Preference count to take place on Monday

With only postal votes left to be counted, the distribution of preferences to determine the new Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council will be conducted on Monday.

Postal votes can officially be received up to 6pm tonight.

It is anticipated the distribution of preferences for Cootamundra-Gundagai will be conducted at the Cootamundra electoral office at 1.45pm next Monday, using the NSW Electoral Commission’s computer count system.  

The NSW Electoral Commission said the distribution of preferences will only take a few minutes to complete. The final count reports will then be published on the Electoral Commission’s website within an hour.

The current quota to be elected is 695 votes and isn’t likely to increase much on that number. 

With that current quota, local government stalwart Abb McAlister is assured a seat, currently holding 20.79 per cent of the vote with 1443 first preference votes.

Also reaching the quota of votes to be elected is Charlie Sheahan (967 votes or 13.93 per cent), Gil Kelly (897 votes or 12.92 per cent) and newcomer Les Boyd (745 votes or 10.73 per cent).

Cootamundra’s Leigh Bowden continues to poll well, currently with 602 votes (8.67 per cent).

Leading the rest of the candidate field vying to fill out the nine-seat council is Penny Nicholson with 456 votes (6.57 per cent), ahead of Logan Collins with 446 votes (6.43 per cent), Trevor Glover with 420 votes (6.05 per cent), and David Ferguson with 360 votes (5.19 per cent).

With the all-important preferences coming into play on Monday, local government veteran David Graham cannot be ruled out of taking a seat, currently with 269 votes (3.88 per cent). Not far behind is Ros Wight with 209 votes (3.01 per cent), followed by Maxine Hayes on 127 votes (1.83 per cent).

Mr McAlister said he looks forward to continuing to serve the community and thanked those voters who once again placed their faith in him.

“I think we’re all looking forward to the end result; it’s certainly been a very long, drawn-out affair this time around,” he said of the election process.

“It’s a great privilege to be voted on to your local council, and I look forward to working with the new council, whoever that may be.”

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