The votes are in

A mix of fresh blood and seasoned leaders will take a seat on Latrobe City Council following the 2016 local government election.

Four new faces will appear at council meetings after Sandy Kam, Christine Sindt and former mayor Michael Rossiter were not re-elected.

Dan Clancey and Darren Howe will represent East Ward; Alan McFarlane has claimed a Central Ward spot and Brad Law secured a resounding majority of votes in West Ward.

Former West Ward councillor Peter Gibbons did not stand.

“I think the mix of diverse backgrounds of everybody is going to be good,” Cr Law said.

“It shows with the percentage of votes I got that people wanted some change and I think that’s going to happen.”

Despite 10 women throwing their hat in the ring this election, only two have secured the vote of their respective constituencies.

West Ward’s Sharon Gibson and East Ward’s Kellie O’Callaghan will continue as councillors.

Cr Gibson said she was surprised only two women were elected, but said it was more important the “best person for the job” was voted in.

Cr O’Callaghan, who scored the most first preference votes of her ward, said given this year’s large pool of female candidates the question of diversity was important.

“We really do need to be a reflection of the communities we represent,” Cr O’Callaghan said.

“The community has selected their candidates and I will, as I have always done, work with my colleagues, women