RURAL City of Wangaratta residents voted for change in the local government election, with just two of the seven incumbents being returned as councillors, according to preliminary results released by the Victorian Electoral commission last night.
The largest scalp of the election looks to be incumbent mayor Roberto Paino, who made it across the line in the first preference votes but was excluded once the preferences were taken into account.
Mr Paino was bumped out of the spot by fellow incumbent Lisa McInerney, who scraped in at sixth position.
The results are expected to be declared at the Wangaratta Government Centre at 9am this morning unless a recount is called before this time.
Preliminary results released last night show that the first across the line once preferences were taken into account was Don Joyce.
Mr Joyce, who had previously served two terms on council, and as mayor – but was not apart of the immediate past council – had also led the first preference votes.
Incumbent Rozi Parisotto recorded the second position, closely followed by local doctor and new face to council, Dr Julian Fidge.
Seasoned political campaigner Tammy Atkins finally secured an election birth as fourth across the line and then in turn new face Noel Amery, incumbent Lisa McInerney and another new face, Paul O’Brien, were elected.
Based on these provisional results, incumbents Ron Webb, Doug McPhie, Lauren McCully and Anthony Griffiths all failed to return as councillors.
Just 82.70 per cent of the total enrolment for the Rural City of Wangaratta voted and 6.63 per cent of the total votes failed to be counted because they were “informal”.