Brunker contests new seat
WHITSUNDAY councillor Mike Brunker would force a by-election if his push to win the state seat of McMaster for the Labor Party was successful.
Cr Brunker was critical of former councillor Kevin Collins when he forced a by-election by resigning in 2014, but he said his situation was completely different.
“I’m certainly not just resigning and going to put my feet up in the hammock. I want to take our issues... advance them into the state. I’m trying to better our position,” he said.
Before being elected a Whitsunday Regional Councillor last year, Cr Brunker served a long and colourful career as mayor of the Bowen Shire and Whitsunday Regional councils for 17 years.
He has made headlines over his involvement in a fist fight with a turf club president and council’s handling of finances, for which it was cleared of wrongdoing.
Cr Brunker also unsuccessfully ran against George Christensen for the federal seat of Dawson in 2010 while taking a leave of absence as Whitsunday mayor, which is what he plans to do when the state election comes up.
RUNNING: Mike Brunker will run for McMaster at the next state election.