The results are in and it’s official. Both Gosford and Wyong have new look councils, with a number of new faces on each.
This story introduces you to our new Councils, gives you a rundown on the number of votes received for each and discusses what we believe are the main ‘controversial elements’ surrounding our local government elections.
Look out next Tuesday for the snapshot of our interviews with 8 councillors (5 from Gosford, and 3 from Wyong), which focus on their key business objectives for their respective LGA’s.
One Green local government representative in the entire region
Arguably the biggest surprise of all would be the fact that Wyong Shire Council has lost its Greens Party representation altogether. This is despite having had a Greens group in each Ward led by respected existing Councillors, Diedrie Jinks (Ward A) and outgoing Deputy Mayor, Sue Wynne (Ward B).
This leaves newly elected Greens party affiliated Councillor for Gosford, Hillary Morris as the only Greens party representative in the entire region.
Libs dominate Gosford while ALP dominates Wyong
While the Liberal Party dominates in Gosford with 4 representative Councillors, Labor held the majority of votes in Wyong’s Ward A while the Liberals took the majority of votes in Ward B. Overall Wyong has 3 Labor Councillors and 2 Liberal Councillors.
Mayoral/Deputy Mayoral Elections – what a farce!
In Wyong Shire Council’s Referendum, 63.08% of Wyong Shire citizens voted for the election of the Mayor by electors for a four-year term and an increase of the number of Councillors from ten to eleven (including the Mayor).
Gosford LGA residents on the other hand were not given the opportunity to vote in a Referendum. So Gosford will continue to have Councillors vote behind closed doors every September for a Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
What makes this situation even more astonishing is the fact that electing a Mayor and Deputy is the number one priority on both new councils’ agendas (at least for Wyong there is light at the end of tunnel, albeit not for 4 years).
With many new council members, how can they possibly vote for people they may not necessarily know as yet? And how can a new member of council nominate himself or herself when he/she has not even learnt the ropes as a Councillor yet?
Business Insider’s view on this situation is that it is a complete and utter farce.
Gosford City Councillors will elect a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor at an Extraordinary Meeting being held on Monday, September 24. It will be the first time council will come together.
Wyong Shire Councillors will elect their new Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Wednesday, October 3. It will also be the first time that they come together.
Councillors charged with selecting a GM
Did you know that Councillors are charged with the great responsibility of selecting a General Manager to run Council?
In the case of Gosford, this will be one of the priorities for our new look council. Given the fact that Gosford City Council is the largest employer in the region with some 1,300 employees, this is a massive responsibility and one, which we hope they can be entrusted with.
Introducing your new Gosford City Council
- Jeff Strickson – Liberal Party
- Jim Macfadyen – Labor Party
- Lawrie McKinna – Independent
- Hillary Morris – Greens
- Bob Ward – Liberal Party
- Vicki Scott – Labor Party
- Gabby Bowles – Independent (who interestingly happens to be Member for Gosford, Chris Holstein’s daughter)
- Chris Burke – Liberal Party
- Craig Doyle – Independent
- Deanna Bocking – Liberal Party
The numbers (for those who got a place on Gosford Council with the greatest vote winner highlighted)
Group A - Led by Lawrie McKinna (IND) – 20.34% so 2 people across the line (McKinna and Bowles)
Group B - Led by Craig Doyle (IND) – 7.07%
Group C – Liberal, led by Jeff Strickson – 34.72% and 4 people across the line (Strickson, Ward, Burke and Bocking)
Group D – Labor, led by Jim Macfadyen – 21.05% so 2 across the line (Macfadyen and Scott)
Group E – The Greens, led by Hillary Morris – 10.42%
Introducing your new Wyong Shire Council
Doug Vincent – Labor
Luke Nayna – Liberal
Greg Best – Independent
Adam Troy - Save Tuggerah Lakes
Ken Greenwald - Labor
The numbers for A Ward (for those who got a place on Council, with the greatest vote winner highlighted)
Group A – Liberal, led by Luke Nayna – 28.29%
Group B – Labor, led by Doug Vincent – 30.31%, and 2 people across the line (Vincent and Greenwald)
Group C – Led by Greg Best (IND) – 19.20%
Group E – Save Tuggerah Lakes, led by Adam Troy – 13.30%
Lynne Webster - Liberal
Bob Graham - Independent
Lisa Matthews - Labor
Lloyd Taylor - Save Tuggerah Lakes
Doug Eaton – Independent
The numbers for B Ward (for those who got a place on Council, with the greatest vote winner highlighted)
Group A – Save Tuggerah Lakes, led by Lloyd Taylor – 14.51%
Group B – Led by Bob Graham (IND) – 21.83%
Group D - Led by Doug Eaton (IND) – 9.65%
Group E – Labor, led by Lisa Matthews – 20.16%
Group F – Liberal, led by Lynne Webster – 26.23%