A major shake-up of the Queanbeyan-Palerang Council is expected following the NSW local government elections at the weekend.
Of the eight positions considered won on Monday, six women, including the first Indigenous woman, made the line-up.
Bigambul woman Esma Livermore will represent Labor alongside fellow party member Bryce Wilson, provided early analysis is correct.
Ms Livermore has lived in Queanbeyan for more than 20 years and works in the education program at Reconciliation Australia.
She said climate action at a local government level was an issue she hoped to pursue, along with housing affordability.
"We're a growing population and it's not just affecting Queanbeyan, but Braidwood and Bungendore, too," she said.
Ms Livermore is expected to share the room with an almost entirely new cast in 2022, with Independent Kenrick Winchester the only incumbent councillor currently reelected.
Election analyst Antony Green tipped Cr Winchester as an early shoo-in, ahead of the official announcement in coming weeks.
The two-term councillor has also expressed his intention to replace mayor Tim Overall who announced his retirement in October.
At 38, Cr Winchester was the youngest member of the outgoing council, which included two men in their 70s and the late Peter Bray who was in his 80s when he died last year.
Cr Winchester said a new council would likely see the median age drop significantly in 2022.
"We're also likely to go from having two female and nine male councillors to having five male and six female councillors, which is excellent," he said.
Cr Winchester said internal bickering and alliances had previously prevented the council from getting work done efficiently.
He said the council's general fund was in deficit and better economic management was required to bring it out of the red.
Redirected resources should go into better road maintenance, Mr Winchester said.
"The state of a lot of our roads, sealed or unsealed, is appalling," he said.
"Council touches a whole lot of things within our community and it's important to me that we have the right people in there."
All NSW local council election results will announced on December 20.
The council will vote for its new mayor when it sits for the first time in January.
The COVID delayed election was off to a rocky start on Saturday when problems with the digital voting system meant some users who applied to use the system for the first time were unable to do so.
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