With counting resuming Monday, over two thirds of the votes have been tallied in the Forbes Shire Council elections with Phyllis Miller OAM receiving an extraordinary 1731 of those 4663 (37.12%) formal votes so far. Jenny Webb (10.17%) and Steve Karaitiana (10.14%) sit second and third while Marg Duggan (7.96%) and Aidan Clarke (7.76%) round out the top five and while nothing is official, should be safe.
Maria Willis is next with 4.85% of the vote while a real gridlock has developed with all remaining candidates still with a chance to take a spot on the next council. Over 2.8% didn’t register a formal vote.
For Phyllis Miller, who has campaigned on an outstanding track record of achievement, the vote is a strong vindication of the progress made by the last council during the pandemic and floods. Since the 2016 elections, ironically also during floods, Forbes has become a regional retail hub and the envy of many rural towns. Miller and
the previous council, as well as those former councillors running in these elections such as Jenny Webb, Chris Roylance, Jeff Nicholson, Graeme Miller, Michele Herbert and Steve Karaitiana can also lay claim to this success as well.
Count at time of publication is as follows:
Aidan Clarke: 362 or 7.76 per cent
Margaret Duggan 371 or 7.96 per cent
Jeff Nicholson 123 of 2.64 per cent
Chris Roylance 213 or 2.85 per cent
Steve Karaitiana 473 or 10.14 per cent
Phyllis Miller 1731 or 37.12 per cent
Brian Mattiske 136 or 2.92 per cent
Graeme Miller 139 or 2.98 per cent
Michele Herbert 120 or 2.57 per cent
Maria Willis 226 or 4.85 per cent
Emma Henderson 162 or 3.47 per cent
Jenny Webb 474 or 10.17 per cent.
Go to Forbes – Councillor Election results (nsw.gov.au) for virtual updates