Unity Maranoa candidates Mark Edwards, Tyson Golder, John Birkett, George Ladbrook and Julie Guthrie. The group looks certain to gain majority for the next term of Maranoa Regional Council.
Unity Maranoa candidates Mark Edwards, Tyson Golder, John Birkett, George Ladbrook and Julie Guthrie. The group looks certain to gain majority for the next term of Maranoa Regional Council.

VICTORY: What Golder will do with majority council

TYSON Golder knows all-too-well you need five people to make up a majority in Maranoa Regional Council.

With more than 50 per cent of mayoral votes now counted, it seems clear the incumbent mayor will return to the region’s top-spot, having currently netted more than two-third of the vote in a landslide victory.

And, it looks likely he will be joined in council chambers by his four Unity Maranoa running mates.

In the lead up to last Saturday’s election, Cr Golder joined forces with fellow like-minded individuals running for council: Julie Guthrie, John Birkett, George Ladbrook, and Mark Edwards.

With 48 per cent of councillor votes counted, it would seem all Unity Maranoa candidates will form the majority of the next term of Maranoa Regional Council.

Cr Golder said he wanted to thank the community for their support.

“They believed in what we want to achieve. It was said to me in the council chamber last term that you need five votes to make change,” he said.

“I look forward to working with all councillors elected in taking the Maranoa forward.”

The Unity Maranoa group ran on a platform of rates freezes and operating locally, and with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic being felt here on a local level, Cr Golder said they are the right candidates to lead the region forward.

“When you have a decimated economy, rates freezes are more important than ever,“ he said.

“Part of the rates freeze is also to, over time, work on rates in the Maranoa being more affordable, so more people move here, there’s more jobs and businesses.

“We want this to be the number one place in Queensland.”

For three consecutive years Cr Golder has proposed his own budget, based mostly on rate freezes and operating locally.

All three of those budgets were rejected by the majority of former councillor colleagues.

This frustration was the inspiration behind forming the group, with all members agreeing on ‘the plan’.

Cr Golder said his goal was to run council as efficiently as possible.

“Running the most efficient council is really what is beneficial to the community, and we want to keep the pressure off the community,” he said.

“Operating locally has the ability to help so many people. With getting over the virus and moving forward as a region, we need this more than ever.

“We need to help the community. I’ve been mayor for four years and I’ve seen communities struggling, and I know financially we could help.

“Now is our opportunity to bring policies forward, it won’t happen overnight but we need to support people of the Maranoa.

“We’re not talking about cutbacks, we’re thinking long term solutions to better our region.”

Cr Golder said while there are still votes to be counted, he wanted to thank voters for their support.

“I’ll be working every day to make sure that we can deliver what we said,” he said.

“The pay back for me is seeing the people of the Maranoa going from strength to strength.

“I would like people to believe Council has their back. We are there to support you, we don’t want people to give up.

“We can’t control everything, but we do control rates and services. I believe this will be a very understanding council and that will be a great thing for the Maranoa.”