Familiar and fresh faces on councils

Getting support: Liberal candidate Joseph Rahme and Labor's Steve Christou, pictured with Our Local Community candidate Rima Balech have both won spots on Cumberland Council.

Getting support: Liberal candidate Joseph Rahme and Labor's Steve Christou, pictured with Our Local Community candidate Rima Balech have both won spots on Cumberland Council.

There are a few surprises for Parramatta and Cumberland councils as the counting of the votes continue.

The Greens are in with a good chance to be represented on Parramatta for the first time with Phil Bradley. He currently has 13.94 per cent of first preferences in the Parramatta ward.

The Liberals currently lead in all five wards and will have at least six councillors on the new council. Labor have won five spots while independent Lorraine Wearne has been re-elected.

Our Local Community candidate Michelle Garrard is also in the running with good results in the Dundas ward with 14.43 per cent of first preferences and is currently ahead of Local Independent Party candidates, former Liberal councillor John Hugh.

Our Local Community candidate Andrew Wilson is set to be re-elected to the council, narrowly ahead of Greens candidate Chris James in the Rosehill ward. In that ward, Labor was in the lead but has been overtaken by the Liberals, who are now just ahead.

Other former Parramatta councillors to return include Steven Issa, Pierre Esber and Bob Dywer, who gained a seat in the North Rocks ward alongside former Hills mayor Andrew Jefferies.

Labor lead in all five wards in Cumberland Council and are a chance of winning up to nine seats.

Former Parramatta lord mayor Paul Garrard and the father of Parramatta candidate Michelle has won a seat on the inaugural Cumberland Council with 24.53 per cent of the vote in the South Granville ward, second behind former Parramatta colleague Glenn Elmore from Labor. The Liberals are expected to fight off former Auburn Labor councillor turned independent Hicham Zraika for the final spot.

Former Holroyd councillors Lisa Lake, Michael Zaiter, Greg Cummings, Ross Grove, Joseph Rahme are all part of Cumberland Council while Our Local Community candidate Eddy Sarkis is battling for the third and final Greystanes ward spot against Labor’s second candidate Glen Richardson.

Steve Christou will be a new face on council and is likely to be joined by fellow Granville ward Labor candidate Ola Hamed.

Cumberland voters also voted on a poll of electors regarding their council’s pools. More than 75 per cent of the 69,639 votes counted so far are in favour of continuing to subsidise the council’s five pools.

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