Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Re-elected unchalleng­ed

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Murray River Council will continue under the leadership of Mayor Chris Bilkey until the December Local Government election, following last week’s mayoral election.

Cr Nikki Cohen also retained her position as deputy mayor, with both being elected unopposed.

The pair will only lead the council for a short term, with their tenure coming to an end when local government elections are held on December 4.

A new mayor and deputy will be elected by the council at the first meeting following the election.

Nine councillor positions are up for grabs in the local government election, and Cr Bilkey said a robust pool of candidates is needed to ensure a good cross-section of local voices.

‘‘Local residents know their local community, understand what's needed and the importance of a local voice in decision making,’’ he said.

‘‘It would be great for all our communitie­s to have solid representa­tion from right across the council, so I’d encourage anyone interested in nominating to jump online now and get ready for the nomination period.’’

NSW local government elections were originally scheduled to be held September 4, but were deferred because of the COVID-19 situation in Sydney and associated statewide lockdowns.

A number of candidates had nominated in their respective council areas before the postponeme­nt, but none were officially registered in Murray River before the nomination­s were suspended on September 21.

Candidate nomination­s re-open on Monday, October 25 and will close on Wednesday, November 3.

NSW Electoral commission informatio­n can be accessed at https:/ /www.elections.nsw.gov.au/lge21.

 ?? ?? Chris Bilkey.
Chris Bilkey.
 ?? ?? Nikki Cohen.
Nikki Cohen.

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