Not ready to claim victory yet: Willcox
MAYORAL candidate Andrew Willcox is still not claiming a win in the 2016 local government elections.
Why? Because he is afraid incumbent mayor Jennifer Whitney is going to pull a rabbit out of a hat just like Johnathan Thurston did in the dying seconds of the NRL grand final last year.
He made reference to the grand final cliff-hanger after being asked why, with a 2112 vote lead, he wasn't claiming victory over Cr Whitney.
"They thought they were home and hosed. The Broncos blokes were already at the bar having a drink and look what happened," Cr Willcox said.
"I deal in facts. I don't want to be the mayor that does things pre-emptively.
"The chances are very high I am going to be the next mayor but until that is declared or until the mayor concedes to me I am not going to go out and claim victory."
Though at this stage it will take more than a stroke of brilliance from the opposing team to foil the deputy mayor's bid for the top job.
Cr Willcox now has 52.56% of the vote from Cr Whitney's 35.87% and Eric Oliver is well out of the race with 11.57% of the vote.
The people of Willcox's northern stronghold have come out in force at the ballot box to support the former tomato farmer from Bowen.
Divisions 5 and 6 recorded close to absolute domination by Cr Willcox at 90.8% and 91.26% respectively.
If elected Cr Willcox said he would focus on eliminating the region's divide though he admitted the north/south division was evident at the polls.
"You can definitely see people have voted for their candidate (based) on geography but it will be the last time you see that," he said.
"I don't think it matters where the person comes from; I certainly won't be running my mayoral ship like that."