Cr Phil Youngblutt took the seventh and last seat on the Tweed Shire Council.
Cr Phil Youngblutt took the seventh and last seat on the Tweed Shire Council. John Gass

Youngblutt back in by a whisker

PHIL Youngblutt is back on Tweed Shire Council and has fired an immediate shot across the bows of the Greens.

Cr Youngblutt, the seventh and final candidate elected, said the party represented by Katie Milne would not have things all its own way.

He said there would be a few surprises on who received support in the chamber.

"I think they (The Greens) might get a bit of a shock," Cr Youngblutt said.

Despite this, Cr Youngblutt was confident the new council would work.

"I think so... we will soon find out. It has to work better than the last one," he said.

Greens campaign spokeswoman Andrea Vickers, who was also present at the declaration of the poll, said the result was as pre- dicted and struck a conciliatory tone.

"I guess The Greens are optimistic that this council is going to work better," Ms Vickers said.

"Four of the seven councillors are progressive."

Ms Vickers said Cr Milne should receive more support in the chamber.

"We were initially disappointed with the result (first preferences), but considering all the factors I think The Greens have done very well," Ms Vickers said.

The successful candidates, in the order they were elected, were Warren Polglase, Katie Milne, Michael Armstrong, Barry Longland, Gary Bagnall Carolyn Byrne and Mr Youngblutt.

Both progressive and conservative candidates said they were happy with the results and that they represented a workable group.

Mr Bagnall, Ms Byrne and Mr Armstrong are the new faces on the council for this term.

Mr Bagnall was pleased with his result.

"I'm a bit surprised that some of the guys pulled in front of me, particularly Warren Polglase," Mr Bagnall quipped.

"The next big thing will be the mayoral race."

Mr Bagnall said he would support anyone who showed respect to the councillors and to the community.

"If the right person doesn't stand up then I might put my hand up," he said.

Ms Byrne said her advantage at this election was as a fresh face with a message that connected with the people.

The new councillors have a meeting on Monday before a public meeting on Thursday for the mayoral vote.



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