1 Tony Allen
2 Sharon Tapscott
3 Russel Fitzpatrick
4 Mike Britten
5 Ann Mawhinney
6 Kirsty McBain
7 Keith Hughes
8 Liz Seckold
9 Bill Taylor
The Bega Valley Shire Council is set for a new term with four new councillors, three of them female, announced yesterday afternoon.
The results mean four of the nine seats will be filled by females, a historical first.
Tony Allen secured his place with primary votes, as did newcomer Sharon Tapscott whose Eden votes were the highest of any candidate at any polling booth.
Returning councillor Russell Fitzpatrick was elected in the third count, just 12 votes ahead of Mike Britten who came home in count six.
Ann Mawhinney and Kirsty McBain came in ahead of returning Greens councillor Keith Hughes, followed by Liz Seckold and lastly Bill Taylor who had just a handful more votes than candidate and former general manager David Jesson who had a great showing of primary votes but few preferences.
In coming weeks the new council is expected to workshop issues such as the Merimbula airport, Bega town hall and Woolworths development at Bermagui ahead of its first meeting on October 9.
The first Extraordinary Council meeting will be on Friday, October 5 at 10am for mayoral election.
Results of the Pambula Hospital poll will be considered and a resolution made in October or November.
In the poll the community voted 82.54 per cent in favour of keeping the Pambula Hospital open for five years after the new hospital is built at Bega.