New faces set to join councils

NEARLY two weeks after the state election, councillor positions in the Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Scenic Rim have finally been declared.

While the mayors of the three regions were all easily returned, a number of new faces will be appearing on the councils.

In the Lockyer Valley, councillors Tanya Milligan, Peter Friend, Jim McDonald and Janice Holstein have been returned, with Kathy McLean and Derek Pingel newly elected.

Lockyer Valley CEO Ian Flint said he was pleased so many of the previous councillors had been returned.

"With the poll now finally declared, I congratulate those who were elected and look forward to working with the new council," he said.

"We are in a solid position to continue the good work of the previous council and focus on new achievements for the region.

"I thank outgoing councillors Graham Moon and Dave Neuendorf for their contributions to the Lockyer Valley over the past four years."

The Somerset council will see a significant turnover of councillors, with only deputy mayor Neil Zabel and councillor Dan Hall returned.

New councillors Helen Brieschke, Kirsten Moriarty, Michael Ogg and Jim Madden now have been officially elected.

Boonah and the surrounding area have two new faces on the Scenic Rim council.

Duncan McInnes has been elected in the north-eastern Division 6 encompassing Kalbar, Harrisville and Aratula.

In the Boonah-based Division 5, Rick Stanfield has been officially named as winner.

The Scenic Rim councillors will be officially sworn in on Monday in Beaudesert, while the Lockyer Valley and Somerset councils will hold an official swearing in within the next two weeks.

Topics:  local elections 2012



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