RANKED number one at the polls for first-preference votes, Cabonne Council's incumbent Mayor, Kevin Beatty, secured 1370 votes from Saturday's in-person votes; pinning down another term on council before the rest of the votes are in.
Leading two from two consecutive terms as front-runner at the polls - one in 2017 and now in 2021 - Cr Beatty said it was an excellent result to see and felt honoured to be in the same position for the second time running.
"It's excellent, it's a really good feeling that the people of Cabonne have put their confidence in me," Cr Beatty said.
"It's very humbling and I thank them for it".
Though the votes are still rolling in from online iVote, postal and early votes, Cr Beatty is anticipating an action-packed term ahead, regardless of the mayoral outcome once council is formally announced.
"I'm looking forward to working with the rest of council when the votes are in and the candidates are confirmed ... then the real work can begin."
Given the current circumstances with COVID-19 cases regularly emerging in the town, Cr Kevin Beatty has also urged Cabonne residents to "remain vigilant" with COVID surveillance testing in the lead-up to the holiday period and guided people of Cabonne to continue following direction from Western NSW Local Health District.
"Remain vigilant, everyone," Cr Beatty added.
"Keep the appropriate distance apart from one another when you're in town and get tested if you've got any symptoms or if you believe you've been a casual or close contact with another resident.
"Our testing's still there at the pop-up clinic at the [Old] Railway Station, and - even when the numbers decline - we're still set up to take the right steps for ongoing testing at the hospital as well.
"There are a lot of people that have been doing the right thing by coming forward for testing and staying at home to wait for results.
"Keep wearing masks and using the check-in points wherever you're visiting; if we can keep maintaining those right steps, we'll get on top of it again, Molong."