Two possibles from Mulwala
Mulwala may have two councillors on the first elected Federation Council following the amalgamation of Corowa and Urana Shires.
At the time of the Yarrawonga Chronicle going to print, tickets led by Bronwyn Thomas and Andrew Kennedy were the best placed local candidates to be on the team of nine councillors. Both expressed their appreciation of voters’ support.
A primary producer from Savernake Road Mulwala, Bronwyn Thomas has polled best of the Mulwala and district candidates, with a progressive overall ticket tally of 600 in pursuit of the revised quota of 691 and appears set to be the sole woman on council.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my work environment as a farmer producer I deal with men. It wouldn’t faze me,” she told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
Developer Andrew Kennedy is also still very much in the running, with an overall ticket tally of 422 votes.
Mulwala’s sole based councillor from the last Corowa Shire Council prior to the formation of Federation Council on May 12, 2016, Daryl Davey, contested the election as an independent candidate.
He received an impressive 189 primary votes but has too much ground to make up, having to rely heavily on preferences throughout Federation Council area to achieve the required quota.
“Firstly, I want to say I was happy with what I achieved for Mulwala over the last nine years and the rest of the shire,” Mr Davey, a former deputy mayor of the previous Corowa Shire Council, told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“I wasn’t successful because I wanted people to decide for themselves as to their prefer- ences - not to be dictated by others in a group. That is why I chose to stand alone.”
Mr Davey wants to see the newly elected Federation Council successful. “I wish all those to be elected to be as fair as I was on council,” he said, “and to do the best for Federation Council.”
“I thank all those who supported me over the years during my time on council.”
The make-up of Federation Council’s nine councillors may not be known until the end of the week, according to a NSW Electoral Commission spokesman.