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Decision time for candidates

THE race for Whitsunday Regional Council's top job is almost at an end with the long-awaited local government election now just two days away.

Vying for the position of mayor are current mayor Mike Brunker, current Division 3 councillor Jennifer Whitney and newcomers to local government Grigor Taylor and Tony Maine.

A mini-poll conducted by the Whitsunday Ratepayers Association (WRA) suggests Jennifer Whitney could be mayor with the association endorsing her after more than 90 per cent of its participating members voted that way. Whether the views of the WRA reflect the bigger picture has yet to be seen but Ms Whitney says she is fairly confident of a good result.

"As long as we don't have a problem with the postal voting I think I've got a very good chance," she said.

Incumbent mayor Mike Brunker says he too is "quietly confident".

"I think people should judge me over the last four years not the last four weeks and if they do that I'm quietly confident the majority of councillors will be voted back in," he said.

Grigor Taylor says he has no idea how things will pan out.

"But I have been very happy with the reception for our nine-point plan and people have been interested in what I have to say," he said.

Tony Maine says he has his "fingers crossed".

"I honestly hope I do win because I think I've got something to contribute to the community and the region," he said.

Whitsunday returning officer Leanne Lloyd says the ECQ website will continue to be updated as votes are counted on Saturday night. Voting officially closes at 6pm when counting starts.

"As soon as I have figures they'll be available on the website," Ms Lloyd said.

"And in the next 10 day period, every time I have further figures - and I expect that to be daily - it'll be updated," she said. 


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