Premier congratulates Strelow on Rocky election 'victory'

1pm: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has congratulated  Margaret Strelow on her "victory" in the Rockhampton Regional Council mayoral election but the incumbent said at 12.30pm today the result still wasn't official.

Cr Strelow, who looks almost certain to win a fourth term with a healthy lead over her only challenger  Michael McMillan late in the count, said the Premier's call was very welcome after a tough campaign

"The Premier said congratulations, looking forward to working with you," Cr Strelow said about the phone call from the premier.

But  she wasn't declaring victory "not at this stage".

"I'm not claiming it yet, I'm happy to let it run its course."

If she wins as is expected,  Cr Strelow said she was looking forward  to getting on with the business of running the region as soon as possible.

5am: MARGARET Strelow will head to work this morning as usual, and it looks like she won't be packing up her desk.

The incumbent mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council was nearly 3000 votes ahead of her nearest rival, Michael McMillan, as of 5pm Sunday.

Yesterday, Ms Strelow said she had family keeping an eye on the vote count, but by the evening didn't believe there would be much change from the official results.

"I reckon by mid-morning (today) the vote will be fundamentally finished," Ms Strelow said.

Ms Strelow will today wait for her rival candidate Mr McMillan to concede defeat or the counting finishes.

Ms Strelow said it was a wonderful result so far and especially for the councillors, with a majority of them expected to step back into their roles.

Team McMillan's Drew Wickerson is expected to take the Division 6 role, after Greg Belz retired.

And Division 7 is too close to call with Stephen Schwarten and Donna Kirkland neck and neck.

"The beauty of having the same council return is that we just get to keep going," Ms Strelow said.

"When you have a significant amount of new councillors it's right and proper to go back over the sort of things you have been working on and the training required to understand the legislation."

But if the majority of the former council returns, they will start where they left off, with a few key projects on their minds.

"We've already been working towards the riverbank development, and stage two needs to be started promptly," Ms Strelow said.

"The CBD revitalisation and smart way forward are a number of projects around innovation and technology, and there's exciting news to come on those projects."

And the budget will be the next big issue to tackle with only a few months to go.

"We're surprisingly close to the next budget, I left as much open as possible for possibly a new mayor to make changes, so that can now move on and get that work done," Ms Strelow said.

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