Bob Kirk has stretched his lead in Goulburn Mulwaree Council's latest election results.
The NSW Electoral Commission on Wednesday counted 2674 iVotes, with 42 of these being informal. It also tallied 268 formal postal votes.
Former mayor Bob Kirk piled on another 434 votes, taking his tally to 3772 or 22.91 per cent of the vote. It represents 2.29 times the progressive quota of 1647.
At this stage he and Labor's Jason Shepherd are the only candidates officially elected but others are also climbing in the ranks.
Independent Michael Prevedello accrued 179 more votes, taking his tally to 1511 or 9.18pc of the vote. Other new faces also improved their standing, as did former councillor Carol James who went from seventh to sixth position, courtesy of 178 more votes. Former deputy mayor Peter Walker has also improved one place.
The results so far are:
Bob Kirk - 3772
Michael Prevedello - 1511
Dan Strickland - 1365
Jason Shepherd - 1311
Andy Wood (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers) - 1159
Carol James - 1031
Peter Walker - 990
Steve Ruddell - 961
Andrew Banfield - 871
Leah Ferrara (The Greens) - 737
Margaret O'Neill - 741
Anna Wurth-Crawford (Labor) - 586
Danielle Marsden- Ballard (Labor) - 443
Tim Dally - 363
Nathan Smith (Labor) - 228
Warren Murray (Labor) - 214
Adam Milani - 178
The Labor ticket has claimed 2782 votes, or 16.9pc. It represents 1.69 times the quota and guarantees ticket leader, Jason Shepherd's election. The party is hopeful of securing two candidates on the new council.
So far, 17,679 votes have been counted, with 1218 or 6.89pc of these being informal or 'other' votes. Goulburn Mulwaree has 21,530 eligible voters.
Preferences will not be distributed until December 17. The poll will be declared on Wednesday, December 22, while the first meeting of the new council will occur on January 11, 2022 to elect a mayor and deputy mayor.
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