The major parties will return to the Georges River and Bayside councils in the 2021 election, but their bastions of power will be flooded by the tide of change as a strong independent voice floods in.
In Georges River’s Blakehurst Ward at the close of the countdown Saturday night, Georges River Residents and Ratepayers Party candidate Natalie Mort was ahead with 47.8 percent of the vote, followed by Liberal Sam Elmir with 24.9 percent and Labor’s Kathryn Landsberry with 13 pct.
In Hurstville Ward, Labor’s Colleen Symington was ahead with 28.4 percent of the vote counted, followed by Leftist Nancy Liu and Georges River Residents and Ratepayers Bob Jones.
In the Kogarah Bay Ward, Labour’s Nick Katris led with 32.9 percent of the vote, followed by Leftist Sam Stratapopoulus with 25 percent of the vote and independent Lachlan McLean with 21 percent.
In Peakhurst Ward, Labor’s Kevin Green had 41 percent of the vote counted, followed by Leftist Lou Konjarski with 36 percent of the vote and George River River Residents and Ratepayers Peter Mahoney with 21.9 percent of the vote.
The results for Mortdale Ward had not been published.
Labor was ahead with 42.3 percent of the vote, followed by Greens’ James Macdonald with 27.1 percent, and independent candidates John Heffernan and Jennier Muscat both with 15.2 percent.
In Section 2, Labor’s Joanne Jansyn had 40.4 percent of the vote counted, Michael Nagi 32 percent and the Greens’ Peter Strong 20 percent.
Section 3 saw Labor Bill Saravinovski gain 47.67 percent of the vote, followed by independent Andrew Tsounis with 20.33 percent and Greens Greta Werner with 20.33 percent.
In Division 4, long-term independent Liz Barlow led with 44.9 percent of the vote, followed by Labor’s Joe Awada with 40 percent and the green Catriona Carver with 14 percent.
In Division 5, Labour’s Ed McDougall had 31.8 percent of eyes, followed by Independent Paul Sedrak with 20.6 percent, and Independent Heidi Douglas with 20.43 percent.