Hansen tops the votes

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GLADSTONE City Council welcomes its newest councillor today. Rick Hansen galloped into first place at the weekend by-election.

And he hasn't been able to keep the smile off his face since he heard the news he was leading the count on Saturday evening.

"I am so excited at winning the seat,'' he smiled.

"The community has served me well so now it's my time to do something for the community.''

The first issue Mr Hansen wants to tackle is the lack of aged care in Gladstone.

"We need to look at all our future planning to see if it fits with what we want to do,'' he said.

"Roads are also a major issue.

"We need to form strategic partnerships with all levels of government to get our road infrastructure prioritised.''

The other issue for Mr Hansen is the shortage of medical specialists in the area.

"I would like to have this issue pushed further up the agenda,'' he said.

However, he acknowledged that first he would have to go to a few council meetings and learn a little bit before he would be comfortable tackling the tough issues.

Mr Hansen congratulated the other four candidates.

"I would also like to especially thank all the helpers who were at the polling booths handing out how-to-vote cards.

They did a fabulous job standing in the boiling sun for most of the day.''

Mayor Peter Corones congratulated Mr Hansen on his win and welcomed him to the team.

"The people have spoken,'' he said.

"Rick has won with an outstanding majority and I look forward to working with him and to his contributions to council.

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