Tony Revell has been elected to the Surf Coast Shire council to replace Libby Coker. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR

Tony Revell wins Anglesea by-election

September 12, 2019 BY

TONY Revell has been elected as the newest member of the Surf Coast Shire council.

Cr Revell was one of six candidates in the Anglesea Ward by-election and was declared victorious by the Victorian Electoral Commission last week.

The postal by-election to fill the extraordinary vacancy followed the resignation of Libby Coker, who was elected to the seat of Corangamite at May’s federal election.

Surf Coast Shire acting chief executive officer Anne Howard and shire mayor Rose Hodge formally swore in Cr Revell during a ceremony held at the shire’s council chambers on Monday.

Cr Revell said he felt honoured and humbled to become a councillor.

“It’s certainly a position that I take very seriously, and I look forward to working with all of you in the months and years ahead.”

Cr Hodge congratulated Cr Revell on his win.

“You’re joining a wonderful team and you’ve got a fantastic ward councillor (Margot Smith) to help you along,” she said.

“I think Tony will be an absolute credit to us.”

Mr Revell received 23.55 per cent of first preference votes – 113 votes more than the next most popular candidate, Raylene Fordham.

After all preferences were distributed, Mr Revell received 62.24 per cent of all votes, ahead of Harry Rosson with 37.76 per cent.

There were 4,531 formal votes and 136 informal votes in the by-election, with a voter turnout of 67.56 per cent.

Voting was compulsory for voters who were on the state roll for this by-election, and state-enrolled voters who did not vote may be fined. Voters aged 70 or older and council-enrolled voters were encouraged to vote but will not be fined if they did not vote.

For the full results, head to vec.vic.gov.au/Results/SurfCoastResult.html