New Livingstone councillor, Adam Belot before heading off from Great Keppel Island to Yeppoon on a kayak on election day.
New Livingstone councillor, Adam Belot before heading off from Great Keppel Island to Yeppoon on a kayak on election day. contributed

Long hard battle for council ends in Adam Belot’s favour

JUST as life imitates art, so too did Adam Belot's paddle from Great Keppel Island to Yeppoon imitate his election outcome.

Belot paddled the 20kms on election day in a battle that almost proved too tough.

He said he almost collapsed from the effort and he had real doubts he would make it.

Likewise, he almost gave up on the vote count as the battle for the final sixth councillor swayed between him and Hannah Colley.

"That feeling of being so close, yet still so far, was painfully loud and clear on the horizon," he said.

But Belot did make it back to shore.

And he did make it on to the Livingstone Shire Council, just 184 votes clear of Ms Colley.

"I am extremely relieved and appreciative to have been elected…now it's time to unite and move ahead," he said.

Belot was one of four inexperienced councillors to get the nod.

"Like so many first-time candidates, the election is an experience that won't be forgotten.

"The conduct and attitudes of everyone involved was outstanding, and gave one a real sense of togetherness and community."

A former Yeppoon State High School student, he has adopted the school's motto, To Work and To Serve.

"My goal is to now serve and represent the Shire of Livingstone," he said.

The Livingstone Council

Mayor

Cr Bill Ludwig

Councillors

Cr Glenda Mather

Cr Tom Wyatt

Graham Scott

Jan Kelly

Nigel Hutton

Adam Belot



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