Port Macquarie-Hastings Council election finalised

New council term: The incoming Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will hold its first council meeting on October 5.

New council term: The incoming Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will hold its first council meeting on October 5.

THE Camden Haven is home to the two new councillors on Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

Dunbogan’s Peter Alley and Bonny Hills resident Lee Dixon have each secured a spot on Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The electronic distribution of preferences showed the councillor candidates, in order of election, as Rob Turner, Mike Cusato, Sharon Griffiths, Peter Alley, Justin Levido, Geoff Hawkins, Lisa Intemann and Lee Dixon.

The councillor poll was officially declared 10 days after the September 10 election.

Peter Besseling has been returned as the popularly elected mayor.

Cr Alley said it was good to finally get elected as a councillor, particularly after such a close call last time.

“The fact that this time around we went from zero to two representatives in the Camden Haven, certainly the community has felt we do need better representation [from the Camden Haven] and we do need a voice at the table,” he said.

Cr Alley said there was a big learning process ahead and he looked forward to that.

The lead candidate on the Country Labor group said his political affiliation gave him the values he took into the council – nothing more and nothing less.

Cr Dixon, the other new face, was elected as the second candidate on Cr Cusato’s ticket.

The business owner and Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce president said he was a little bit shocked about his election.

Cr Dixon said he had the knowledge of the area and the skills to make a difference.

He stressed the importance of communication and transparency.

Cr Dixon said he would try to convey to the community more about the council’s actions and reasons behind those actions.

The new councillor expects to face a steep learning curve in the coming months.

Cr Besseling said he was pleased there was some good geographical diversity on the council.

The councillors are drawn from the Camden Haven, the Wauchope area and Port Macquarie.

The councillors will attend an induction program.

Cr Besseling said that was an opportunity for re-elected councillors to freshen up on the legislative changes, to welcome the new councillors and for the new councillors to understand their obligations moving forward.

October 5 is the next council meeting date.

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