Party politics for wine area

CESSNOCK councillor Cordelia Burcham said the city's group of pseudo independents were out and true politics had returned to Cessnock City Council.

Cr Burcham was just knocked out of contention for mayor with the poll declared yesterday, with Country Labor's Bob Pynsent the winner.

Cr Pynsent agreed that the council would have a stronger direction with the two major political parties on board.

"The Liberals have committed to working with us so we have a robust majority of councillors who are looking at the economic development of the local government area positively, "Cr Pynsent said.

"When you get a number of independents, things can get fragmented so we are looking towards certainty and these are exciting times for Cessnock," he said.

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Cr Burcham said her Liberal team had done particularly well in the Labor stronghold, ousting local government veteran and former mayor Alison Davey and independents Rachel Main and Neil Gorman.

"The Libs are here in force, here in numbers and we are the viable option for the first time ever in Cessnock," Cr Burcham said.

Cr Burcham won back her seat and will join newcomers and Liberal team members Bryce Gibson, Rod Doherty and Suellen Wrightson.

"Party politics is back in Cessnock and overwhelmingly it's what the people wanted," Cr Burcham said.

Cr Burcham said Cr Pynsent would make a good mayor and said he was a great competitor.

Cr Pynsent said one of his first jobs would be to contact the new owner of the Hunter Economic Zone to speak about developing the site.

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