EXPERIENCE and new blood combine to make for a diverse cohort of councillors, ready to come together for a new Bathurst Regional Council term.
The results of the local government election were confirmed on Monday after weeks of counting.
The new councillors, in order of votes, were Ben Fry, Robert 'Stumpy' Taylor, Ian North, Marg Hogan, Kirralee Burke, Graeme Hanger, Jess Jennings, Andrew 'Struthy' Smith, and Warren Aubin.
Four incumbents were re-elected and will be joined by five first-time councillors.
Councillors are feeling positive about the new make-up of council, feeling that the nine can work together cohesively to deliver the best results for the Bathurst community.
"It's great to be back on with such a refreshed council," Cr Jennings said.
"I think it's a great mix and it's a substantial break from the past. I think change was needed and change has come."
Cr Hanger said he was looking forward to the new term.
"It's exciting and I'm sure that five new councillors are all raring to go. There's a big learning curve in front of them, but it's exciting," Cr Hanger said.
"I'm looking forward to working with everybody."
Monday's results also proved the advantage to running on a ticket, with not one, but two tickets managing to get multiple candidates elected.
Cr Fry was the first to pull his number two, Cr Burke, over the line, and he couldn't be prouder of the feat.
"For me, it was obvious that Bathurst wanted a change and has elected a good mix of existing experience, but new, experienced councillors to lead the city in a new direction with a bit more professionalism and integrity," he said.
"It's great to get Kirralee over the line. I was quietly confident we'd get one, but to get her as well, I'm just ecstatic.
"She'll be a very valuable, integral part of working parties, committees and all the like."
The new council will officially meet for the first time on Thursday.
At that meeting, which is scheduled for 4.30pm, the councillors will have the task of electing a mayor and deputy mayor.
The mayor's job is a two-year term, while there is an opportunity to elect a new deputy mayor in 12 months' time.
Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting in person, or stream it live online via council's YouTube channel.
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