- North Ward: Lara Symkowiak (Lib), Michael Morrison (Lib), Cindy Cagney (ALP).
- Central Ward: Rob Mills (Ind), Ashleigh Cagney (ALP), Therese Fedeli (Lib)
- South Ward: Eva Campbell (Ind), Paul Farrow (ALP), Peter Sidgreaves (Lib)
The Liberals have lost their majority but still have the largest voting bloc. With Labor and Eva Campbell unlikely to do deals with the Liberals, at least over the vote for mayor, it is likely that Rob Mills has become the man of the moment who will be wooed by all the councillors and those outside.
We also have four inexperienced councillors going for their first term - Ashleigh Cagney, Paul Farrow, Rob Mills and Michael Morrison.
Paul Farrow brings some political nous through his work as National Officer for the Australian Workers Union but Ashleigh Cagney (who ran unsuccessfully for Camden Council in 2012), Rob Mills and Michael Morrison are all novices.
As the only independent in this group, Rob Mills is probably seen as an easy target for parties seeking sway in the council. The Liberals in particular will be working hard to woo him into their fold, because with his vote they will again have a majority.
With the developments to come through the south west growth area and the huge population explosion due for Camden, it is vital in the next term that party politics are put aside and the transparency of council processes improved. if nothing else, this web page will be following this council over the next four years. Watch this website over the coming weeks as we swing its focus to the whole council.
An interesting footnote to this election is how little there was in the way of preference swaps in the final count. Had certain parties teamed up on preferences we could have seen a very different result in South and Central Ward. That may only be a brief reprieve. I suspect now party politics has come to Camden, we will see preferences play a much greater role at the next election.