Council election to heat up in Murrumbidgee Ward

Elections for two of Murrumbidgee Council’s wards will be virtual non-events, with the competition only heating up at Darlington Point.

Nominations for council closed at midday on Wednesday.

Both the Jerilderie and Murrumbidgee East wards are uncontested, with three candidates standing in both.

In Murrumbidgee Ward, however, six candidates are vying for three seats on the first council since the controversial local government merger was enforced last year.

In Jerilderie, Faith Bryce, former Jerilderie mayor Ruth McRae and Gaila Smith will be elected, while Coleambally will be represented by Robert Black, Christine Chirgwin and former Murrumbidgee mayor Austin Evans in Murrumbidgee East. 

All served on their respective councils prior to the merger and have been members of the local representation committee since the dissolution.

Come September 9, residents will whittle the six Darlington Point-based candidates down to three councillors for Murrumbidgee Ward.

Previous Murrumbidgee Shire councillors, former deputy mayor Phillip Wells, Gavin Gilbert and Robert Curphey will face off against new contenders Allan Strachan, Paul Goodsall and Gordon Beaumont.

Mr Wells drew prime position with first place on the ballot when the draw was held on Wednesday night.

Pre-polling opens on Monday, August 28, at the Darlington Point CWA Hall in McAlister Street.

The NSW Electoral Commission is based at the Darlington Point CWA Hall located at McAlister St, Darlington Point.

The NSW Electoral Commission is based at the Darlington Point CWA Hall located at McAlister St, Darlington Point.

Jerilderie Ward

Faith Bryce

Ruth McRae

Angelina (Gaila) Smith

Murrumbidgee Ward (in ballot order)

Phillip Wells

Gavin Gilbert

Paul Goodsall

Robert Curphey

Gordon Beaumont

Allan Strachan

Murrumbidgee East Ward

Robert Black

Christine Chirgwin

Austin Evans

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