New look council takes the reins

Cooma-Monaro shire council takes on a new look this week with four fresh councillors taking their places alongside five 'old hands' to guide the region's fortunes over the next four years.

Citizen of the Year Rogan Corbett, elected with a large first preference vote, will sit beside other newcomers Angela Ingram, Ignazio Mondello and Craig Mitchell.

They will bring a variety of talents and experience to help the decision making of re-elected councillors Dean Lynch, Bronnie Taylor, Winston Phillips, Martin Hughes and Tony Kaltoum.

The election result was made official by the NSW Electoral Commission on Thursday night after an exhaustive 13 counts in which preferences were distributed.

Under the electoral system, candidates with the least number of first preference votes were gradually eliminated and their preferences distributed.

After the initial first preference count, candidate Glynn Kay was polling well. However, during the preference distribution he slipped out and was overtaken by candidate Craig Mitchell.

Altogether, nine councillors were elected from a field of 16 candidates.

And the result has delighted Cr Dean Lynch, who topped the vote and who is likely to be re-elected as Mayor at the first council meeting later this month.

"It is a good council, very workable," he told the Express.

"The electors made some good choices."

Referring to the fresh faces, he was full of praise for their potential contribution.

He said Rogan Corbett was Citizen of the Year and already contributed significantly to the community.

Angela Ingram brought experience in health services and had long-standing family connections.

Businessman Ignazio Mondello "put his money where his mouth is" and Craig Mitchell was an experienced advocate for the rural sector.

In addition, two re-elected councillors (Winston Phillips and Tony Kaltoum) each had more than 20 years experience on council, and Bronnie Taylor and Martin Hughes had been part of a previous, successful council.

On a positive note Cr Lynch pointed out the new council had two women and people who lived in outlying districts such as Nimmitabel, Michelago and Numeralla.

He thought the new council contained some reasonably like-minded people "although we will have some good debates."

He said the councillors represented a good cross-section of the community and he looked forward to working with them on some exciting projects.

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