Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett delivered the 2019-20 council budget at Gladstone Regional Council Chambers on 17 July 2019.
Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett delivered the 2019-20 council budget at Gladstone Regional Council Chambers on 17 July 2019. Matt Taylor GLA170719BUDGET

Burnett's win in tough personal campaign

UPDATE 11AM: 

RETURNING Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett says he is happy with the election result as it showed confidence in not only his leadership, but also the incumbent councillors.

With 73 per cent of the vote counted and opposition Michael Fearns conceding, Cr Burnett was happy to claim victory for the election.

"At the end of the day the community have spoken," Cr Burnett said.

"I wish (Michael Fearns) all the best in whatever he chooses to do."

He complimented Mr Fearns on his civil campaign and said he had been nice throughout.

At 29.27 per cent of the vote counted, councillors Glenn Churchill, Kahn Goodluck, Rick Hansen, Natalia Muszkat, Desley O'Grady and Chris Trevor all look set to keep their seats.

Cr Burnett said he was fairly confident newcomers Darryl Branthwaite and Chris Cameron would be the ones to join the table, but said it was too early to call who would take the deputy mayor position.

It was a tough few weeks in the lead-up to the election for Cr Burnett as his dad passed away in the middle of campaigning.

"My dad was my number one campaigner," Cr Burnett said.

"He was the one who put all my signs up and he was the one who would be at Kin Kora polling booths first thing in the morning.

"He'll be happy with the result."

Cr Burnett thanked his family and close friend Shelly Holzheimer for their support through the campaign.


UPDATE 10.30AM: 

"The battle might be over, but the war has just started." 

Mayoral candidate Michael Fearns has officially conceded defeat in his bid to be Gladstone mayor, however his campaign against the incumbent Matt Burnett is far from over. 

Mr Fearns said he was surprised by how many people did vote for Cr Burnett.

"I keep hearing the statement well we know Matt," Mr Fearns said. 

"It's rather strange, better the devil you think you know."

He said he basically conceded on Saturday evening. 

"It looks like they're going to end up with the old block voting system we had last time," he said. 

"Every decision was the mayor's decision and his merry troops."

Mr Fearns declared he would continue to campaign against Cr Burnett and do "whatever it takes". 

"I'm not happy that he's the mayor," Mr Fearns said. 

Cr Burnett has been contacted for comment.

 

UPDATE 9.00AM:

COUNTING the votes from this year's local government election continues today with 29.27 per cent counted so far for the Gladstone Regional Council.

Incumbent mayor Matt Burnett is set to claim victory with 21420 votes compared to opponent Michael Fearns with 7638 and 73.03 per cent counted.

Here's how the council candidates are tracking so far.

BEALE, Kyle (Ocka)

 

4.75

BRANTHWAITE, Darryl

 

6.94

CAMERON, Chris

 

5.57

CHURCHILL, Glenn

 

6.66

EARNSHAW, Gordon

 

2.13

FLEMING, Phil

 

3.94

GLEIXNER, Dominique

 

3.28

GOODLUCK, Kahn

 

7.65

HANSEN, Rick

 

5.79

KEATING, Janine

 

4.20

MAY, Lorraine (Lori)

 

4.00

MCAULLAY, Mick

 

3.55

MCLACHLAN, Mark

 

3.54

MUSZKAT, Natalia

 

7.00

O'GRADY, Desley

 

6.17

PUKU, Jordan Ryan

 

2.51

RAMOS, Rio

 

3.27

SPENCER, Vickie

 

4.25

TOMSETT, Craig

 

2.43

TREVOR, Chris (C T)

 

7.17

WAGNER, Michelle

 

5.21

 

EARLIER 5.00AM:

ALL  indications point toward another term for incumbent Gladstone Region mayor Matt Burnett.

Results from the 2020 Gladstone Regional Council election as of yesterday evening put him well ahead of his only challenger, local business owner Michael Fearns.

After just over 73 per cent of the preliminary count, Cr Burnett had 21,420 votes (73.71 per cent) to Mr Fearns 7,638 (26.29 per cent).

The official count began yesterday and will continue today.

In his final pitch to voters, Cr Burnett said his focus was ensuring Gladstone's industrial base continued to grow.
He said he had worked hard to ensure higher levels of government acknowledged the importance of the Gladstone ­region to the state and national economies.

Mr Fearns ran his campaign on a 12-point manifesto that prized public transparency and promised no increases in council rates and charges in the next four years.

There was nothing official from either camp at the time of print deadline.

A clearer picture of who Cr Burnett will have around the council table is will sit with at the council table on the Gladstone Regional Council is  starting to emerge with just under 30 per cent of the preliminary count finished counting as of yesterday afternoon.

Councillors Chris Trevor, Kahn Goodluck and Natalia Muszkat all had at least 7 per cent of the vote.
Just behind was newcomer Darryl Branthwaite on 6.94 per cent.

Councillors Glenn Churchill and Desley O'Grady were both polling at more than 6 per cent.



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