AFTER GRAPPLING for 12 months with an understaffed council, the Liverpool Plains will now field a full bench after voters spoke at the polling booth.
Four fresh faces will join three re-elected councillors to make up the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC).
Donna Lawson, Terry Cohen, Yvonne Wynne and Jason Allan will make their council debut alongside seasoned veterans Doug Hawkins, Kenneth Cudmore and Paul Moules.
Securing 21.8 per cent of votes newcomer Donna Lawson was the favourite among Liverpool Plains residents.
As an accountant and keen volunteer, Quirinidi's Cr Lawson told the Leader one of her top priorities was to ensure the responsible spending of council's budget.
"There's been a bit of a disconnect between council and the community," she said.
With Cr Lawson on board, Liverpool Plains residents can also hope to see an increase in the shire's population and focus on smaller communities with these issues high on her list.
With community satisfaction for the LPSC dropping by 42 per cent since 2009, Cr Terry Cohen and Cr Jason Allan said improving engagement with residents was at the front of their minds.
Cr Cohen said to ensure council would be transparent, open and free, he would be focused on increasing communication with association bodies and small community clusters.
"[Residents] should have easy access to us as councillors, to be able to bring their dreams along to us," he said,
"We're there to serve the community."
Despite standing for election as a voice for the local Aboriginal community, Cr Allan said after learning the ins-and-outs of local government he would be a pillar for everyone in the Liverpool Plains area.
"I think it was time that the Liverpool Plains needed a voice from a different direction," he said.
When asked about his top priority Cr Allan said improving transparency was high on his agenda.
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