Cabonne Shire's new council locked in; Kevin Beatty dominates as Andrew Pull, Andrew Rawson win seats

FAMILIAR AND FRESH: Nine seats have been announced to form Cabonne's new council in the upcoming term, with six re-elected candidates and three fresh faces to serve on Cabonne Council. Photo: NICK McGRATH.
FAMILIAR AND FRESH: Nine seats have been announced to form Cabonne's new council in the upcoming term, with six re-elected candidates and three fresh faces to serve on Cabonne Council. Photo: NICK McGRATH.

Newcomers Andrew Pull, Kathryn O'Ryan and Andrew Rawson have bolted on to a new-look Cabonne Shire Council after the final of over 10,000 votes was tallied on Monday.

The re-elected Kevin Beatty earned the most votes overall, while Marlene Nash also polled well in second, following the finalisation of preferences which bumped Jamie Jones up into third spot.

The remaining six seats on the council, which will sit a three-year term, belong to Mr Pull, Peter Batten, Dr Rawson, Mrs O'Ryan, Libby Oldham and Jenny Weaver.

Three of the four new faces who campaigned for a seat on council were successful, but the fourth, Aaron Pearson, narrowly missed out.

Mr Pearson was pipped at the post and ended the count in 10th spot; with the margin between he and the last elected candidate, Jenny Weaver, just 58 votes.

Incumbent mayor, Cr Beatty's preference votes were distributed to his deputy Cr Jones.

"I'm certainly humbled and honoured to have been re-elected to council in third position and I thank the Cabonne community for their ongoing support," Cr Jones said.

"I'm looking forward to working with the mayor, fellow councillors and staff to continue to ensure that Cabonne is a sustainable and prosperous area to live in and visit.

"Congratulations to all members of the new council," Cr Jones added.

"It has a good mix of experience as well as new blood with fresh ideas that will be good for the community."

The distribution of another of the popular incumbents, Cr Nash's preferences went to new candidate Mr Pull; who sat pretty for the majority of the count after earning almost 40 per cent of the primary vote from his home town of Canowindra.

The remaining three candidates who missed out on a seat on council for the upcoming term were Kevin Walker, Paul Mullins and Gregory Treavors.

Exclusion of Mr Walker's preferences were directed to new candidate Mrs O'Ryan, while Mr Treavors' preference votes went to the re-elected Mr Batten and debut-candidate, Dr Rawson.

Candidates Mrs Oldham and Ms Weaver received distribution of Mrs O'Ryan's preference votes.