Coun­cil cliffhanger

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Madi­son Wil­liams

COUNT­ING of votes for the fi­nal two seats on the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil con­tin­ued this week and as of the Gazette’s dead­line last night still in­volved a nail-bait­ing wait for three can­di­dates as the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion Queens­land (ECQ) con­sid­ered an ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­count.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was re­ceived yes­ter­day, af­ter the fi­nal tally showed 2286 votes for in­cum­bent David Carey, 2271 votes for Michael Kerr and 2263 votes for Peter McKe­own.

With these num­bers Carey and Kerr are po­si­tioned to take the fi­nal two seats, but with a po­ten­tial re­count loom­ing the com­po­si­tion of the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil is still up in the air.

ECQ As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Car­rick Brough yes­ter­day con­firmed that a can­di­date had filed the for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion.

“This re­quest will be con­sid­ered by the Elec­toral Com­mis- sioner and a de­ci­sion will be com­mu­ni­cated this af­ter­noon or to­mor­row morn­ing,” said Brough.

If the re­quest is ap­proved the shire may have to wait un­til Fri­day to gain con­fir­ma­tion on the fi­nal two coun- cil­lors. Al­though they haven’t been of­fi­cially sworn in Roy Zam­mataro and Abi­gail Noli run lit­tle risk of los­ing their seats, all sit­ting on a com­fort­able lead.

Ju­lia Leu has been of­fi­cially re­turned as mayor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.