Ros Heit ready to hit the ground running
ELEVEN days after polling closed Ros Heit has been declared the winner and will take a seat at the South Burnett Regional Council that Cheryl Dalton vacated.
A re-count was ordered on Wednesday afternoon after Ms Heit won by just three votes. After preferences were counted Ms Heit won the division with 778 of the votes, her closest rival, Don Pinwill, on 775.
The race was a close fought battle between Ms Heit and Mr Pinwill with the leadership changing a number of times throughout the counting process.
At the beginning of the week it looked as though Mr Pinwill would snatch the victory but Ms Heit came back in the lead and was declared the winner.
Ms Heit said she was looking forward to getting started.
"It was a great campaign and very competitive," she said.
"I think all the people who voted for me because each and every vote counted.
"I'm going to enjoy celebrating with my husband and family before getting stuck into working hard for Division 6."
Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said he was thrilled to have a Division 6 councillor after such a tight race.
"I congratulate Ros on behalf of the council and commiserations to Don for just falling short," Cr Kratzmann said.
"It will be great to have a Division 6 councillor back on the ground and there's plenty of work ahead for Ros."
Cr Kratzmann said he would talk with Ms Heit in the next week to discuss her role and what portfolio she might like to take on.
"I will have to a re-shuffle of portfolios but I will have a chat with Ros first and get a feeling for what she might like to do," he said.