Labor will dominate the inaugural Canterbury Bankstown Council with an absolute majority after the Liberal Party's dismal performance in the election on Saturday. Photos: RADIM CECHVALA
THE majority of Canterbury Bankstown's newly elected councillors will be fresh, new faces after Labor's resounding victory over the weekend.
As counting continues, only Canterbury and Revesby Wards remain undecided, with the Greens and Our Local Community (OLC) in an arm wrestle for the final two councillor positions.
Not withstanding the result in those wards, Labor will dominate the inaugural council with an absolute majority after the Liberal Party's dismal performance on Saturday, which many blame on the State Government's forced local government amalgamations and its much-maligned urban renewal project for the area.
Of the 15 positions across the five Canterbury Bankstown wards, Labor is expected to have at least eight councillors, the Liberals, five, and the remainder is a tussle between the Greens and OLC.
Labor will have two councillors, Alex Kuskoff, and Rachelle Harika, in the Bass Hill Ward, with the third position going to the Liberal's Charlie Ishac.
Linda Downey and Steve Tuntevski are expected to take two positions in the Revesby Ward for Labor, with the Liberals' Glen Waud in the third position. However, OLC's Scott Parker and the Greens' James Rooney still remain in contention.
In the Bankstown Ward, Labor have secured two positions, with Khal Asfour and Bilal El-Hayek elected, along with George Zakhia for the Liberal Party.
Mr Asfour says he hopes to gain the city's top job when councillors are sworn in and the positions of mayor and deputy are decided on September 26.
"This is a fantastic result for Labor, and sends a clear message to the NSW Government of the strong opposition to forced council amalgamations and over-development of our area," Mr Asfour said.
Nadia Saleh and Mohammad Huda will be Labor councillors in the Roselands Ward, along with Mohammad Zaman for the Liberal Party.
In the Canterbury Ward, Labor's Clare Raffan and Liberal's Philip Madirazza have been elected, with the third position a battle between the Greens' Linda Eisler and OLC's Jennifer Azzi.
With 28,665 pre-poll votes still to be counted, the makeup of the state's largest populated local government area will not be decided until at least the end of the week.
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