Council ready to hit the road

Our new, or not so new, councillors are set to take their seats – but will it be a bumpy ride?
Our new, or not so new, councillors are set to take their seats – but will it be a bumpy ride?

THE wheels on the bus officially started turning yesterday, with the final councillor head count declared.

And it won't be long until they get back to business.

Councillor Ross Bartley said councillors had been summoned to the council chambers next Monday for what he believed would be their induction.

"It's normally a public affair because some family members like to come along," he said.

While the trend was set early on, surprise exclusion John Randall still held out hope until the majority of the votes were counted.

Mr Randall said he would ramp up his consultancy work with a commute to Brisbane for a couple of days a week.

"I started from the back row because of conflict with council, but I was happy I came in ninth," he said.

Mr Randall didn't discount standing again if there was a by-election in this term.

"At this stage, yes I would," he said.

Jo McNally topped the polls (11436), followed by; Ross Bartley (11299), Cameron Gow (9684), Vic Pennisi (9556), Neil Meiklejohn (9120), Jamie Mackenzie (9063), Denise Ingram (8858) and Glyn Rees (8442).

Mayor-elect Peter Blundell was unavailable for comment at time of print.

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