From the editor's desk
ANDREW Willcox’s comparison between the Whitsunday Regional Council mayoral race to last year’s NRL grand final golden point is a pretty amusing one.
I watched the Cowboys vs Broncos showdown in an Airlie Beach pub back in October, and I have to say the results of the council election is a far cry from the nail-biting cliff-hanger that was Johnathan Thurston’s moment of glory.
I’ve been watching with interest (though not quite on the edge of my seat like when the ball was handed to Thurston during the golden point) the snail’s pace election results on the Electoral Commission website.
We spoke to likely Division 6 councillor Mike Brunker this week who was similarly frustrated at the delay in declaring a winner, tipping it would stretch the full 10 days post-polling day allowed before a new mayor and council was officially announced.
The question on everyone’s lips is a fair one: Why?
Why, when other electorates have already had their new council declared and victory parties have all been cleaned up, is it taking so long for the Whitsundays?
As Brunker said, it would be understandable if the difference was that of 20 or 30 votes – but 2112?
Is it because they’re still to count more votes from the southern end of the electorate that would tip the scale in Jenny Whitney’s favour? Is there a stack of postal and declaration votes that could change the outcome?
We’re not getting many answers from ECQ but you can rest assure we will continue to ask them over the coming days.
Keep an eye on whitsundaytimes.com .au for any updates – when we officially know who our new mayor is, you will too.