Jo McRae elected deputy mayor after marathon vote and draw from hat | Video

Orange City Council’s sole female councillor has been elected deputy mayor, by a whisker.

Joanne McRae’s name was drawn out of the box after she tied six votes-all with fellow councillor Glenn Taylor.

Councillors Kevin Duffy, Scott Munro, Tony Mileto and Jason Hamling also nominated and were excluded in a series of votes, which took about half an hour.

Cr McRae said she felt excited and hoped to set an example other women could aspire to.