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Sharon Cadwallader is the new Mayor of Ballina

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Independent councillor Sharon Cadwallader has been elected Mayor of Ballina Shire.

The result was formally declared at 9am this morning at an official ‘calling of the card’ conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

Ballina Shire Councillor Sharon Cadwallader.

The process involved the live calculation of preferences (which had been counted and entered into the system over the past week) by the Commission’s computer.

The final result saw Cr Cadwallader edge out Jeff Johnson, who was second in the race.

Third was Labor councillor Keith Williams, followed by Eoin Johnston, and Steve McCarthy.

Best known lately for her persistent campaign to have the option of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland reconsidered, Cr Cadwallader has previously spoken to The Echo of concerns about policing in Alstonville and state infrastructure in the rapidly expanding Lennox Head area.

The independent councillor shares widespread concerns about a declared housing crisis in her shire and earlier this year successfully moved for the council to back calls for a Royal Commission into the matter.

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