Lehmann stays put

ALL BEFORE HIM: Graeme Lehmann was returned as Mayor of the Somerset Regional Council after the weekend elections.
ALL BEFORE HIM: Graeme Lehmann was returned as Mayor of the Somerset Regional Council after the weekend elections.

WITH the vote counting almost complete in the local government elections, Graeme Lehmann has been returned as the mayor for the Somerset Regional Council (SRC).

Mayor Lehmann was returned with 46% of the vote, followed by Beryce Nelson with 28% and Graham Peall with 26% of the vote.

"I am very happy with the result, but a little disappointed with the loss of some of the councillors," Mayor Lehmann said.

Mayor Lehmann said with the elections now complete he was hopeful people would now get behind the council and make the Somerset region an even better place to live.

"I look forward to working with the community for the next four years while strengthening relationships with state and federal governments to secure our share of funding for the region," he said.

Meanwhile the councillors have seen new blood introduced into council in the form of Kirsten Moriarty, Jim Madden, Michael Ogg, Neil Zabel and Helen Brieschke taking up councillor positions in the voting shake-up.

The battle for the last seat on council was still too close to call at the time of print, with 79% of the vote counted and Dan Hall leading the count for the final seat in chamber.

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) voting does not close until May 8 due to the postal voting system, however on present trends incumbent mayor Steve Jones looks like being returned, with councillor positions looking safe for incumbents, apart from Deputy Mayor Graham Moon who looks like losing his seat to fellow candidate Kathy McLean.

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