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Macedon Ranges Shire:     The tribe has spoken

November 9th, 2020Macedon Ranges Shire: The tribe has spoken

THERE are six new faces in Macedon Ranges Shire Council with just three councillors returned including West Ward’s former mayor Janet Pearce and Jennifer Anderson, and East Ward’s Bill West.

The new councillors are East Ward – Annette Death, Geoff Neil and Bill West, South Ward – Dominic Bonanno, Rob Guthrie and Anne Moore, and West Ward – Jennifer Anderson, Janet Pearce and Mark Ridgway.
The race for West Ward proved the most challenging with two of the candidates receiving 1765 votes and another 1764.
In first preferences, former mayor Janet Pearce led the way with 1803 votes (17.29 per cent) followed by Jennifer Anderson – 1764 (16.91), Mark Ridgway – 1765 (16.92), Lenka Thompson – 1765 (16.92), Wes Turner – 1517 (14.54), Hayden Walsh – 752 (7.21), Diana Abruzzi – 614 (5.89) and Brian Wilson – 450 (4.31).
In East Ward, Annette Death received 2647 votes (26.94 per cent) followed by Bill West – 1833 (18.65), Geoff Neil – 1590 (16.18), Natasha Gayfer – 1571 (15.99), Henry Bleeck – 1346 (13.70) and Deborah Alford-Kerr – 839 (8.54).
In South Ward, Rob Guthrie received 3087 votes (28.66 per cent) followed by Dominic Bonanno – 2361 (21.92), Anne Moore – 1492 (13.85), Christine Walker – 1344 (12.48), Graham Hacket – 1159 (10.76), Adrian Gauci – 968 (8.99) and J.S. Amenta – 361 (3.35).
The new councillors will be sworn in on Monday, November 16. The ceremony will be livestreamed from 6pm. The mayor will be elected at a council meeting on Monday, November 23.
The new council’s next meeting will be the scheduled council meeting in Gisborne on Wednesday, November 25.
Link: www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/livestream



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