Panella by two votes

Adelaide Plains Council’s newest councillor, Margherita Panella, has vowed to “be informed” to help her make the best decisions possible for ratepayers in the district.

Ms Panella was officially sworn in as APC’s ninth councillor prior to Monday night’s official ordinary council meeting, and replaces long-serving Anne Picard, who resigned at the end of the 2016/17 financial year.

Cr Panella took the win by the barest of margins, just two votes, from fellow candidate, Brian Parker.

Just over 500 votes were polled but none of the four candidates reached the required quota of 257 first preference votes to take the outright win.

Candidates were excluded through the proportional representation vote counting system with surplus votes transferred accordingly.

Cr Panella secured 230 votes to Mr Parker’s 228.

“I’m excited by this opportunity but there’s a lot to take in,” Ms Panella said following the closure of her first council meeting on October 16.

“I’m playing catch-up but I want to be informed.

“I want the pros and cons of the issues at hand to make a valid decision.”

Ms Panella says she has spent 15 years studying, resulting in three degrees, and is now ready to tackle local government head on.

“I will ask the difficult questions and do the research to make sure its best for our community,” she said. “I will make the time to listen to residents concerns.”

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