I'M EXCITED: Butcher to clinch council spot
GEORGE Ladbrook has been "extremely humbled" by the outpouring of support he received in the lead up to Saturday's election.
The well-known butcher currently holds the second highest number of votes in the Maranoa Regional Council election.
Mr Ladbrook said he had been pleasantly surprised by the support he received.
"I'm excited about what can be done with the new council, and it's very humbling to know the people of the Maranoa want me there," he said.
Based on figures from the Electoral Commission Queensland provided this morning, March 30, just over 60 per cent of unofficial preliminary votes have been counted.
A massive field of 18 chasing eight available positions, with current councillor Geoff McMullen in first place taking 8.89 per cent of votes.
There are 33,014 formal votes counted, of which Cr McMullen has secured 2934.
Unity Maranoa candidate George Ladbrook is in second place on 8.42 per cent.
"I would really like to thank the people of the Maranoa for supporting me," he said.
Fellow Unity Maranoa member Julie Guthrie is in third position on 7.85 per cent and acquiring 2593 of votes.
John Birkett, also within the Unity Maranoa party, is just behind Ms Guthrie with 2589 votes and believes coming from one of the biggest areas, Mitchell has helped with him acquiring a top position.
"Coming from Mitchell and having a lot of support out here has helped," he said.
"Also having a background in football and knowing a lot of people in the shire has helped.
"I am not getting carried away at this stage but it's great to see people believe in what we have to offer.
"The main focus, if elected, will be to keep the community safe straight away and work with Queensland Health."
Business owner, Wendy Taylor has taken 2456 votes and said she's very thankful that the community has faith in her and she hopes to live up to people's expectations.
"Having our business for as long as we have, has helped with the campaigning and because I am a business person, people can see that," she said.
"All the council members bring something different to the table."
- Keep an eye out for further developments as counting continues.