Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Council election candidates named

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission has today announced the names of candidates contesting next month's Derwent Valley Council election. The election will be conducted by postal voting and the municipality's 7147 electors will receive their ballot packs in a fortnight's time, with a further two weeks to consider their vote and return their ballot.

Following changes to the laws around council elections, all elected positions on all Tasmanian councils are up for grabs. There will be eight vacancies on the council following a decision to reduce the number of councillors by one. More information about the council election process is available at the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website.

Nineteen people have nominated for the position of councillor. There is a good spread of candidates from the general area of New Norfolk, Magra, Molesworth and Lachlan, but none from Granton or anywhere past Lawitta.

Of the 19 candidates for councillor, five are seeking to be elected mayor and seven have nominated for deputy mayor. The candidates are listed below in the order provided by the electoral commission:

Councillor - 19 candidates (eight to be elected)
BELCHER, Paul, of Magra
BESTER, Damian Rodney, of New Norfolk
BILINSKI, Joe, of Lachlan
BINGLEY, Phillip, of Lachlan
BROMFIELD, Judy, of New Norfolk
EVANS, Martyn, of Magra
FARRELL, Kylie Anne, of Molesworth
GRAHAM, James, of New Norfolk
HILL, Jamie, of New Norfolk
LATHEY, Barry Keith, of New Norfolk
LESTER, Chris, of Magra
MORRIS, Tim, of New Norfolk
NICHOLSON, Tony, of Lachlan
PEARCE, Frank, of Black Hills
SALT, Anne, of New Norfolk
SHAW, Ben, of Lawitta
SHAW, Scott Darrell, of New Norfolk
SHOOBRIDGE, Wayne, of New Norfolk
TRIFFETT, Julie, of New Norfolk

Mayor - five candidates
BELCHER, Paul, of Magra
BINGLEY, Phillip, of Lachlan
EVANS, Martyn, of Magra
LESTER, Chris, of Magra
PEARCE, Frank, of Black Hills

Deputy Mayor - seven candidates
BILINSKI, Joe, of Lachlan
LATHEY, Barry Keith, of New Norfolk
MORRIS, Tim, of New Norfolk
NICHOLSON, Tony, of Lachlan
SALT, Anne, of New Norfolk
SHAW, Ben, of Lawitta
SHOOBRIDGE, Wayne, of New Norfolk