COMMENT: A big promise to keep

DESPITE this by-election being very much a two-horse race between sitting councillors, the voters have sent a message: they want change from this council.

Enough votes got scattered around the non-sitting candidates to send that message loudly and clearly.

Andrew Antoniolli certainly laboured the point throughout his campaign and no doubt it helped him pick up some votes, particularly from those who wanted someone with experience but looking to change the way this council does things.

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We'll certainly wait with eagerness to see how Cr Antoniolli puts this promise into action over the coming months.

And it will be make or break for our new mayor.

With only two and half years before we head back to the polls for the next local government election, the promise of openness and transparency will be in the forefront of all of our minds.