New councillor sworn in

Halls Gap resident, Jason Hosemans, has been sworn in as the newly elected councillor for the Northern Grampians Shire Council.

Mr Hosemans, a pharmacist, narrowly topped the poll in the South West Ward by-election. He will fill the vacancy created following the resignation of Paul Russell from council in December.

Mr Hosemans was one of eight candidates who stood for this by-election and will now represent the South West Ward until the next general council election in October, 2016.

When votes were counted over the weekend, Mr Hosemans had polled 225 first preference votes, to finish just in front of Halls Gap businessman Stephen Odgers, who polled 224 votes.

Former councillor Don Gardiner was third with 173 votes.

After the distribution of preferences, Mr Hosemans had received 577 votes, or 51.52 percent of the votes, with Don Gardiner finishing second with 548 votes after preferences, which represented 48.48 percent of the votes.

Mr Hosemans was sworn in as a councillor at a special council meeting last night.

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