Gary Adcock reads the names out of the hat for the ballot order for next month’s election.
Gary Adcock reads the names out of the hat for the ballot order for next month’s election. Jenna Cairney

McMurtrie wins prime position

IF EVER there was a perfect time for an impromptu phone call, it was yesterday.

Just as I was about to stick my hand in to draw the first mayoral candidate for the ballot order, returning officer Gary Adcock's phone bugled the horse race classic "Call to Post".

"First past the post," Southern Downs Regional Council candidate Yve Stocks piped up.

And they were off.

But it wasn't without two false starts.

The first being State Government's postponing of the 2012 elections and the second being yesterday, when the planned 2.30pm ballot draw was put off due to "technical difficulties" at the Electoral Commission Queensland HQ.

As former MP Rob Messenger fought, and lost, a court battle to allow him to stand as mayor of Bundaberg, just after 4.30pm, the local office was forced to hold a manual ballot.

Current councillor Mally McMurtrie was first out the box and she responded to the news with an elated yell.


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