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Shire of Waroona residents re-elect two councillors and two fresh faces in 2023 local government elections

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
The Shire of Waroona offices.
Camera IconThe Shire of Waroona offices. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/RegionalHUB

The Shire of Waroona has welcomed a new face and a returning stalwart to the council at Saturday’s local government elections.

Five candidates vied for the four positions which were up for grabs in this year’s vote, with one councillor being unsuccessful in their re-election bid.

Despite only needing to count 1100 votes from across the shire, results were not known on Saturday night as hiccups surrounding the new optional preferential voting system caused delays.

Candidates who came expecting a result were sent home after 10pm as it became clear the outcome would not be known on the night.

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A formal result did not come on Sunday afternoon. However, two councillors were re-elected and two fresh faces are joining the council.

Karen Odorisio will serve her second four-year term after being the top of the ticket with 23.4 per cent of the first preference vote.

Fellow returning councillor John Mason came in second place with 21.2 per cent.

Cr Mason expressed his gratitude at being re-elected.

“It is an honour to do the job and I look forward to continuing the work we have done over the last few years,” he said.

Cr Mason said he was looking forward to the development of the Waroona town centre continuing over his four-year term, alongside looking after the growing population needs.

“I appreciate the support and I will work diligently for the Shire,” he said.

Preston Beach resident Charlie Clarke was successful in his second run for the position, and joins the council for the first time. He placed third with 19.5 per cent of first preferences.

Former deputy Shire president Larry Scott has made his return to the council following a two-year absence. He took out the final position with 18.6 per cent. Mr Scott had previously served on the council between 2007 and 2021.

Vince Vitale has not been returned for a second term, ending his four years on the council. He received 17.3 per cent of the vote.

Ms Odorisio, Mr Mason and Mr Clarke will all serve four-year terms, while Mr Scott will serve a two-year term.

The Shire president and deputy Shire president position will be determined at Tuesday’s council meeting.

About a third of voters participated in the Shire’s elections this year, slightly down from the last contested election in 2019.

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