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Ku-ring-gai's newly elected Mayor Jennifer Anderson, about to serve her fifth term, with new Deputy Mayor Callum Clarke
Ku-ring-gai's newly elected Mayor Jennifer Anderson, about to serve her fifth term, with new Deputy Mayor Callum Clarke

KU-RING-GAI – Liberal dominated

Around 82,259 people are enrolled and most will have voted. Ku-ring-gai is divided into five wards, with two councillors elected from four candidates. Here’s the salient outcomes:

  • there are no known Greens,
  • only three women councillors got elected, compared with five in the previous administration
  • again like Hornsby, the Liberals dominate the numbers, with five known declared Liberal party members.They don’t sit as Liberal councillors but as independents, and they can’t caucus as a group except during a mayoral election. That way they can vote according to their conscience. Here’s who got your votes:

The new Councillors – each will serve a four year term

Comenarra: Jeff Pettettt (Ind) and Callum Clarke (Ind).
Gordon:  Cheryl Szatow (Ind) and Peter Kelly (Ind)
Roseville: Sam Ngai (Ind) and Jennifer Anderson (Ind)
St Ives:David Citer (Ind) and Martin Smith (Ind)
Wahroonga: Donna Greenfield (Ind) and Cedric Spencer (Ind)

The new Mayor

Cr Jennifer Anderson has again been voted Mayor of Ku-ring-gai, making it her fifth term in this office. Her Deputy is Cr Callum Clarke.

HORNSBY – a few surprises

Here are the nine new ward councillors for Hornsby Shire Council, elected by an enrolled 99,160 voters (assuming all or most people voted) in the shire. Comparing the results to the last council, three things jump out:

  • there are still only two woman – Greens councillor Emma Heyde and Labour’s Janelle McIntosh, which despite being an improvement by one from the last administration is still not enough and not compared to other councils
  • there’s only one independent, Vince Del Gallego,  
  • the Liberals dominate the council significantly. Out of nine councillors, four are Liberal. In a tied council vote the Liberal Mayor gets the deciding vote, making it a Liberal dominated forum.

The new Mayor

Your new Mayor Philip Ruddock, is a Liberal, replacing Steve Russell ousted by the Liberal party after his outspoken wish to see the part of Hornsby Shire given to Parramatta Council in last year’s amalgamation shuffle, given back to Hornsby. Read what Mayor Ruddock’s wishes and to-do list are for the shire, on page 3 opposite. The Deputy Mayor will be popularly elected by fellow councillors at the first meeting of the new council on October 11, likely to be a Liberal given the numbers.

The new Councillors – each will serve a four year term

Ward A: Nathan Tilbury (Liberal), Warren Waddell (Liberal), Mick Marr (Labour)
Ward B: Robert Browne (Liberal), Joseph Nicita (Greens), Janelle McIntosh (Labour)
Ward C: Michael Hutchence (Liberal), Emma Heyde (Greens), Vince Del Gallego (Independent)

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