By-election nominations open

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

NOMINATIONS are open for the upcoming Gladstone City Coun- cil by-election and it is looking to be a hotly contested election. Several names have already been put forward in what will be a tight challenge.

Viv Pengelly, Rick Hansen and Julie Ingra are all throwing their hats in the ring.

Stephen Mills has yet to make a decision but is seriously con- sidering running again for the position. The vacancy has arisen due to the recent resignation of councillor Kim Norton.

Kim Norton who served on the council since March 2000, has resigned to pursue personal and professional opportunities on the Sunshine Coast.

Pengelly, who ran for mayor during last council election, is going to have a tilt for the va- cancy.

More infrastructure support for the city is the platform Pen- gelly will be pushing.

'Better planning and support for all areas in Gladstone is needed,' Mr Pengelly said.

Also under the rules of the original election, anyone run- ning for mayor is not able to run for a position of councillor, how- ever under by-election rules, Mr Pengelly is eligible.

Local business man and sports identity Rick Hansen is also having another go for the position, wanting to build a bet- ter relationship between the community and council.

'Having a transparent pro- cess for decision-making will as- sist in building a relationship where the council listens to the community,' Mr Hansen said.

Long-term resident Julie In- gra is pushing for council repre- sentation. "I will be for the whole of the community and I have the privi- lege of knowing all walks of life,'' Ms Ingra said. Previous long-term councillor Stephen Mills is undecided if he is going to stand for office.

'I am still considering it, I have been asked by a number of older Gladstonians to run for of- fice,' Mr Mills said.

The previous election was a close-run event with Stephen Mills receiving 6284 votes and Rick Hansen 6135.

Anyone interested in nomi- nating can do so by going to the council office at Goondoon Street.

Nominations close at midday on January 25.



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