Council considers poll
GLADSTONE region voters may not be heading to polling booths for the by-election to replace retiring Mayor George Creed, who handed in his resignation earlier this week.
Council's chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said the wheels were in motion to organise the by-election, with council advertising for an independent returning officer to run the by-election, and council also considering using a postal voting system only for the ballot.
“It would reduce the costs by 50 per cent,” he said.
Mr Kanofski said the returning officer applications were due mid-next week and an appointment expected by the end of next week, along with a decision on how Gladstone residents would vote.
He said the returning officer would then declare a closing date for enrolments and then call for nominations for the vacant mayoral position.
“Once they open, the returning officer will advise of the polling date,” Mr Kanofski said.
He said it would be on one of the last two Saturdays in November.
Mr Kanofski said any of the sitting councillors could nominate for the mayoral position, and if unsuccessful, they would retain their councillor positions.
He said in the event one of the current sitting councillors was to be elected mayor, their councillor position would not need to go to another by-election.
Mr Kanofski said instead of an election, council would advise all unsuccessful candidates from the previous election that the position was vacant and call for expressions of interest through advertisements.
He said then, in an open council meeting, sitting councillors and the mayor would decide who would be the replacement councillor and pass a motion.