Votes for Livingstone Shire councillors still being counted
COUNTING continued yesterday to determine the six councillors who will take up positions on the new Livingstone Shire Council.
Six hundred postal votes remain outstanding and can be accepted up to 10 days after Saturday's poll.
Bill Ludwig looks set to be declared mayor after holding a 551-vote lead over his nearest challenger, Kay Becker.
Mr Ludwig has 7977 votes (41%), Ms Becker 7426 (38%) and Brian Fisher 3891 (20%).
While no official declaration has been made, both Mr Ludwig and Ms Becker said it was unlikely the outcome would change.
Residents of three other new council areas - Noosa, Mareeba and Douglas (Port Douglas area) - also went to the polls on Saturday.
Twenty-seven candidates were vying for election to the Livingstone council.
With 85% of the vote counted yesterday, the leading candidates were Rockhampton regional councillors Glenda Mather and Tom Wyatt. They were followed by Graham Scott, Jan Kelly, Nigel Hutton and Adam Belot.
Yesterday Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow was confident of a strong working relationship between her city and Livingstone.
"It's important however we put our own community first," she said.
- Livingstone Shire is an area of 11,776.3 square kilometres, with 22,960 enrolled voters.
- It was amalgamated with Rockhampton City, Mount Morgan Shire and Fitzroy Shire in 2008 to form the Rockhampton Regional Council.
- In March 2013, Livingstone residents voted in favour of de-amalgamation.