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Birchip's Bernadette Hogan the new Mallee Ward Councillor for Buloke

Cheers - its back to the future in Mallee Ward

A familiar face will return to represent the Mallee ward after a by-election delayed by local flooding impacts.

Birchip farmer and now councillor-elect Bernadette Hogan will take the oath of office on the 2nd of November after the results for the by-election were announced late last week, confirming Hogan’s return to council representing Mallee Ward.

The Ward encompasses northern Buloke residents in Sea Lake, Birchip, Donald and Charlton.

Hogan attracted 38.94 per cent of the primary vote, ahead of Zachary Martin on 32.21 per cent, and won after distribution of preferences with a 59.38 per cent share against Martin.

The Mallee Ward by-election was sparked by the resignation of sitting councillor David Vis, who had served the ward since 2016 and quit less than 2 years into his term after being re-elected in 2020.

Hogan will step into a familiar role, having served as a Mallee Ward Councillor between 2005 and 2008.

Hogan is well known in the community and harbors a widespread skillset – she has an accounting and business management background and farms with her husband locally.

The result of the by-election was delayed due to the jurisdiction being on high alert with regional Victoria’s current flood situation continuing to threaten communities.


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