Big swings to Labor and Greens in NSW local elections
OPPOSITION Leader Luke Foley was out on Sunday morning celebrating the election results, which has included big swings to Labor, with some success for the Greens and independents.
He was in Ryde where Jerome Laxale has become the new Labor mayor, snatching the job from the Liberals.
"What we saw yesterday across NSW was the Liberals received a hiding," Mr Foley told reporters.
"The Liberals copped a thumping, they forced mergers, they rigged boundaries with the intent of capturing control of local government and people across NSW punished them for that."
Premier Gladys Berejiklian is not expected to make any public appearance on Sunday to talk about the council elections.
The Liberals saw losses in Randwick, Ryde and Parramatta, but were strong in The Hills, Hornsby and Woollahra.
Across the state voters turned out to school and church halls and cast their votes in their local polls and indulged in the obligatory election day sausage sizzle.
Final results are expected to be completed by September 16, but candidates vying for the position of mayor by a popular vote were already getting early indications last night.
Twenty new councils and 26 established regional and metropolitan councils will be elected.
Follow the live results here: www.elections.nsw.gov.au/results or find your local council in the list below.
CUMBERLAND: MEHAJER'S MATE WINS RE-ELECTION
One of Salim Mehajer's old mates has won election to the new Cumberland Council, but Mr Mehajer has set his sights on far bigger ambitions.
Liberal Ned Attie appears to have won election to Cumberland Council, formed from the old scandal-plagued Auburn Council and neighbouring Holroyd. Mr Attie was part of a voting bloc at Auburn with Mr Mehajer, the former deputy mayor.
Another of Mr Mehajer's old pals, unaligned candidate Hicham Zraika also ran for Cumberland Council in yesterday's election.
With votes to still count, it appears Mr Zraika is locked in a tight battle for one of the 15 seats on the new authority.
Signs around the Regents Park ward of Cumberland Council urged Chinese-speaking voters not to vote for Ned Attie because of his links to Salim Mehajer.
Signs around the Regents Park ward of Cumberland Council urged Chinese-speaking voters not to vote for Ned Attie because of his links to Salim Mehajer.Source:Supplied
Mr Mehajer took to social media over the weekend to wish candidates good luck and revealed plans to run for state or federal politics.
He was prevented from running in the Cumberland election. Mr Mehajer was slapped with a three-year ban by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in November 2015, preventing him from managing corporations and also preventing him holding public office.
Mr Mehajer wrote online: "You live, you learn, you upgrade. Plans to run state of federal election … next."
Another former Auburn councillor, Labor's George Cambpell has also been elected to Cumberland Council but it appears Irene Simms and Semra Batik will miss out. The trio formed part of a voting bloc at Auburn Council that often opposed Mr Mehajer's grouping.
HORNSBY: RUDDOCK CLAIMS VICTORY
History repeated itself yesterday when Hornsby Shire residents voted former Berowra federal Liberal MP Philip Ruddock to represent them once again - as mayor of Hornsby.
Nearly three million voters in 46 electorates headed to the polls to pick their local councillors across the state.
Cr Ruddock claimed victory in Hornsby's local government election at a celebration of the "biggest election" for the new mayor at the Pennant Hills Hotel on Saturday night.
"It is all over and I am very excited by the outcome," Cr Ruddock said.
"I am gratified for the support I have received from the community.
"I come intending to serve residents and will be sitting down with professional officers as soon as I can to implement the programs that are required to better this community."
Despite the 74-year-old retiring from federal politics last year, Cr Ruddock will now serve a three-year term as mayor of Hornsby - and promises to continue to make a difference to his community.