FORGING a strong bond for the betterment of the Penola and Coonawarra district will be the focus of Wattle Range Council Riddoch Ward representatives Dean Burrow and Rick Paltridge.
Incumbent councillor Mr Burrow was re-elected to the ward alongside Mr Paltridge – a Penola farmer – who secured 311 first preference votes in his first local government election campaign.
The two councillors will form part of the new-look Wattle Range representation headed by Mayor Des Noll, who edged out prominent businessman Dennis Muhovics in the mayoral race.
Mr Paltridge said he looked forward to representing Riddoch Ward alongside Mr Burrow over the next four years.
“The amount of support I received from the community was very