LIBERAL Party-endorsed candidates across the three Camden Council wards have been resoundingly elected to the new council.
Sitting councillors Lara Symkowiak and Debby Dewbery and newcomer Therese Fedeli all reported strong support for the Liberal Party at polling booths across the local government area on Saturday.
"A lot of people were saying to me they wished this was the federal election," Cr Dewbery said. "There was a swing to the Liberals and you can see that throughout NSW."
Cr Symkowiak said she had not expected to poll as well as she did, scooping more than 45 per cent of first preference votes in North Ward. "I'm happy all the hard work paid off and our messages resounded well with people."
All three candidates said despite concerns from the community and other candidates they would not be compelled to vote on Liberal Party lines.
"We are our own people on council," Cr Symkowiak said. "We won't necessarily vote together all the time. Liberal head office has never picked up the phone and said "You will vote this way".'
Mrs Fedeli dismissed the suggestion as "ridiculous". She encouraged residents to call her with their problems and concerns.
Cr Symkowiak said she, Cr Dewbery and Mrs Fedeli would all work hard for the community.
"Debby and I as returning councillors hope to continue that hard work and work with all the councillors.
"We are here to represent the concerns of residents and stand up for residents. We are not just here to tick the boxes."