Number One for Steve Tucker at Tilligerry Peninsula

Councillor elect Steve Tucker – pleased with the new council line up.
Councillor elect Steve Tucker – pleased with the new council line up.

 

FOR more than any other candidate, Central Ward residents put a number one on the ballot paper beside long time serving Port Stephens councillor Steve Tucker’s name at the recent elections.

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At Tanilba he polled some 777 of the 1576 cast votes; at LTP it was 468 from 1000 and at Salt Ash the count was 189 from 607.

He also polled well in Medowie.

“I actually exceeded my quota by around 500 which I passed on to Chris Doohan. He in turn had an excess which flowed on to Anna Bay’s Sarah Smith,” he said.

“We look like having a progressive line-up with our new mayor Ryan Palmer at the helm,” he added.

“It’s roads, roads, roads as far as I’m concerned and the $1 million we secured as a loan will be ploughed back into Tanilba’s streets.”

“Looking at the ‘big picture’ we will continue to develop the peninsula as a passive recreational area for the locals, day trippers and holiday makers,” he said.

“The makeover of the Lemon Tree Passage waterfront has given the area a massive boost. Council will continue to improve this area as well as the Peace Pde Reserve at Tanilba and the Mallabula jetty area and Caswell Reserve,” he said.

A closer look at the voting pattern showed an increase in the donkey vote and a more worrying trend of informal voting which was around 20 percent of the votes cast.

 

By Geoff WALKER

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