Mayoral job on line

THE new mayor of the Tweed Shire Council will be decided this afternoon in Murwillumbah. The new council will go ahead as it is despite a potential legal challenge on the result. The seven elected councillors -- Warren Polglase, Phil Youngblutt, Katie Milne, Dot Holdom, Kevin Skinner, Joan van Lieshout and Barry Longland -- will meet for an extraordinary council meeting at 4.30pm today at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre.

Second Green Party candidate Kevin McCready, who very narrowly missed out on a council spot on preferences despite a landslide green vote, told the Tweed Daily News yesterday he was still waiting on advice for an election result legal challenge.

Mr McCready said he didn't expect the Tweed Shire Council to put off its business to wait for a potential court case.

At today's meeting, councillors will decide whether to vote for mayor with an open vote, or a preferential ballot.

With a conservative leaning majority, it is expected either former mayor Warren Polglase or Liberal Party candidate Joan van Lieshout will be elected the new mayor.

Councillors contacted yesterday were keeping their lips sealed on any negotiations that may have taken place. Mrs van Lieshout said decisions were still being made.

"I don't expect anyone will know the outcome until we come out," Mrs van Lieshout said.

Mr Longland said he did not have any idea who would be elected mayor.

"I am incapable of putting any light on it," Mr Longland said.

Mr Polglase said he hadn't heard a word, but said he would "have a look at it" if his name was put forward to become mayor again.

Each said they were looking forward to the job ahead.

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