with 11.29.

For the Wakool ward an­other former coun­cil­lor, Neil Gorey, is in the lead with 41.12 per cent ahead of Alan Mathers with 25.08 and Ann Crowe on 20.08.

They are both sig­nif­i­cantly in front of the two other can­di­dates, Kather­ine O’Brien and Chris­tine Dart­nell, who are on 7.53 and 6.19 re­spec­tively.

MRC ad­min­is­tra­tor David Shaw ex­pects the pe­riod af­ter the elec­tion to be very hec­tic for both the or­gan­i­sa­tion and in­com­ing coun­cil­lors as they are in­ducted into the new coun­cil.

There will be pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment train­ing, vis­its to each of the towns across the new area and the first coun­cil meet­ing on Septem­ber 26 when a mayor will be elected by the coun­cil­lors.

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