Four new councillors

Pictured at yesterday’s 10:30am announcement were successful candidates Rowena Black, Aaron Nicholls and Pat Bourke.

Corowa’s Gail Law has won the final councillor position on Federation Council and is now the sole councillor from the former Corowa Shire Council.

Four (44%) of council’s nine councillors are new, following the NSW Electoral Commission’s declaration of successful candidates on Tuesday morning as the Free Press was going to print.

The following nine candidates for councillor have been successful: Pat Bourke, David Longley, Aaron Nicholls (new), Andrew Kennedy, Sally Hughes (new), Shaun Whitechurch, David Fahey (new), Rowena Black (new) and Gail Law.

Six of the nine successful candidates were members of the ticket group system. Just three successful candidates – David Longley, Rowena Black and Gail Law – stood independently.

Three councillors from the first, four-year term – Crs Paul Miegel, Bronwyn Thomas and Fred Longmire – did not seek re-election. Cr Norm Wales missed out on re-election.

Corowa’s Gail Law who stood independently was the ninth councillor to be elected on Federation Council.

Three female councillors (33%) are on the group of councillors, one more than the previously highest two-member female councillors from the Federation Council area, including the former Corowa and Urana Shires.

The nine councillors will be sworn in this Thursday in the Corowa Civic Centre at 11.00am by Federation Council’s General Manager Adrian Butler.

At the ceremony, elections for mayor and deputy mayor will take place, expected to be for two-year terms.

Councillors’ first term was extended one year, to four years, due to Covid-19.

Cr Law edged out Mulwala’s Bethany Robinson, who would have become the youngest female councillor ever, at age 32 years, from the Federation Council area if elected.

For information purposes, the youngest ever councillor from our Federation Council area is record serving Corowa Shire Mayor of 13 years in two stints, Gary Poidevin OAM who was 28-years-of-age when he joined Corowa Shire Council.

From the golf course where she was playing, Cr Gail Law appreciated the votes afforded her.

Returning officer Federation region Ross Baker making the announcement.

“I thank the people very much for their support. I will endeavour to do my best for all the people of Federation Council area.”

Councillors Bourke, Black and Nicholls were at Oddfellows Hall in Sanger Street Corowa at 10:30am announcement yesterday.

“It’s an absolute honour to be given the opportunity to serve the people for the coming term,” Cr Bourke said.

“I’m really grateful for the confidence shown to me by the people.

“At the end of the day, we here for the people. There is a diverse range of abilities of the nine chosen candidates.”