Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Another Three Mayors Elected {Mayoral Polls Settled }

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Another Three Mayors Elected {Mayoral Polls Settled }

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THREE cheers are in order for three new mayors who declared victory yesterday.

Phillip Silver became Ballina's first popularly-elected mayor, Jan Barham extended The Greens' hold in Northern NSW by returning to the position in Byron Bay, and veteran councillor and former mayor Col Sullivan won the race in Richmond Valley.

The closest of the three races was run in the Ballina Shire, with Cr Silver collecting 9827 votes, 52 per cent of the count, after the distribution of preferences.

The result saw Cr Silver across the line 776 votes in front of Cr Sharon Cadwallader, who ended up with 9051 votes, or 48 per cent of the count.

After the counting of first preference votes, Cr Silver led Cr Cadwallader by 1251 votes, but with 7765 primary votes, Cr Silver had only secured 34 per cent of the total votes.

Yesterday, Cr Silver said he was 'thrilled' to have a won a four-year term. "I am particularly gratified by the primary vote I received," Cr Silver said.

"The popular mayor election was a new dynamic, and I am now looking forward to a fresh council with a number of new members."

Cr Silver said that the four-year mayoral term would help the council in setting longer-term goals and strategies and his primary goal was to 'provide fair and equitable chairmanship'.

He also congratulated Cr Cadwallader on a hard-fought campaign and thanked his family and friends for their support during what was a stressful time.

Meanwhile, Cr Cadwallader said the result sent a 'clear message' to Cr Silver that voters hadn't been completely satisfied with his leadership style over the past six years he had been mayor.

She said she was happy she had 'shaken his tree', and helped make the election one of the more exciting in recent times.

In the Byron Shire, with 16,000 mayoral votes counted, Jan Barham had 47 per cent of the votes, her closest rival being Ross Tucker, who had 30 per cent of the vote. …

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