RE-ELECTED: David Pahlke’s supporters have dubbed him ‘The Pahlkinator’ after he was re-elected in Division 10. Image digitally enhanced.
RE-ELECTED: David Pahlke’s supporters have dubbed him ‘The Pahlkinator’ after he was re-elected in Division 10. Image digitally enhanced. Rob Williams

Pahlkinator taking Division 10 to the future

HE'S back.

David Pahlke, or the Pahlkinator as he is now known, will see another four years as Division 10 councillor after defeating opponents Steve Franklin and Anna Neville.

Just like Schwarzenegger's character in the classic film series it seems Cr Pahlke couldn't be kept down in his eighth consecutive election, even when facing strong competition.

Confident talk from fellow Division 10 candidate Steve Franklin worried the incumbent on the morning of election day.

Cr Pahlke said his worries disappeared as soon as the results began to roll in.

"My supporters are now calling me the Pahlkinator - I'll be back," he laughed.

"I've won every booth and I think that's a driving, resounding vote of confidence in myself for my 25 years as a councillor.

"Voters have said we'll stick with what we know, the tried and true and the experience.

"Keep union party politics out of council was my call and I think residents agreed with it."

The councillor said he was ready to complete unfinished business in his electorate.

"There's the Rosewood Library project to finish, there are some big drainage projects and a lot of new projects in Deebing Heights to see through to the finish so I've got four years to work on those," Cr Pahlke said.

During his campaign, Mr Franklin questioned Cr Pahlke's $7 million spend on the Rosewood Library project.

"I think if you tried to stop that there would be outrage in the community because the project has been promised for 10 years," Cr Pahlke said.

"It's not a $7 million library. It's a $4 million building but you've got to put carparks in, the cost of the land, the books and flood immunity of course it adds up to $6-7 million."

With 59.67% of the roll counted, Cr Pahlke held 56.12% of the vote with Steve Franklin holding 32.27%.

Division 10 candidate Anna Neville scored 11.61% of the vote and said she planned to run again in four years' time.

"Steve Franklin polled worse than he did in 2008 and it shows it's not a time for change," Cr Pahlke said.

"I deal with hundreds of residents every month. You're always campaigning, you're talking to people.

"I'm over the moon. Let's get into the next four years."



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