Dissatisfaction with the former council’s decision making and direction, and apparent disregard for community consultation, partnered with a clear desire for change and a strong voter turnout of about 78 per cent, are likely to have contributed to six new councillors being elected in the Macedon Ranges.The Macedon Ranges community has spoken.
Dissatisfaction with the former council’s decision making and direction, and apparent disregard for community consultation, partnered with a clear desire for change and a strong voter turnout of about 78 per cent, are likely to have contributed to six new councillors being elected in the 2016 election.
In order of election, first across the line for East Ward was Lancefield’s Bill West, followed by Kyneton’s Henry Bleeck (former councillor 2005-08) and Newham’s Natasha Gayfer.
In South Ward, Macedon’s Mandi Mees was a clear front runner securing 23.82 per cent of the primary vote (the closest to achieving an outright quota), followed by Bullengarook’s Andrew Twaits and Gisborne’s Helen Radnedge.
For West Ward, returning councillor, Woodend’s Jennifer Anderson, was well out in front with 21.73 per cent of the primary vote, followed by Woodend’s Janet Pearce and returned councillor, Gisborne’s Roger Jukes.
With no one candidate securing an outright quota, all results came down to the distribution of preferences.
This led to Janet Pearce securing second place in West Ward, relegating Roger Jukes to third and ousting Newham’s Luke Spielvogel who had earlier secured third place after primary votes were counted.
Helen Radnedge ousted former councillor Russell Mowatt in South Ward and Henry Bleeck leapfrogged Natasha Gayfer for second place in East Ward (although both were still elected).
The result was welcomed by Macedon Ranges Residents Association secretary Christine Pruneau.
“Generational and philosophical change – what a breath of fresh air!” Ms Pruneau said.
“While the community understands there’s a whole lot to do and it can’t all be done in one day, some quick action to signal that this council isn’t the last council would reinforce the hope and delight already engendered by the election results.”
It is anticipated that former mayor Jennifer Anderson will be re-elected as mayor.
In Mount Alexander Shire, provisional results had one new councillor elected. Two wards were uncontested.
In Calder Ward, Tony Cordy was returned unopposed.
In Castlemaine Ward, Bronwen Machin and Tony Bell were returned, with Chris Cole ousted by Robin Taylor who has three previous terms on council under his belt.
In Coliban Ward Christine Henderson was returned, in Loddon River Ward John Nieman was newly elected unopposed with Michael Redden retiring, and in Tarrengower Ward Sharon Telford was returned.
The result for Mount Alexander won’t be officially declared until Wednesday morning at 10am.
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