Former Geelong councillor could return to City Hall

August 11, 2023 7:49 am in by
The CoGG will soon have a new councillor [Geelong Broadcasters]

A countback to determine Geelong’s latest councillor will be held later this month and a former councillor could return.

It follows the resignation of former mayor Stephanie Asher in the Bellarine ward in late July.

The Victorian Electorate Commission will hold the countback on August 28, going through votes from the 2020 local government election.

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However, one former candidate has already ruled himself out of the race.

Cory Wolverton placed fourth in first preference votes for the three Bellarine Ward spots, but has since moved interstate.

Former councillor Tom O’Connor could be tapped to replace Ms Asher, finishing fifth in first preference votes.

The final decision was expected to come down to preferences, but Mr O’Connor believed the city could do with his experience.

“The council’s been through an horrendous time, an upset time with people coming and going,” he said.

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“It really is a big job to do it well and I reckon I’ve had enough experience and I’m prepared to put in my time, make it available.”

The results will be public on the VEC website once the countback is held.


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