Tony Williams has been sworn in as Mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council following the declaration of the polls by the Electoral Commission of Queensland.
Cr Williams received about 25 per cent of the formal first preference vote in a by-election contested by 17 candidates following the shock resignation of former mayor Margaret Strelow on November 9.
The vote came after the Queensland Government changed legislation that would have automatically placed previous mayoral runner-up Chris ‘Pineapple’ Hooper in the job.
And some residents will be heading back to the polling booths again soon, as Cr Williams’ election saw him resign from his Division 3 councillor role – triggering another by-election.
The new mayor said he had undertaken a long apprenticeship to take on the role, having served in council for 16 years.
“I am now firmly focussed on getting down to business and delivering for our whole community to make it the best it can possibly be,” he said.
“We have a strong team of councillors who are great advocates for our residents and I look forward to continuing to work with them in this new capacity to drive our entire region forward together.”
The election timetable for the Division 3 councillor by-election is due to be published on the ECQ’s website within the next week.