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McNally, Bartley the tips for deputy

Cr Jo McNally.
Cr Jo McNally.

IT WILL be a decision between a wealth of experience and letting the numbers speak for themselves when the new council gathers in the chambers for the first time on Monday to decide who'll sit beside Mayor-elect Peter Blundell.

Killarney's Cr Ross Bartley - who openly said from the outset he would nominate himself and polled second highest of the councillors - yesterday said he still intended to put his hand up.

He said he wasn't aware of any other councillors considering a tilt but it wasn't out of the question.

"(The other councillors) are keeping their cards reasonably close to the chest. We'll just have to wait and see what happens - it will be brought to the table on Monday," Cr Bartley said.

Cr Jo McNally, from Warwick, previously told the Daily News she would consider going for the position but was unavailable for comment yesterday to confirm if this was still the case.

Cr Bartley has a few years experience on Cr McNally, who was voted in at a by-election mid last term, but she won the favour of the voters, polling the highest.

Cr Blundell has previously said he thought it would be a good idea to have his understudy appointed from the northern end of the region.

Cr Neil Meiklejohn - also from Warwick - agreed the second in charge should come from the north of the region after Stanthorpe's Cr Blundell took out the top job.

"With Ron Bellingham the mayor last term it was most appropriate for Mally (McMurtrie) and Peter (Blundell) as the top polling last time to nominate," he said.

"It helps to provide balance of representation across the region."

But he said he would not be splitting the vote between the five councillors from the northern end of the region.

"I have already indicated to the other councillors I will not be nominating," Cr Meiklejohn said.

"I haven't polled strongly enough.

"I think that Jo (McNally) and Ross (Bartley) are the two standouts."

The special council meeting being held at 9am Monday should determine who sits in the deputy chair for the next four years, but Cr Meiklejohn said it was possible it could take a little longer.

"It could transpire that council doesn't make a decision," he said.

Daily News readers took to our website to weigh in on the deputy mayor debate with Cr Bartley and Cr McNally in equal standing with online posters.

Mayoral candidate Darryl Evans posted he expected Cr McNally to get the job based on the polls, while tiger2 supported Cr Bartley's experience.

Cr Blundell had not returned the Daily News' calls by the time we went to print.

Topics:  council elections, deputy mayor, peter blundell




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