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Newcomer . . . The latest Mataura Licensing Trust board member Alison Cormack is excited to get stuck in to her new role.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Alison Cormack has proved popular in her first bid for the Mataura Licensing Trust board.

Mrs Cormack was the clear front-runner as she won one of three seats for Ward 3 [Gore] in Saturday’s elections.

She received 1455 votes, almost 100 more than incumbent board members Bryan Burgess and Jimmy Allison who retained their seats.

She replaced long-standing member Alan Byrne who was ineligible to stand due to his British citizenship.

She joins Horace McAuley, Jim McAllister, Vince Aynsley, Todd Lyders and Jeannine Cunningham who were unopposed.

Incumbent board member Brendan Murray was re-elected for the Ward 3 [Mataura] seat after beating Yvette Davis by 200 votes.

Mrs Cormack said she was excited with the result and I felt thrilled the public gave her support.

She has been involved in administration of Netball Eastern Southland for the past 38 years and felt it was time to put herself forward for the board.

“To me it’s the next progression of being involved and contributing back to the whole community.”

As a member of the board she expected to gain a better understanding of the projects happening in the area.

“Being involved in the whole community, not just sport but the arts, the groups . . . I’m going to learn so much more about the whole community and seeing what they contribute.”

She is a life member of Netball Eastern Southland, Netball South and is a service award recipient of Netball New Zealand.

The pinnacle of the former international umpire’s career came in 2007 when she officiated at the Netball World Cup in Auckland.

MLT board president Horace McAuley said the board should feel delighted with the introduction of Mrs Cormack.

“Alison will bring the exact growth we accept as an ideal board member given her extensive community involvement.

“She’s a very, very well known electioneer and the wider community and those who put support will I’m sure be delighted with the payback they get.”

The board will have its first meeting tomorrow.