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Kennington claims win
BAROSSA Council has welcomed
five new elected members after vot-
ing closed for the local government
elections on Friday.
The new councillors are Tony Hurn, Le-
onie Boothby, Michael Lange, Mark Gross-
man and Christopher Harms, while Theo
Marks and James Maitland missed out.
All of the successful candidates are yet
to hold a local government role except for
Mr Hurn, who was a former Barossa coun-
cillor and Mr Lange, who has 39 years of
local government employment experience,
including with the Barossa Council.
Michael Seager, John Angas, Margaret
Harris, Dave de Vries, Richard Miller and
Scotty Milne were all re-elected.
Former councillors David Lykke and
Bridgette Kies chose not to renominate.
Bob Sloane was already elected unop-
posed as the new mayor, following the
retirement of long-serving leader Brian
Mr Sloane had been a councillor of
Barossa Council for four years.
Election results: John Angus (1180), Mi-
chael Seager (705), Margaret Harris (547),
Leonie Boothby (506), Michael Lange
(470), Tony Hurn (338), Richard Miller
(361), Scotty Milne (310), Christopher
Harms (337), Dave de Vries (176), Mark
Grossman (196), Theo Marks (179), James
-- Amelia Dawkins
– BAROSSA –
MALLALA Council's incumbent may-
or Duncan Kennington has claimed
victory in the local government elec-
tions, after provisional figures put him
in front of his opponent Tony Flaherty
by a mere 14 votes.
Mr Kennington, who was previously
elected mayor by fellow councillors two
years ago, now stands to become Mallala's
first community elected leader.
"It's not often I'm part of history," he
"I'm very excited about that."
His opponent, Mr Flaherty, who received
919 first preference votes, however, had not
conceded defeat when The Bunyip spoke
Mr Kennington said it was now business
He plans to focus on local projects, in-
cluding developing horticulture in Lewis-
ton, an international bird sanctuary along
the coastal region and the Two Wells expan-
"We've got to make sure that becomes a
community, not just a bunch of houses," he
Mr Kennington received 933 first prefer-
The result comes following an unexpect-
ed turn in the local election campaign last
week, which came only days before voting
Mallala councillor Joe Daniele, last week,
announced he has made a series of "un-
founded and untruthful" statements at
council meetings and recently to the Two
Wells community about Mr Flaherty.
Cr Daniele issued an apology to Mr Fla-
herty, however the mayoral contender be-
lieved the damage was done.
"A lot of people voted on what Cr Dan-
iele had told them," he said.
"Somebody told me, he probably cost me
100 or 200 votes."
Mr Flaherty told The Bunyip he was wait-
ing for an official confirmation of the re-
He said he was unsure whether he would
seek a recount, nor of his next move.
Meanwhile, provisional results also show
Lewiston Ward councillors Karen McColl,
Anne Picard and Tom Summerton were
Mallala/Dublin Ward councillors Ste-
phen Jones, Marcus Strudwicke and Terry
Keen retained their positions.
Cr Daniele also retained his position as a
Two Wells Ward councillor with 165 votes.
Newly elected councillors are Eddie Stub-
ing and Mel Lawrence.
Sitting members Yvonne Howard and Jan
Heley were not re-elected.
– MALLALA –
REMEMBRANCE Lyn Sibenaler (left) with Glenis Bulloch, Brian Sambell, James
Bulloch and Carolyn and Brian Cowell at the Gawler Remembrance Day
ceremony in Gawler yesterday. Full story, page 10.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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