Collapse in Labor's vote

PENRITH Council's election was formally declared last Tuesday.

The final results were:

North Ward: John Thain, Labor; Ross Fowler, Liberal (elected as independent); Marcus Cornish, conservative independent; Kevin Crameri, independent; and Michelle Tormey, Greens.

South Ward: Mark Davies, Liberal (elected as independent); Ben Goldfinch, Liberal (elected as independent); Karen McKeown, Labor; Jim Aitken, independent and Bernard Bratusa, independent.

East Ward: Greg Davies, Labor; Prue Car, Labor; Tricia Hitchen, independent; Jackie Greenow, independent; and Maurice Girotto, Australia First.

The election's outstanding features were the collapse in Labor's vote, cutting their representation from six to four councillors and the election of Penrith's first councillors from the Greens and Australia First parties.

The remaining nine councillors are independents, with three previously elected to the council as Liberals.

The new council meets this Monday, September 24, when it will elect a new mayor and deputy mayor.

It is not yet known whether the previous office holders, Labor's Greg Davies and independent Jackie Greenow, will seek another term. But the composition of Penrith's new council makes known outcomes a little less certain and could lead to some interesting political alliances.

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