Tough times ahead for new council
ANDY Ireland has streaked ahead in the polls for the position of mayor of Livingstone Shire and while the voting continues, sitting mayor Bill Ludwig has already conceded defeat, writing an open letter to community members.
The tally for the six councillor positions currently has Pat Eastwood leading the poll with 12,485, Glenda Mather 12,007, Adam Belot 11,562, Nigel Hutton 10,590, Andrea Friend 9811 and Tanya Lynch with 9393 votes.
Rhodes Watson is close behind the frontrunners with 9349 votes.
While the sixth place at the table is still sitting precariously between Tanya Lynch and Rhodes Watson, Ms Lynch said life would go on regardless of the end tally.
“I worked very hard during the campaign in the lead up to the election and I am very proud of what I have achieved,” she said.
“I have enjoyed spending time with the other candidates throughout the campaign and getting to know more people within our shire.
“Whoever wins, I hope they do our shire proud.
“We have some very hard times ahead with the economic repercussions of restrictions enforced to slow the spread of coronavirus.
“So whether I am elected or not, I wish everyone all the very best as we move forward.”
Livingstone vote tally up to Thursday April 2, 3pm
Councillors – 73.65 per cent of the vote counted
Pat Eastwood – 12,485
Glenda Mather – 12,007
Adam Belot – 11,562
Nigel Hutton – 10,590
Andrea Friend – 9811
Tanya Lynch – 9393
Rhodes Watson – 9349
Leah Grice – 8923
Stephen Bird – 7170
Leo Honek – 5526
Matthew Peach – 5058
Scott Tarratt – 4950
Kieth Sully – 3517
Athol Keanalley – 2698
Mike Decman – 2414
Mayor – 77.78 per cent of the vote counted
Andy Ireland – 9251
Bill Ludwig – 8229
Lynelle Burns – 2492