Chance for election race runner-up to join council
ONE of the frontrunners in last year's local government election could be made a Southern Downs councillor if a position is vacated by mid-March.
LNP pre-selection candidates for the Southern Downs Cameron Gow and Jo McNally have reportedly vowed to resign immediately from their roles as councillors if they win the candidacy for the state seat.
According to the Local Government Act 2009, the person who came ninth in last year's count could fill the vacancy left by either Cr Gow or Cr McNally if they resign from council prior to March 18 - the day before the date of the previous election.
This could mean council pest management officer Craig Magnussen is elevated to join the council rather than a by-election being held at an estimated cost of $250,000 to ratepayers.
Queensland councillors can legally remain on a local council up until the time they are voted into State Parliament.
The LNP is expected to finalise their candidate by postal plebiscite by early March.
A date for the next state election is yet to be called by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.