The new Northern Beaches Council is up and running, with independent councillors in the driving seat.
Of the 15 councillors elected, six are from Michael Regan’s Your Northern Beaches independent team. There are five Liberals - one from each of the five wards - and one Greens councillor. The rest are independents, including Good For Manly President Candy Bingham.
The first meeting elected Cr Regan as Mayor and Cr Bingham as Deputy, strengthening the council’s independent credentials.
“I’m thrilled to be elected deputy,” Cr Bingham said. “What an honour! It will be a lot of work, but I believe this council will really be able to make a difference for the whole Northern Beaches area. And Manly will have a strong voice at the table.”
She said the impressive showing by independents in “Liberal heartland” showed that voters did not want major political parties in local government, preferring representatives whose allegiance to the community was not complicated by their political affiliation.
“But despite having different political backgrounds I’m very hopeful that this council will work well together,” Cr Bingham said.
“The Manly Ward Councillors - myself, Sarah Grattan from Your Northern Beaches, and Liberal councillor Pat Daley - are already working as a team to have a look at the off-leash “dog park” situation for dog owners and other residents, and to improve the look of The Corso.
"And as a council our priorities include dealing with our parking problems, and improving the state of public amenities, such as toilets."
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Candy Bingham, Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.