ALL BUT IN: Councillor Peter Blundell is poised for victory in the Southern Downs mayoral election.
ALL BUT IN: Councillor Peter Blundell is poised for victory in the Southern Downs mayoral election. Ewan Leighton

Blundell likely mayor

IT'S all but been confirmed - in the coming weeks Stanthorpe-based councillor Peter Blundell will be sworn in as the Southern Downs' new mayor.

Having spent the past four years as deputy to retired mayor Ron Bellingham, Cr Blundell said he felt it was his experience that paid dividends.

"I think basically people were looking for some experience in the position of mayor," he said.

"It's still early but I would hope the trend continues the way that it has."

But despite the future of the Southern Downs mayor being all but decided, the team Cr Blundell will work with is still up in the air.

At time of print yesterday (Monday) a total of 13,010 votes had been counted with Ross Bartley (8210 votes), Jo McNally (8194), Cameron Gow (6861), Vic Pennisi (6760), Jamie Mackenzie (6538), Neil Meiklejohn (6530), Denise Ingram (6253) and Glyn Rees (6200) rounding out the eight councillor positions.

Cr Blundell said it was good to see representation from all corners of the region.

"The geography is well spread. Again experience seems to have counted in that regard," he said.

Current Stanthorpe councillor Cameron Gow appears to be on the way to a second term in the position.

But he wasn't always confident that would be the case.

"I honestly didn't know going into the election what the result would be," he said.

"I just want to thank the community for giving me the honour and the opportunity of working on their behalf.

"The people that I've spoken to have said they're not overly unhappy with how the past council handled a difficult amalgamation.

"The community has allowed us to continue resolving the issues that have come out of the forced amalgamation." The Border Post will pushlish an updated count on Thursday.

Current councillor standings (Monday afternoon)

 Ross Bartley (8210 votes).

 Jo McNally (8194).

 Cameron Gow (6861).

 Vic Pennisi (6760).

 Jamie Mackenzie (6538).

 Neil Meiklejohn (6530).

 Denise Ingram (6253).

 Glyn Rees (6200)

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