MICHELLE Dracoulis has been elected to serve as mayor of the Derwent Valley Councillor for the next six months. She becomes the council’s first female mayor and fills the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ben Shaw late last year.
Current deputy mayor Jessica Cosgrove received just under 25% of the primary vote (899) votes, ahead of Ms Dracoulis on 856 votes. Cr Julie Triffett received 724 votes, Peter Binny 514, Phil Bingley 402 and Tony Nicholson 262.
The distribution of preferences saw Mr Nicholson, Mr Bingley, Mr Binny, Cr Cosgrove and Cr Triffett progressively excluded from the count until there was only one candidate remaining – Ms Dracoulis – who was elected mayor and will serve until the statewide council elections due in October this year.
See the full details of the vote count at the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website.
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Congratulations Mayor Dracoulis. I look forward to your strong leadership.
Congratulations mayor Dracoulis
I look forward to a strong leadership and hoping you can bring the broken council back to where it should be
Congratulations on being the first female mayor.
The Grey-Painted Concrete Chrysalis of developer-led New Norfolk has cracked, and now we must all lend a hand to force it further open and let the New New Norfolk emerge.
Congratulations to all those who put their hat into the ring and provided a good clean campaign. Less than half of the eligible voters bothered to cast a vote, a disappointing apathy. Let’s hope that the October elections provide an increase in that response.
Mayor Dracoulis sounds good to me . Here is hoping for a new chapter in the Derwent Valley Council with openness and communication with all the residents in the valley. Less than 50% voted not really strange when council has acted in a closed environment possibly for the last fifteen years.
Congratulations to Mayor Dracoulis. I’m hopeful that when the recounts are done the new council will restore some faith in its governance.
To those who didn’t vote, don’t complain.