Mulwala duo Bronwyn Thomas and Andrew Kennedy elected to Federation Council

READY TO SERVE: Mulwala's Bronwyn Thomas has been elected to Federation Council at her first attempt. She will be joined by Andrew Kennedy also from the town.
READY TO SERVE: Mulwala's Bronwyn Thomas has been elected to Federation Council at her first attempt. She will be joined by Andrew Kennedy also from the town.

MULWALA has doubled its representation from the former Corowa Shire with Bronwyn Thomas and Andrew Kennedy elected to Federation Council on Wednesday.

Widely regarded as a rates cash-cow for the former council, Mulwala had only one councillor, Daryl Davey, on the final Corowa Shire after Jan Doyle retired in the lead-up to the 2012 election.

Mr Davey missed out on election to Federation Council when he stood as a below the line candidate.

Ms Thomas and Mr Kennedy both headed tickets from the tourist town, but were among the final councilliors elected after the crunching of preferences.

Ms Thomas’ group was vocal in its support for the green route option for the Yarrawonga-Mulwala replacement bridge.

The former Corowa Shire backed the grey route and Ms Thomas said she looked forward to re-visiting the issue at some stage.

“We’ve got to find our feet first as a group of nine councillors,” she said.

“We don’t necessarily known each other all that well, but over the next three years we have to be there together and work together for the greater good.”

Kennedy revealed he considered standing on the Urana ticket before electing to form his own which included brother and Yarrawonga Pigeons co-coach Chris.

“It was time to put something back into the community,” he said.

“I was born and bred here so it was time for me to put my hand up and have a go.

“I’m all for the Urana area so we are going to have support them.”

David Longley remained the sole Howlong candidate to be elected despite the compost plant saga being a prominent issue in the town for 12 months.

The town had two councillors on the last Corowa Shire, Mark Shields and Fiona Schirmer.

Mr Shields finished 11th in the final count with another Howlong candidate David Horton in 13th place.

The council will hold its first meeting on September 26.