Two fresh faces on Bourke Shire Council


Bourke’s two new councillors, Grace Ridge and Nathan Ryan, are both well-known locals. PHOTOS SUPPLIED/TWH

The new Bourke Shire Council has been decided – without a vote being cast.

The local government elections will be held on December 4 and nominations closed on Wednesday, November 3.

But with just ten people nominating for ten seats, there was no requirement for the election to go to the polls.

Two councillors have stepped down, making way for two new faces.

Ian Cole and John Thompson did not re-nominate, and the two new candidates are well known locals, Nathan Ryan, and Grace Ridge.

Nathan Ryan is a born and bred local who worked for the council for much of his adult life. He has a passion for his town and said he nominated to be on council to give back to his community.

Nathan said his belief was that in local government ‘everyone has a seat at the table’.

Grace Ridge is also well known in Bourke for her past role as a Rural Resilience counsellor, helping people during the drought. She said she stepped up to be a councillor to represent people who live on properties outside town, who she said, are sometimes overlooked.

Both new councillors have already been involved in service to the Bourke community.

Grace is President of the Bourke P&A Show Committee, has reinvigorated the Bourke Show Girl culture, is active with the Bourke and Louth Race Clubs and been selected to represent Australia at an international agricultural show conference, as well as participating in a range of regional community and professional organisations. Grace has actively promoted the role of rural women and young farmers and spoken out for country people on issues such as mental health.


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