Bartley hits the front in poll
STRONG reader interest continues in our online poll asking which councillors you would re-elect if a local government election were held now.
As of last night, Cr Ross Bartley was leading the field, followed by Mayor Ron Bellingham.
The poll follows our story last week in which reporter Emma Channon surveyed our sitting councillors and asked them about their plans to run in the next election.
The election is due to be held by the end of March next year and speculation has started as to who from outside council might be planning to throw their hat into the ring.
Four sitting councillors - Ross Bartley, Jo McNally, Neil Meiklejohn and Vic Pennisi - have said they will contest the 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" on whether he'd run again and deputy mayor Peter Blundell said he was "weighing up" the decision and didn't have an answer either.
All council elections in Queensland are held at the same time every four years, without the option of "going early".