Mildura Weekly : Friday November 4 Vol 11 No 1
NEWS 3 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By ALEXANDRA TRELOAR FOUR fresh faces are among a new and younger looking Mil- dura Rural City Council (MRCC), after the Victorian Electoral Com- mission officially declared results this week. Councillor-elects Simon Clemence, Min Poole, Jason Modica and Anthony Cirillo will be sworn in next week to serve their first term as councillors, alongside returned councillors Glenn Milne, Ali Cupper, Greg Brown, Max Thorburn and Mark Eckel. Polling in first place with 3088 first preference votes was Glenn Milne, closely followed by Ali Cupper with 2850 votes. Mr Milne and Ms Cupper were the only two candidates elected based on first preference votes. Mr Milne, who has not con- firmed whether he will re-stand for Mayor, said he was stunned to learn he topped the poll. “I’m humbled to have that community support, obviously the things that I have been doing and saying have impacted people, and they see it fit to vote me back in again and I’m looking forward to the next four years,” he said. Ex-Mildura police Inspector Simon Clemence said he was ecstatic with his polling result, which saw him ranked third out of the 28 candidates. “I would have been pleased ifIgotinthetopfourorfive,so to be only bettered by the Mayor and a very popular councillor (Ms Cupper) was a very positive result,” he said. “I’d like to get work done around getting drug rehabilita- tion in Mildura and some other social functions relating to young people’s issues like mental illness and family violence. “We have an excellent mix of people and together we will make innovative and smart decisions that will help the future of Mil- dura.” The youngest incoming coun- cillor, Anthony Cirillo, 26, said his first priorities would be achieving a nil rate rise, while encouraging more community input in Coun- cil’s decision-making. “These are the two things I’d like to strive for straight away, and slowly as a team I think we can achieve a lot of things if we are willing to work together,” he said. Ranking fourth in the race was real estate agent Min Poole – the only other woman elected along- side Ali Cupper – who said she felt very honoured to represent the area for the next four years. “We’ve kept some of the ex- perience on board which is nice, and I’m excited for the challenge ahead,” she said. “I just want to maintain an all-inclusive focus, so that everyone who does reside in our town feel welcome. “I’m also about progression, so we need economic growth to achieve that.” Sliding into eighth position is local tradesman Jason Modica, who said he was happy with the diversity of the newly elected Council. “With Ali Cupper and Glenn Milne polling as well as they did last time shows that we do have a great conservative streak, but we do have a good leaning to pro- gressive thought and new ideas, so I think if that can be cultivated in the community great things happen,” he said. “I think Mildura is at a really critical point of growth, a lot of strategic overview needs to hap- pen about where the town will push in a growth sense and a lot of the old issues still resonate like water and the train.” This year’s MRCC election saw 27,143 formal votes and 3321 in- formal votes counted, with a total of 40,027 residents enrolled. The nine incoming council- lors will be officially sworn in next week, with a mayoral elec- tion also scheduled. Four fresh faces for new-look City Council • FRESH FACES: Anthony Cirillo, Min Poole, Jason Modica, ABOVE, and Simon Clemence, INSET, have been elected to Council for the first time. They join returned councillors Glenn Milne, Ali Cupper, Greg Brown, Max Thorburn and Mark Eckel. “I would have been pleased if I got in the top four or five, so to be only bettered by the Mayor and a very popular councillor (Ms Cupper) was a very positive result.” – ex-Mildura police Inspector Simon Clemence the wedding of the year 1984! Celebrate the Wedding of Morris & Maureen Location: Cardross Hall 13th 12.00pm, 17th Nov 7.30pm $30 ($210 table of 8) 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th Nov 7.30pm $35 ($245 table of 8) Doors open 1/2 hr prior to show commencing Adult Content and Language Warning Tickets from: Green Goddess Flowers, Cardross Store and trybooking.com/mtxr Price includes dinner & show. 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