Hilltops Council elected after almost a week of vote counting

Former shire mayors and some first timers will make up the mix of the first Hilltops Council.

The 11 official councillors have been announced by the NSW electoral commission.

Councillors in sequence of election are: 

  • Brian Ingram
  • Wendy Tuckerman
  • John Walker
  • Tony Flanery
  • Chris Manchester
  • Greg Armstrong
  • Margaret Roles
  • Matthew Stadtmiller
  • Rita O’Connor
  • John Horton
  • Tony Wallace

The results, subject to a candidate requesting a recount, will be declared official at the Young returning office at 9am on Saturday, September 16.

Young’s Brian Ingram (1462), Boorowa’s Wendy Tuckerman (1215), Young’s John Walker (1173) and Harden’s Tony Flanery (951) all were elected to the council with first preference votes.

More than six percent of votes were informal which is similar in size to the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional and Snowy Monaro Regional council votes. Hilltops council had 758 informal votes.

Amongst the informal ballot papers were votes for Bart Simpson and Pauline Hanson. But the most frequent occurrence on informal ballot papers was ticks and crosses instead of numbering one to six and obscene words.

Hilltops returning officer Peter Seymour said he was impressed with first-time voters. “We did see a lot of young first-time voters who signed up asking for candidate information,” he said. “That leads me to believe they were seeking to make an informed and formal vote.”