The Greens will have a seat on the next Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) after the election count was finalised today.

Greens lead candidate Katrina Willis was elected fourth on the 11-person council which includes six women in a major change for QPRC.

“I am thrilled to be joining this refreshed council which has both a majority of women and a progressive political outlook,” Ms Willis said.

“I’m looking forward to working hard to build on the efforts of former Greens Councillor Peter Marshall and deliver on our commitments including to advance climate action, protect our environment, genuine engagement and looking after all of our towns, villages and rural districts.

“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for The Greens, whether a long-term supporter or a new one, putting your trust in our optimistic platform for a better future and a respectful relationship with the natural world that sustains us.

“I’d also like to congratulate the other candidates who were successful and recognise all those who put themselves forward for election but missed out. Our democracy is stronger when more of us participate, and that includes standing for election.”

Council will meet in January, to elect a mayor, deputy and chairs of committees, and for its first regular business meeting.