Pat Bourke Joins Federation Council Through Former Urana Shire Colleague David Fahey | border mail

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The former Urana Shire has double the representation on the Federation Council compared to the two fastest growing cities in the merged entity after Morundah publican David Fahey was one of four confirmed newcomers Tuesday. Mr Fahey sat second on Mayor Pat Bourke’s successful ticket and finished eighth in the election order following the distribution of preferences by the NSW Electoral Commission. Other new faces include Corowa-based trio Aaron Nicholls, Sally Hughes and Rowena Black with David Longley, Andrew Kennedy, Shaun Whitechurch and Gail Law also retaining their places on the nine-member council. Mr. Fahey also served 12 years on the former Urana Shire with Cr Bourke and then spent another five years on Narrandera Shire after the merger of Corowa and Urana. “It was tough for Pat to represent all of old Urana County and hopefully I can make his life a little bit easier,” he said. “We’re a county now. I’m not a parochial kind of guy and I’m on that kind of thing.” Cr Bourke was the only former Urana Shire elected in the last ballot and looked forward to working alongside Mr Fahey again. “Dave is going to have a lot to offer,” he said. “He has a degree in local government and it will be nice to have around the table. A lot of the work of being a mayor is in the big communities, Corowa, Mulwala and Howlong, and it will be nice to have someone around. one behind you.” IN OTHER NEWS Cr Bourke will be named mayor and Cr Whitechurch will raise his hand for MP in Thursday’s election. The boom towns Howlong and Mulwala each have one councillor, Corowa being the largest with five. Cr Longley was the only Howlong-based Candidate in the race and comfortably achieved a quota as the most successful ungrouped candidate. But Mulwala went from two advisers to one with Cr Kennedy’s No. 2 Bethany Robinson. It follows that Bronwyn Thomas is not seeking a second term. Ms Law was the ninth candidate elected with 73 votes separating her from David Harrison. They were both standing “below the line”, as was Ms Black. “I didn’t expect anything different because I went alone and no one supported me.” Mrs. Law said. “I’m a very independent person and like to do it my way.” She was first elected to Corowa Shire 12 years ago, her only break being when the Federation was under Administrator Mike Eden. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: