VOTES are counted, results are in, and Central Ward residents can now welcome their official new Central Ward councillors for Port Stephens Council.
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Steve Tucker, Sarah Smith and Chris Doohan took out the tightly contested top spots to claim victory in Central Ward, ahead of their counterparts.
Steve Tucker topped the ward polls at 28.84 percent, with Sarah Smith on 25.47 percent and Chris Doohan taking the final spot at 18.09 percent.
Central Ward is well represented this term, with its three elected councillors ensuring that all areas are supported.
Steve Tucker hails from the Tilligerry Peninsula and is a long-serving councillor, first being elected in 2004.
He is passionate about the Peninsula and ensuring fair opportunities for all.
Sarah Smith is a newcomer to Port Stephens Council, but not new to Port Stephens.
She resides in Anna Bay and manages Crest Birubi Beach.
Sarah is keen to assist in restoring the confidence that ratepayers have in Port Stephens Council.
Chris Doohan is a well-known face in Medowie, a fierce supporter of the Medowie Sports Club, the previous Deputy Mayor of Port Stephens Council and a strong advocate of anyone needing a hand in Port Stephens.
The three new Central Ward councillors got together this week to chat with News Of The Area about their thoughts on the incoming council, and starting the new term off on the right foot.
Steve Tucker said, “It’s great to see the whole ward represented in its elected councillors.”
“Our ward covers such a large area, so it’s nice to see an even distribution, and a team elected that I know can work together to achieve great things this term.”
Chris Doohan told News Of The Area, “We have a great mix of experience and fresh ideas with the elected councillors for Central Ward.”
“Our ward councillors in the past have achieved some great things, so with some fresh ideas and energy added to the mix we can only go even bigger.”
Sarah Smith said, “We need to not focus on the past, and just concentrate on working together to get things done in Port Stephens.”
“I am confident in our ability as a Central Ward team to make a real difference in the way people view the council, we will take this great balance of new and experienced people, and move forward to even bigger and better things.”
By Rachael VAUGHAN