A new era of representatives elected to Albury Council

NEW COUNCIL GOALS: Murray King with his dog Chester at the old site of the caravan park at Noreuil Park.

NEW COUNCIL GOALS: Murray King with his dog Chester at the old site of the caravan park at Noreuil Park.

Three new faces will officially join the six who have been returned from their previous term on the new Albury Council.

Final results released on the weekend revealed Murray King would join fellow new faces John Stuchbery and Amanda Cohn on the team.

Graham Docksey, first elected in 2012, was the last candidate to claim back his place on the council.

He polled just 131 votes, or 0.52 per cent of the total votes cast, but got across the line as part of Ms Glachan’s ticket on preferences.

Cr Docksey will join his previous colleagues Kevin Mack, Alice Glachan, Henk van de Ven, Darren Cameron and David Thurley.

It has been a whirlwind election campaign for Mr King, who only put his hand up for office at the last minute.

Cr Mack’s previous number three candidate Di Ovens had to withdraw because she was not registered in Albury.

Mr King told The Border Mail his election was a surprise, but he was still 100 per cent committed to the job.

“I was third on the ticket and these things are unheard of,” he said.

“I’m the type of person that once I decide to so something, I go at it pretty strong.”

There was a nervous wait for the last few candidates to hear the news of their election, after votes were cast last Saturday.

Mr King was among those unimpressed with the delay.

“It took a long time when most of the votes were counted last week, it’s pretty slack from the NSW  Electoral Commission,” he said.

Mr King went into the election campaigning for a caravan park beside the Murray River and houseboats on Lake Hume and said they would be his priorities in office.

“It’s probably a little ironic that it’s flooded at the moment,” he said.

SCRAPED IN: Graham Docksey was the final candidate elected into the nine-member Albury Council.

SCRAPED IN: Graham Docksey was the final candidate elected into the nine-member Albury Council.

Cr Docksey was at the Albury electoral office at 10.03am Saturday when he finally found out he had been elected.

“One or nine, you’re still on the council,” he said.

“My aim was always to get Alice Glachan elected, she does a lot for the community.”

The returning councillor, and Albury RSL president, said he wanted to retain his position as traffic committee chairman and continue developing the Albury war memorial.

“We’ve got a really good mix, that’s what the community voted for,” Cr Docksey said.

The new set of Albury councillors will meet for the first time on Thursday evening, before a workshop on Friday.

The first task will be electing a mayor and deputy mayor, who Cr Docksey said should be people willing to work for the community, not themselves.

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