Brunker moves on from politics
FORMER Whitsunday mayor Mike Brunker says at this stage he has no plans to run for the seat of Dawson in the federal election next year.
"I have a new life now," he said.
Since retiring from local government after his defeat in the Whitsunay Regional Council election of April 28, Mr Brunker has been working for his brother's company, supplying "hotels" to mining communities.
When asked if he missed public life, he replied, "Not one bit".
"I've got a smile on me like a split watermelon," he said.
Mr Brunker was elected to the Bowen Shire Council in 1994 and became mayor in 1997. He went on to become the first mayor of the newly amalgamated Whitsunday Regional Council when the two shires joined in 2008.
He was defeated in his bid to retain the top job by Division 3 Councilor Jennifer Whitney at the local government elections in April this year.
In the federal arena, Mr Brunker was preselected by the Australian Labor party to run for Dawson in 2010.
He was defeated at that election when he ran against the LNP candidate and current MP George Christensen.