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Two Moama residents to run in Murray Shire by-election

The first two residents to throw their hats in the ring for the coming Murray Shire by-election have come forward.

RUTH CLAYTON February 27, 2013 4:35am

Moama’s Geoff Mackenzie and Geoff Tighe are the first two to raise their hands for positions as councillors in the coming Murray Shire by-election.

Mr Mackenzie, a 66-year-old livestock buyer, stood in the September election but missed out on a spot on council by just one ranking position.

He received 185 votes on 5.2 per cent.

Mr Mackenzie said he accepted the umpire’s decision at the September election and was ready to stand again.

He said he was sorry council would have to endure the ‘‘huge financial cost’’ and inconvenience of another election.

The September election cost Murray Shire Council $44,094.

The by-election, expected to take place in May, comes as Brian Sharp and Sue Mulcahy last week stood down from their positions as councillors.

Mr Sharp had been on council for close to 19 years, while Mrs Mulcahy resigned after less than six months.

‘‘I’m sorry that the ratepayers have to go to the poll again,’’ Mr Mackenzie said.

‘‘I’m not judging whether they’re (the resigning councillors) right or wrong, but it is disappointing.’’

Mr Mackenzie said he had an agenda he wanted to bring to council.

He said he was passionate about council transparency and could bring attributes such as open-dealing, honesty and common sense.

The second Murray River bridge, further development in the shire and water issues topped Mr Mackenzie’s list of priorities.

‘‘I’d say there’d be a good few in the shire...that wouldn’t want me to get on because I’m not a very quiet person,’’ he said.

Mr Mackenzie wished other candidates good luck in their campaigns.

Chris Bilkey and Alan Holding, who were also unsuccessful at the September election, said they were undecided on whether to stand again.

Mr Bilkey said it was ‘‘certainly’’ an option, while Mr Holding said he had quite a lot of community support urging him to stand.

Unsuccessful September candidate Neil Greaves could not be contacted for comment.

More information on new candidate Geoff Tighe will appear in Friday’s Riv.

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