Blundell extends his lead
DEPUTY Mayor Peter Blundell has increased his lead in the Southern Downs mayoral race, remaining all but assured of victory.
After further vote counting yesterday Cr Blundell's share had shot up to 5366, more than 2780 votes ahead of his nearest rival Mally McMurtrie.
Cr Blundell is yet to formally declare victory, with the poll results to be officially declared next Tuesday.
Around 1200 more postal votes came in yesterday, bringing the total so far returned to close to 18,000, out of more than 23,000 issued.
More postal votes are expected today, with informal votes running at just over two per cent.
On the councillor front Ross Bartley's lead on the top eight could be under threat from Jo McNally, who trails him by just 20 votes. Ninth-placed contender John Randall is still a long way from the eight, 688 votes south of eighth-spot holder Glyn Rees.
Peter Blundell 4927; Mally McMurtrie 2358; Jim Rickard 1816; Darryl Evans 1536; Phil Buddle 1427; Lindsay Goodwin 1228; Kim Olsen 622; Gina Doulis 418.
Councillor Top 8... Ross Bartley 8210; Jo McNally 8194; Cameron Gow 6861; Vic Pennisi 6760; Jamie Mackenzie 6538; Neil Meiklejohn 6530; Denise Ingram 6253; Glyn Rees 6200.