Jo McNally
Jo McNally

Councillors opt for election tilt

RATE rises, natural disasters and amalgamation upshots - our councillors have seen a lot in their three-and-a-half year term and most have indicated they'd like to put their hat back in the ring.

Four councillors - Ross Bartley, Jo McNally, Neil Meiklejohn and Vic Pennisi - have said they will contest the next council election next March.

A further three, Mally McMurtrie, Cameron Gow and Denise Ingram, said they were still undecided, but indicated they were leaning towards running again.

Neither option of running for mayor or councillor was out for Cr McMurtrie, but she said she would wait to "see how things are" after welcoming a new grandchild and talks with her husband.

Mayor Ron Bellingham said he "wasn't ready to respond" to questions about whether he'd run again and deputy mayor Peter Blundell said he was "weighing up" the decision and didn't have an answer either.

Cr Bartley said his 11 years experience in council would give him a solid foundation for another term, while Cr Jo McNally said after just 18 months in the job she wanted to continue what she started.

Cr Pennisi said he had a "moral obligation" to run again, having a "fair bit to offer the community" and Cr Meiklejohn said he thought there was still a way to go "in terms of bringing the community together".

Before making their decisions public, Cr Gow will talk with his family, but said he was "leaning towards" running again, while Cr Ingram said she would "probably like to stand again" but would weigh up the costs.

All council elections in Queensland are held at the same time every four years without the option of "going early".



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