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Millions turn out in NSW local government elections


Voting spanned NSW from Sydney to the outback in statewide local government elections

Polling booths at the NSW local council elections saw hordes of voters congregating in enormous queues with the online voting system crashing at one stage.


There was a high level of interest concerning Southern NSW local government election results with two renowned mayors stepping down.


Wagga City Council mayor Greg Conkey and Lockhart Shire Council mayor Rodger Schirmer are each moving on from their roles, with councillors to determine their mayoral leadership once their councils first meet.


In Federation shire, mayor Pat Bourke's Group A ticket led the primary voting with over 20 per cent of the vote while among the individual (non group ticket) candidates, David Longley secured 12.41 per cent of the primary vote.


In Narrandera, where Mayor Neville Kschenka obtained the highest number of votes in the current count with 14.78 per cent of the formal votes.


Incumbent councillor candidates Jenny Clarke, Tracey Lewis, Sue Ruffles, Peter Dawson, Cameron Lander, Kevin Morris, Narelle Payne and Braden Lyons have all polled well and are on track continue another term.


In the Wagga City council elections, Clean Out Council candidates Richard Foley, Chris Ingram, Jacinta Evans, Paul Funnell and Mick Henderson are reportedly in line to be elected as councillors after an initial voting count. Labor also performed well while Wagga voters also voted yes, 51 per cent on current referendum figures, to directly elect their mayor in future elections.


In Lockhart where 37.8 per cent of votes have been counted, Andrew Rockliff is in the box seat to be elected in the A Ward with Deborah Bender, Frances Day and Robert Mathews vying for the remaining two councillor positions.


In the B Ward, Jane Hunter and Peter Sharp have been elected as councillors, with James Walker on track to beat Barbara Salter to the third councillor position with a total count of 57.1 per cent of votes so far.


The C Ward was uncontested with Gail Driscoll, Ian Marston and Greg Verdon securing council positions unopposed.


Authorities have warned residents that had not voted in the twice-delayed elections that they risk being mailed fines for not showing up at polling booths.