The newly elected Forbes Shire Council has four women and four new faces. The results were confirmed earlier this week following the Local Government election held on 10th September.
The councillors are in order of the position they were elected in starting at number one Phyllis Miller, Grant Clifton, Steven Karaitiana, Susan Chau, Graeme Miller, Jenny Webb, Michele Herbert, Chris Roylance and Jeff Nicholson.
Five councillors were re-elected and the first time councillors are Steven Karaitiana, Susan Chau, Jenny Webb and Michele Herbert.
“I look forward to working with the new council,” said Danny Green, General Manager of the Forbes Shire Council. “The mix of female to male councillors is an example for our more senior government sectors and together with the introduction of four new councillors will provide a good representation from the community.
“A new council is timely as we consult the community on the long term direction they would like to set, and we shape the organisation to achieve this.”
“I congratulate all unsuccessful candidates on their conviction in nominating and our retiring councillors for their efforts during their term,” said Danny.
The voter turn out was 81.67% with 5,738 votes counted out of 7,026 enrolled voters in the shire.
The election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor positions will take place on Thursday September 29. At the start of the meeting, all Councillors will take an oath of office or make an affirmation of office as part of changes to the Local Government Act. The Mayor will be elected for a two year term.