Forman's our new top man

Bundaberg mayor Mal Forman wants to take council in a new direction.
Bundaberg mayor Mal Forman wants to take council in a new direction.

NEW Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman has highlighted improving council efficiency and cutting through red tape as priorities after he was officially declared the winner of the region's top job yesterday.

The former Bundaberg City deputy mayor recorded a total of 19,444 votes, with more than 80% of the voite counted, finishing with a sollid margin of 1635 votes ahead of his main challenger Bill Trevor.

Sitting mayor Lorraine Pyefinch was well behind the pair with 11,167 votes.

Cr Forman said the new Bundaberg Regional Council needed to bravely pursue a different path and respond to a desire for change prevalent in the community.

"It will be my main objective to take this council forwards in a new direction," he said.

"It's a big job - there's a lot of work to be done - but I've got a good team behind me and I think we can meet our objectives and make things come to fruition."

The chairman of Bundaberg Christian College is well known for his work with the school, which he helped establish in 1996.

Cr Forman said his first job would be to review council's financial operations and establish priorities.

"We need to identify areas where we can improve efficiency and try and cut down on waste," he said.

Cr Forman said he aimed to promote sustainable development in the region and cut down on red tape.

"Another thing will be inviting big projects to the area, actively trying to grow our region, especially in the Gin Gin-Kolan, Isis-Childers and coastal areas."

Mr Trevor was gracious in defeat, wishing Mr Forman and the new council well, but said the campaign was valuable for him despite not getting over the line in the end.

"It's always sad to lose," he said.

"But it was valuable time for me to get out there and talk to people.

"It was interesting to hear what people are looking for and the changes they want on council."

Members of the new Bundaberg Regional Council will be sworn in on Tuesday in an official ceremony at the council chambers.

Topics:  bundaberg regional council election local government mal forman politics

Not near our backyards: outcry at 'oversize' shed

NOT IN OUR BACKYARD: Concerned neighbours Shirley and David Tognolini, Gabby and Ian King and Denise and Bill Hannon in front of the shed.

"'Light industrial area opens in Burnett Heads'.”

Vandals trashing riverbank and bridge in CBD

TRASHED: The rubbish-strewn area under Bundaberg's Tallon Bridge where furniture has been burnt.

Man disgusted with behaviour of 'squatters'

New campaign targets complacency on our farms

SAFETY MESSAGE: Leanne Donaldson, Eddy Zaina and Grace Grace at the SnapFresh farm.

Farms have 3% of jobs, 30% of accidents

Local Partners

Get help at financial info day

A FREE information day to help anyone in need of financial help or advice is being held today as part of Anti-Poverty Week.

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Air-con upgrade for Moncrieff theatre

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

Cooler theatre on the way

Cathriona White's mother claims to have Jim Carrey's results

Jim Carrey and late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White

SHE claims Carrey exposed White to herpes, chlamydia, Hepatitis A

The Koi Boys are back with more covers and original songs

Former Voice contestants The Koi Boys have signed with Universal Music.

THE Voice favourites release their debut album today.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E10 - hometown visits

Georgia Love in a scene from season two episode 10 of The Bachelorette.

Georgia meets the families of her four beaus tonight.

The Bachelorette: Courtney too slow for Georgia's love train

Courtney Dober in a scene from The Bachelorette.

FORMER favourite eliminated after introducing Georgia to his family.

Singing ex-diplomat brings Afghanistan war to life

Folk singer Fred Smith's concert draws on his experience as a diplomat in Afghanistan.

Fred Smith's regional Queensland tour focuses on the Afghanistan war

Shaynna'a blazing a stylish trail on television

Shaynna Blaze hosts the new TV show Deadline Design.

SHE'S the designer with no less than three shows on ours screens.

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge

SEQ is the 'greatest market': property guru John McGrath

SPEAKER: John McGrath of McGrath Estate Agents is today's guest speaker at the Better Business Breakfast.

SEQ is the "greatest" real estate market, says property guru.