ELECTION: Noosa’s new mayor, Clare Stewart, is ready to tackle issues including the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa
ELECTION: Noosa’s new mayor, Clare Stewart, is ready to tackle issues including the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa

New-look council ready to tackle COVID-19 challenge

THE dust has finally settled after the declaration of new Noosa Council over the long weekend.

The end result has seen Clare Stewart record a tight victory over incumbent Tony Wellington.

At the final tally, mayor-elect Stewart had a lead of 355 votes showing just how split across the board the Noosa community is when it comes to is preferred leadership.

Ms Stewart attracted 50.60 per cent of the vote while the outgoing Cr Wellington gained 49.40 per cent.

Considering the strains under which this coronavirus-impacted campaign was conducted the voting integrity held up well with only 952 informal votes cast or 3.10 per cent.

“I want to thank my team and congratulate all incoming councillors,” Ms Stewart said.

“We have a tough time ahead but I am confident that the team assembled will deliver the best outcomes for the people of Noosa Shire.

“Thank you for your support, trust and belief. We won’t let you down.”

The rest of the new Noosa Council has been confirmed as first timers Karen Finzel, Amelia Lorentson and Tom Wegener, to be joined by sitting councillors Joe Jurisevic, Brian Stockwell and Frank Wilkie.

Councillor-elect Lorentson posted: “I look forward to working with our new Mayor Clare Stewart and the council that the community elected.

“And mostly, I look forward to working hard with and for you.

“The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge for council and our community. And I believe that the fight against COVID-19 will not be a short one.

“I am ready for the challenge. Noosa, you have all of me. We’re in this together. We’ll get through this together. And we will make Noosa better.”