The votes have been counted, and the make-up of the Tatiara District Council has changed only slightly.
Tatiara mayor, Graham Excell was re-elected for the next four years, something he sees as a sign of faith from the ratepayers. Unopposed, Mr Excell was automatically re-elected for a second term.
Long-time Padthaway council representative Mark Murphy will not be sitting this term, with new Bordertown candidate Cathy Langley replacing him in the only change to elected members.
While Padthaway won’t have a resident representative on the council, Mr Excell said the town would still have a voice.
“The Padthaway Progress Association will continue their strong relationship with the Tatiara District Council in ensuring Padthaway still has strong reputation,” Mr Excell said.
While he felt stability was good, Mr Excell acknowledged he was surprised there weren’t more nominations from prospective new councillors for the election.
“I was expecting a bit of change,” Mr Excell said. “I did want to see more residents put up their hand for council but I see this as a sign the residents within the district are content and happy with how we run things here.”
Mr Excell said exciting things are ahead for the Tatiara district, with industrial projects underway such as solar power and the development of the railway yards in Bordertown.
“This has been in development for a while, and it is also worth noting that our unemployment rates are at a low too,” Mr Excell stated. “This means people should and will be able to find sustainable employment within the district.”
In the 2018 June quarter, the Tatiara distict’s unemployment rate was sitting at just 1.69 per cent.
Driving the council more efficiently, keeping rates down, maintaining cleanliness and maintaining roads within the district will be the council’s main priorities this term, Mr Excell added.
“Maintaining roads within the Tatiara district has always been a priority...and the council will continue that.”
Eight out of nine elected members hit the quota votes, with Ken McInerney missing the quota mark by a single vote. Liz Goossens received the most first preference votes with 514.