- Keegan Thomson
Labor wins big at council
BLACKTOWN has survived the second election in less than 3 months with the LGA election results being declared, resulting in a big win for Labor.
Labor went from seven councillors on council to ten, with the Liberal team losing out one seat, now down to five.
In Ward 1 the ALP has two new faces on council with Chris Quilkey and Moninder Singh. Jess Diaz, was elected for the Liberal Party.
In Ward 2 Veteran councillor, Leo Kelly and council newbie Julie Griffiths were elected for the Labor Party with Cr Diaz’s son, Jaymes Diaz winning a position on council for the Liberals.
Frederick Brillo was the only Liberal to be elected in Ward 3 with Cr Susai Benjamin and Kathie Collins wining seats on council for the ALP.
Mayor Stephen Bali won back his position on council for Labor in Ward 4 with Linda Santos wining a position for the Liberal Party and Carol Israel wining for Labor.
In Ward 5 Tony Bleasdale was reelected for Labor, making it his 21st year on council, with two new councillors Brad Bunting and Peter Camilleri winning for Labor and Liberal respectively.
The next step in the council election process is the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, which will take place at the council chambers on Wednesday September 28.