Golder on track for landslide victory
THE majority of the Maranoa's votes have been counted and incumbent mayor Tyson Golder looks set to comfortably secure a second term.
Based on the latest figures from the Queensland Electoral Commission, a total of 51.18 per cent of mayoral votes had been counted, with Cr Golder holding 68.24 per cent of votes.
A total of 4351 formal votes have been counted, of which Cr Golder has secured 2969.
Cr Golder said he had faith in the people of the Maranoa.
"I believed there was a mood to operate locally," he said.
"If the trend continues, things are looking very positive."
As it stands, the other Unity Maranoa candidates who ran as a group with Cr Golder are in a strong position with George Ladbrook, John Birkett, Julie Guthrie and Mark Edwards in the top six council race. There are 33,014 formal votes counted, with Unity Maranoa securing 10,373 of votes.
"I'd like to thank the people of the Maranoa for believing in what we hope to deliver to the region," Cr Golder said.
"First on the agenda is to support the Maranoa through these difficult times and come out on the other side. We need to do what we can locally and get everyone back on their feet.
"In the early stages, it will be more difficult than usual but council wise - members of the community can telephone or email us to address their concerns.
"Things will be restricted for a short time, but we hope to get back on our feet quickly."
Rob Loughnan, hopeful to return to mayor position, had acquired 19.49 per cent of votes, while councillor David Schefe failed to capture much of the vote, with 12.27 per cent, or 534 people who voted for him.
"I am employed as a councillor and fulfilling those duties until the election is declared," Cr Schefe said.