GRIFFITH and Tumut are set to be the major battlegrounds in the region in today’s council elections, with both ballots attracting a large number of contenders.
Elections across the district are set to be hotly contested, though three councils won’t hold ballots today due to a lack of candidates.
Griffith, which has a separate ballot for a popularly-elected mayor, is set to be the scene of one of the region’s more intriguing elections.
Incumbent Mike Neville is facing a stiff challenge to retain the mayoralship from eight other candidates, including former mayor John Dal Broi, who was in the chair for 16 years.
Current Griffith deputy mayor Dom Testoni is retiring at this election to spend more time with his family.
Tumut Shire Council has endured plenty of controversy over the previous term and will also be a keenly contested battleground, with six new candidates joining all but one of the incumbent councillors on the ballot.
Young and Tumbarumba are also set for closely fought contests. In Young there are 18 candidates seeking to fill just nine seats on council, while Tumbarumba is the only council in the region to have all existing councillors put their hand up for re-election.
Just eight candidates are standing for council in Leeton, despite only nine seats to fill on the council. As a result, no election will be held today in Leeton.
A byelection to fill the last seat is scheduled to be held in late November or early December, though Leeton Shire Council is considering applying to the Division of Local Government to reduce the council to eight.
Narrandera and Carrathool shires will also forgo elections due to a lack of candidates, with new councillors in both shires set to take up their positions from today.
It’s the end of an era in Narrandera, with popular deputy mayor Bob Manning, first elected to council 25 years ago, stepping down.
Three councils in the region will hold partially uncontested elections today. Murrumbidgee Shire’s East Ward, Greater Hume’s East and North wards and Lockhart’s C Ward didn’t receive enough candidate nominations for an election to be held, however the other wards in these councils will be contested.
CLINGING ON: Incumbent Griffith mayor Mike Neville is facing a significant challenge to retain the mayoral robes, including one from former mayor John Dal Broi. Dal Broi was in the chair for 16 years.
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