Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

The position of the Left has been further strengthened after the election in the Sutherland Shire Council.

While the composition of the council will not be secure for another two weeks, the latest vote count indicates that the Liberals are likely to have eight of the 15 positions, Labor five with two independents.

Of the independents, Laura Cowell is assured victory in E Ward, while Leanne Farmer in A Ward is in an extremely strong position and Pam Brown in B Ward has a smaller chance.

Labor lost votes to independent candidates, and group leader Michael Forshaw (A Ward) is expected to lose his position to Mrs Farmer.

Preferences will not be distributed until December 21st due to an extended time for receiving postal votes. The new council will be sworn in on January 10.

Sports-minded: Shire Sports Independents team, Laura Cowell, Matt Brady and Giulio Di Stefano monitored results while watching Sydney FC play at Kogarah.  Image: included

Sports-minded: Shire Sports Independents team, Laura Cowell, Matt Brady and Giulio Di Stefano monitored results while watching Sydney FC play at Kogarah. Image: included

Projections based on counting votes until Monday night:

Price: The Liberals led by Carol Provan have two positions where the independent Leanne Farmer prefers to take third place ahead of Labor’s Michael Forshaw.

B section: Louise Sullivan (Liberal) and Jack Boyd (Labor) have won, and third place will likely go to Liberal Kent Johns, where independent Pam Brown has a chance.

C section: The Liberals, led by Hassan Awada, have two positions, and Labor’s Jen Armstrong the other.

Section D: The status quo, with Labor’s Diedree Steinwall and Greg McLean, and the liberal Carmelo Pesce re-elected.

Section E: The winners are Stephen Nikolovski (Liberal), Peter Scaysbrook (Labor) and Laura Cowell (Shire Sports Independents).

POSTERS DISAPPEAR

Meanwhile, Liberal Party leader Carmelo Pesce says “someone really did a good job on me” on election day.

Mr. Pesce’s campaign volunteers arrived at polling stations in D Ward to find out that the former mayor’s posters had been removed.

“Five of the 17 cabins were bare,” he said. “I set them up Friday night and they were gone in the morning.”

Pesce said he was sure rival candidates Diedree Steinwall (Labor) and Dominique Passmore (independent) knew nothing about it. “They were shocked when I told them,” he said.

Other candidates in various departments also reported that their posters were removed or destroyed during the election campaign.

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