Mayor back at work

WHITSUNDAY Regional Mayor Mike Brunker has returned to work as mayor this week after being defeated in the federal election on the weekend.

Mr Brunker had taken a leave of absence from Council without pay to stand as the Labor candidate for the seat of Dawson.

Although the seat has not been officially declared, it is very likely that LNP's George Christensen will win.

Mr Brunker said earlier this week that he was “back on the job and getting on with life”.

He was also tipping that the independents would support Julia Gillard.

Speaking about Mr Christensen convincingly winning in the Airlie and Proserpine booths, Mr Brunker said they were conservative communities so he fully accepted that.

He said the best thing about the result for the people of Dawson was that the electorate was still marginal and would therefore receive a lot of attention.

“Over many years, the National Party took it for granted and we got nothing,” he said.

“It's still marginal so there will be a focus on us.”

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