The Electoral Commission of Queensland has confirmed the final election results for the new Redland City Council, with all but two of the sitting Councillors returned to office.
Cr Karen Williams has been returned by voters as the Mayor of Redland City for her third term in this role.
Rowanne McKenzie was elected as the new Councillor for Division 7, replacing former Councillor Murray Elliott, and Adelia Berridge was elected as Councillor for Division 9, replacing Paul Gleeson.
The returning Councillors include Wendy Boglary (Division 1), Peter Mitchell (Division 2), Paul Golle (Division 3), Lance Hewlett (Division 4), Mark Edwards (Division 5), Julie Talty (Division 6), Tracey Huges (Division 8) and Paul Bishop (Division 10).
All 11 Councillors will be formally sworn in at a special ceremony from 2pm on Monday 20 April, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 social distancing health requirements, this normally public swearing-in event will not be open to the public but the Councillors’ Declaration of Office will instead be published on Council’s Facebook page.
Cr Williams offered congratulations to all Councillors, who she was looking forward to working with to support the community.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the lives of everyone in the community and will continue to be a focus for the new Council over the coming year as we deal with the virus and the recovery,” she said.
“It is vital for our new Council to get straight back to the business of supporting the community and continuing to provide essential and critical services during this time.”
“Priorities will include reviewing and preparing the new budget, including support for community and businesses, and continuing with our planned infrastructure and capital works program.”
“I am also confident our new Council will want to continue to call on the State and Commonwealth to fund critical city and regional infrastructure, including significant overdue transport improvements.”
“There is no more appropriate time than now for a commitment to these investments in our community while supporting business and employment during these challenging times.”
“I look forward to working with all of my fellow Councillors to support the aspirations of the community and to continue to build a stronger Redlands Coast for the future.”