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NO COMPETITION: Bundaberg Regional Councillors Dave Batt, Tony Riccardi, Judy Peters and Lynne Forgan are ecstatic after finding out they will have their jobs for another term.
NO COMPETITION: Bundaberg Regional Councillors Dave Batt, Tony Riccardi, Judy Peters and Lynne Forgan are ecstatic after finding out they will have their jobs for another term. Scottie Simmonds BUNCON

FOUR existing Bundaberg regional councillors have been re-elected unopposed after yesterday's close of nominations revealed a lack of competition in four divisions.

Division 2's Tony Ricciardi, Division 8's David Batt, Division 9's Judy Peters and Division 10's Lynne Forgan were the only people to lodge a candidacy for their wards, meaning they were automatically returned to the position.

The lack of candidates means the four councillors will not have to run a campaign for the April 28 poll.

The other six divisions had a healthy rivalry with three of those attracting four candidates.

Cr Batt said the good fortune was yet to sink it.

"It's unexpected, it's a bit of a shock," he said.

"It takes the pressure off the next five weeks."

Cr Batt said he would not take the immediate appointment as an opportunity to take a break.

"We've still got a lot of work to do to keep the council running," he said.

Cr Ricciardi, also the deputy mayor, was in a state of shock about the lack of contestants.

"For 21 years in local government I've always expected a few sleepless nights every three or four years," he said.

"For once I can relax and get on with the job."

Cr Ricciardi, like Cr Batt, said he would be working on the day-to-day running of the council.

But he was looking forward to another term.

"We got the ship turned around with the changes to State Government," he said.

"That's given me a bit more life and working towards getting things for our region."

Cr Forgan said she was still coming "down to earth" after the shock.

But she said she was already looking to the future.

"There are several projects, which have been started, like the moving of the athletics track and the showgrounds, which I'll now be able to see to the end," she said.

Cr Forgan said she was "blown away" when she found out there were no other candidates for Division 10.

Cr Peters said she felt the lack of candidates was an endorsement on how well she had represented the ward.

"This time has been a really hard time with all sorts of new regulations and rules," she said.

She said during the next four years the council would be able to make some real changes.

Topics:  council election, councillors, divisions


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