Former member of State Parliament Michael Pengilly has won the position of Kangaroo Island mayor by a clear majority.
According to Kangaroo Island Council election liaison officer Gerard Snowball, provisional results for the councillors as of 5pm on Saturday, November 10 were that Peter Denholm, Ken Liu, Shirley Pledge and Sharon Kauppila are in on the first round.
“Sam Mumford should go through in the next round with a battle then on between Turner, Teasdale, Taylor, Irwin, Walkom, Hayward, Harris, Budarick, Ricketts, Riggs, Irwin-Oak, Chirgwin, Anderson and Veitch,” Mr Snowball said.
The mayoral votes were fully counted at the KI Council chambers on Saturday morning, and by early afternoon the votes were announced as 1480 to Michael Pengilly and 765 votes for incumbent mayor Peter Clements.
Any council candidate who receives 10 per cent or more of the total vote could be declared a provisional winner, unless there was a dispute, while margins less than that would be determined by preferences.
Election officials received 2310 ballots, being 65.88 per cent return. This is the highest return since the amalgamation of the two councils in 1996.
Mr Pengilly was attending the Parndana Show when the news came through of the vote count.
“I thank Peter for the competition and his efforts,” he said. “But I detected a strong mood for change during the course of the year and this was born out in the incredible number of votes.”
He said he would be watching the councillor vote tally with interest but the full council would not be known until later next week.
Mr Clements said he was looking forward to getting back to his normal life and consultancy business.
“I’ll be happy to get my life back after eight years as mayor that rules your life almost completely, financially and time wise,” he said.
He wished Mr Pengilly good luck in the future.
“Hopefully Michael will have a strong and well-balanced council for the sake of the Island,” he said.
Mr Pengilly meanwhile was former councillor for Dudley District Council, Kingscote District Council, and then Kangaroo Island Council, including mayor from 2003 to 2006.
He served as the Member for Finniss from 2006 to 2018, representing the Liberal Party.