Two pos­si­bles from Mul­wala

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

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.

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