Livingstone Shire Council set to be business as usual

LIVINGSTONE Shire Council will continue with business as usual this week and into the next four-year term.

As postal votes continue to roll in over the next 10 days, the initial count suggests the original six candidates and mayor Bill Ludwig are set to continue in their positions.

Councillor veteran Glenda Mather said while she could not remember how many local government elections she had run in, she was not disappointed to come in fifth on the list of six.

"At this point I don't think the figures will change an awful lot, I am fifth on the line of six," she said.

"I would have liked some new blood and there were some really good candidates among the others, I would think they would have fitted in quite nicely, they all have a contribution to make and they are all worthy candidates.

"You're never confident because the mood of the people changes and there has been some skulduggery going on.

"You would hope people behind the scenes are leading a good clean campaign and it's not always the case.

"I've had the highest vote for four campaigns but there is not a lot between us."

Ms Mather said a high percentage of informal votes had an impact on the running tally with many voters only selecting one candidate instead of six.

"There were a whole lot of blanks, quite a substantial number and that's disappointing," she said.

"There were a number of ballot papers with just one on it so they're all invalid which is a bit sad because people have lost their opportunity."

Cr Adam Belot said the potential victory was extra sweet for him personally, shooting to the top of the councillor list with the most votes compared to sixth place at the last election.

"Last time I waited nine days to finish effectively in the lowest position (so it is) very encouraging however to finish higher up the ranks so to be leading at this point in time is extremely rewarding and satisfying," he said.

"It's certainly encouraging to see the six councillors are going to be returned and that really reflects the community's attitude to the council as a whole in returning the mayor and the six councillors.

"It shows a solidarity from the people to the councillors that nobody has catapulted ahead and a tight finish that I would believe reflect the community is essentially happy with the team as a whole.

"The champion team will always be a team full of champions and I think we've got a champion team here."

Contender Chris McJannett said while unsuccessful at this election, he would not be deterred to run against in the next term.

"I think that's the reality for all of us who put our hands up; we decided we wanted to get involved because we wanted to have a say in the future of our community so I don't think it will be the last you hear of any of the candidates to be honest."



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