Til­ley in for fourth term

The Free Press (Corowa) - - NEWS - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

Lo­cal Lib­eral Party mem­ber Bill Til­ley is in the box seat to win the north-east seat of Be­nam­bra – an elec­torate that has been in the con­trol of lib­er­als since 1976.

Of the 80.8 per cent of votes that were counted by Mon­day, Til­ley, who is set to serve his fourth term af­ter be­ing voted in since the 2006 elec­tion, has reeled in 40.29 per cent of pri­mary votes.

It wasn’t all smooth sail­ing for Mr Til­ley and, af­ter a strong show­ing from this year’s in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates, he re­ceived more than 14 per cent less votes than the last elec­tion in 2014.

With the ma­jor­ity of pri­mary votes counted, in­de­pen­dent Jac­qui Hawkins has re­ceived 16.77 per cent of first pref­er­ence votes, while fel­low in­de­pen­dent and for­mer In­digo Shire Mayor Jenny O’Con­nor had 12.91 per cent of votes in her favour.

Aus­tralia La­bor Party’s Mark Tait re­ceived 17.62 per cent of votes ac­cord­ing to the pri­mary fig­ures re­leased on Mon­day night.

As the re­sults are in ac­cor­dance to the Vic­to­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, they are only pro­vi­sional.

In the two-can­di­date pre­ferred vote, Mr Til­ley is ahead of Mr Tait with 59.27 per cent of the vote.

As of the 80.8 per cent of pri­mary votes counted on Mon­day, Chiltern (317 of 838), Ruther­glen (491 of 1,273) and Wah­gun­yah (263 of 695) were all firmly in favour of Lib­eral.

In Chiltern, how­ever, and while Mark Tait was the com­mon sec­ond pre­ferred choice among most towns, the 23.5 per cent of votes for in­de­pen­dents Ms Hawkins and Ms O’Con­nor out-polled La­bor’s 19.7.

Bill Til­ley looks cer­tain to re­tain the Be­nam­bra seat.

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