Williams remains on land council
TINA Williams has been re-elected as the North Coast councillor for the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) for another four-year term, following elections last Saturday.
The Lismore woman received 287 votes of 652 registered votes, winning at the fifth count over Wesley Fernando, Jacky Heather, Lisa Bolt, Trevor Kapeen and Robert Monaghan.
A significant portion of her votes came from Fingal Head Primary and Tweed Heads South Public booths.
“My core policy is to continue with the land council’s policies that the current council has implemented and endorsed during my previous four year-term as councillor,” Ms Williams said.
Mr Monaghan had campaigned in the Tweed region in the lead-up to the election, in hopes of rallying support for his pledge to lobby to resolve the Aboriginal land claim on Lot 490 at Kingscliff.
Chief executive officer Lesley Turner praised council members for the voter turn-out which saw an increase of 7% compared to the 2011 vote.
“Voting in NSWALC elections is not compulsory, like many other membership-based organisations,” he said.
“So to have more than 33% of our members turn out on Saturday and vote for land rights is encouraging.
“NSWALC appreciates the efforts of so many people in the land rights network who worked hard to encourage people to vote.”
Mr Turner said NSWALC was pleased with the number of Aboriginal people employed as election staff on the day.
“Of the 287 election staff members who worked at polling booths, 198 or 67% were Aboriginal,” he said.
“We hope to increase the number of Aboriginal people working at all elections.”
Other elected councillors include:
Stephen Ryan for Central, Peter Smith for Mid-North, Anne Dennis for North-Western, Charles Lynch for Northern, Danny Chapman for South Coast, Roy Ah-See for Sydney Newcastle, William Murray for Western and Craig Cromelin for Wiradjuri.