December 4 has come and gone and we had the chance to vote in a new Hilltops Council. A steady stream of voters went to the Central School, but I wonder how much voting was done online, or early at the Boorowa office. Be interesting to find out how the method of voting is trending.
With approximately 14,300 voters in the Hilltops Council area, this means the quota for each candidate to get elected would be in the vicinity of 1,300 votes. On looking at early figures counted on Saturday night, Alison Foreman had the highest number of primary votes with 584, narrowly in front of Matthew Stadtmiller (568) and Margaret Roles (542). Boorowa candidates John Piper (468) and Joanne McKay (365) polled well.
These are early figures but candidates in the 100's include Niven, Hewson, Armstrong, Horton and Fitzpatrick. Some of these would have a fear they may be one of the two candidates to miss out.
There was no counting Sunday, resuming Monday with three candidates climbing into the thousand plus votes, Foreman, Roles and Stadtmiller. Failure seems likely for those mentioned in the trailing group.
Postal votes will be counted later before preferences can be distributed. There is a lot of work to be done before finalised results can be published, a lot can change, but remember, 'It's not over 'til the fat lady sings'. In this case, at least until the last vote has been counted and confirmed.
The new Council will face many challenges, least of all, balancing the books. Financial management is imperative.
Two further considerations that can create consternation in this fledgling council begin with our roads, both urban and rural. People want value for the rates they pay. Listen carefully to such complaints and remember problems are a daily occurrence to those using their lopcal roads.
Councillors, we are Hilltops, not Young, Harden and Boorowa so there must be equality in the services provided. Right now, Young is well adorned with Christmas decorations, Boorowa to a much lesser extent and as for Harden, it's almost depressingly devoid of glitter. Is that equality?
Listen to the people and you will become a better Councillor. Council will need a little luck to move to a secure future.
A little reminder. The M&D Choir is performing tomorrow night (Fri, Dec 10) at the Anglican Church with a 7.30pm start. You are all welcome to join with the choir singing all those favourite Christmas carols and take in the associated readings. With no Carols by Candlelight this year, this may be your only chance to belt out all those favourite carols.
Sadly, age is beginning to weary the Choir members and 'the stage manager' has his hands on the curtain cord, conceivably, this could be the choir's swansong.
Now we trust our newspapers, our radios, our TV programs and news reports to be accurate, which can be a little difficult if bias is allowed to determine how and what is said.
Quite unbelievably I saw a very inaccurate newspaper headline early in the last week of November which makes me wonder how much our reporters know?
The headline read, 'Where Did Our Summer Go?' It can't be gone if we haven't had it yet and I'm pretty sure 99.99% of the population know that summer begins on December 1. Embarrassing being in the 0.01% not knowing when summer starts.
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