Fire brigade captain elected to council

TOODYAY Central Bush Fire Brigade Captain Mick McKeown (left) has been elected to the Toodyay Shire Council.

He fills a three-month vacancy on the nine-member council after the resignation of former shire president Bill Manning, who moved to Tasmania last April.

Cr McKeown received 662 votes in last month’s postal ballot of all Toodyay voters, Keith Boase 355 and April Ashley 270.

The election was conducted by the WA Electoral Commission which reported a voter turn-out of about 26 per cent.

This is significantly less than the 45 per cent turn-out last October when four new councillors were elected to the council and two others retained their seats.

Cr McKeown was elected to serve out the remainder of former Cr Manning’s term, which expires in October next year.

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