FOURTEEN nominations had been received for Wellington Shire Council, necessitating elections in October.
Nominations closed at noon Tuesday, with the random draw conducted by computer for the order of candidates on the ballot paper held after 2pm.
Seven of the current nine councillors re-nominated, with only Leo O’Brien and Beth Ripper not contesting for business and personal reasons.
Current mayor Peter Cleary, and Crs Gregg Cook, Scott Rossetti, Jane Hildebrant, Jeff Amos, Malcolm Hole and Darren McCubbin have nominated, as have Maffra resident John Duncan, Cowwarr resident and former City of Sale councillor Carolyn Crossley, Sale residents Patrick McIvor, David Strauss, Emilie Davine and Steve Boyce, and former Wellington Shire councillor Bob Wenger from Robertsons Beach.
All nine places on council, representing the entire shire, not individual wards, are up for election.
The election will be conducted by post with ballot packs mailed out from October 9.
Votes are due back to the returning officer by 6pm on Friday, October 26.
Election candidates – in order on the ballot paper:
Steven BOYCE – Sale
Scott ROSSETTI* – Sale
Bob WENGER – Robertsons Beach
Malcolm HOLE* – Heyfield
Gregg COOK* – Maffra
David STRAUSS – Sale
Jeff AMOS* – Yarram
Darren McCUBBIN* – Longford
Patrick McIVOR – Sale
Jane HILDEBRANT* – Briagolong
Carolyn CROSSLEY – Cowwarr
Peter CLEARY* – Briagolong
Emilie DAVINE – Sale
John DUNCAN – Maffra
(* indicates incumbent councillor)