Ron Ismay
Ron Ismay
Ron Lowe
Ron Lowe

THE Hindmarsh Shire Council election has seen all the former Councillors return to Council, except for the unsuccessful Wendy Robins.

Ron Ismay and Ron Lowe will return to their seats in the North Ward after a tightly fought contest. Mr Ismay received 695 votes, or 53.42 percent, of first preference votes, well ahead of Mr Lowe on 280 votes, 21.52 percent, and Ms Robins on 234 votes, 17.99 percent. Elizabeth Chivell received 92 votes, 7.07 percent, of first preference votes.

With the numbers being close between Ms Robins and Mr Lowe and neither receiving enough votes to claim victory, another three counts was had taking into account preferences.

After the fourth count Ron Lowe finished with 436 votes, Ron Ismay 434 and Wendy Robins 429. Ms Robins was just five votes short of Ron Ismay. The quota was 434 votes to secure a seat in the North Ward. Formal ballot papers included in the count was 1301 with just 15 informal votes.

The 2012 election saw Ron Lowe return to the North Ward uncontested with Ron Ismay winning the by-election less than one year later after Elizabeth Chivell gave up her seat to pursue other interests.

David Colbert, who was in the uncontested West Ward, will take Ms Robins’ old seat. Mr Colbert will be joined in the West Ward by Rob Gersch. Ms Robins, who had a secure seat in the West Ward, chose to run in the North Ward this election in the hopes of bringing some diversity to Council.

Tony Schneider and Debra Nelson will return to the East Ward. Mr Schneider received 549 votes, or 42.43 percent, of first preference votes, well ahead of Ms Nelson on 277 votes, 21.41 percent, Mary Clarke on 240 votes, or 18.55 percent, and Cliff Unger on 228 votes, or 17.62 percent.

With the numbers being close between Ms Nelson, Ms Clarke and Mr Unger and none receiving enough votes to claim victory, another two counts was had taking into account preferences. Ms Nelson finished on 487 votes after the third count with preferences and Mary Clarke finished on 354 votes. The quota was 432 votes required to win a seat. Mr Unger finished on 20. Formal ballot papers included in the count was 1294 with just 21 votes informal.

With results announced, a declaration of results was held on Wednesday. Mary Clarke, Cliff Unger and Elizabeth Chivell were unsuccessful in their campaigns at this election.

Wendy Robins said: “Congratulations to Ron Lowe, Ron Ismay, Rob Gersch, David Colbert, Tony Schneider and Debra Nelson. Also well done to all the candidates in the Hindmarsh Shire for having a mighty fine go. It is a brave effort and not many people will do what you have just done.

Lastly thanks to everyone for your support to me over the last four years, it’s been a fabulous experience and I have no regrets.” “I will continue to work for social justice in our community and work with Council in community legal service for the region,” Elizabeth Chivell said.

Yarriambiack Shire

In the Yarriambiack Shire, a complete shake-up has been delivered, with former Councillors Terry Grange and Andrew McLean unsuccessful in their bids to return to Council.

The Yarriambiack Shire Council will see four new faces along with three former Councillors who were successful in their re-election. Former Mayor Ray Kingston and former Councillor Lisa Woods did not re-stand this election. In the Hopetoun Ward, newcomer Shane Roberts received 471 first preference votes, or 38.80 percent. Helen Ballentine has retained her seat, with 441 first preference votes, or 36.33 percent.

Former Councillor Andrew McLean received 266 first preference votes, 21.91 percent, with Rita Stewart receiving 36 votes, or 2.97 percent. The quota was 405 votes to secure a seat in the Hopetoun Ward. Formal ballot papers included in the count was 1214 with just five informal votes. Graeme Massey and Kylie Zanker retained their seats in the Warracknabeal Ward. Mr Massey received 980 first preference votes, 49.70 percent, with Ms Zanker receiving 638 first preference votes, 32.35 percent. Jean Wise received 233 first preference votes, 11.82 percent, and Ross Arnup received 121 first preference votes, 6.14 percent.

With the numbers not showing a distinct third Councillor, a second count was held based on preferences. Ms Wise received 643 votes compared to Mr Arnup’s 196 votes. The quota was 494 votes required to win a seat. Formal ballot papers included in the count was 1972 with 25 informal votes. There will be two new faces in the Dunmunkle Ward with Tom Hamilton and Corinne Heintze receiving enough votes to secure their seats. Mr Hamilton received 565 first preference votes, 38.65 percent. A second count was held to determine the second Councillor for the ward.

On first preference votes, Corinne Heintze received 461 votes, 31.53 percent, ahead of former Councillor Terry Grange on 161 votes, 11.01 percent; Anne Forssman on 157 votes, 10.74 percent; Judith Heeps 58 votes, 3.97 percent; Bob Scates 31 votes, 2.12 percent; and David Craker on 29 votes, 1.98 percent.

After the second count, Ms Heintze finished with 495 votes, Mr Hamilton with 488 votes, Ms Forssman with 178 votes, Mr Grange with 173 votes, Ms Heeps with 60 votes, Mr Scates with 35 votes and Mr Craker with 29 votes. The quota was 488 votes to secure a seat. Formal ballot papers included in the count was 1462 with just 12 informal votes.

With results announced, a declaration of results was held on Wednesday. Terry Grange, Andrew McLean, Rita Stewart, Ross Arnup, Anne Forssman, Judith Heeps, Bob Scates and David Craker were unsuccessful in their campaigns at this election.