Top job challenge in Central Highlands

    Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes is in a two-way race to retain his position, following the challenge issued by sitting councillor Janice Moriarty for the top job.

    Cr Hayes, who has been mayor for two terms, was early to nominate with the Electoral Commission of Queensland when the window opened, while Cr Moriarty waited until Monday, 12 February, to flag her intentions.

    There are 13 councillor nominees vying for the eight available positions on the Central Highlands council with incumbent Deputy Mayor Christine Rolfe failing to nominate for another term in local government.

    Cr Anne Carpenter and Cr Megan Daniels will also not be returning.

    Across the state, 1422 Queenslanders have nominated for the 2024 local government elections to run for mayor or councillor positions in their local communities.

    The ballot paper order draws were undertaken following the close of nominations at noon on Tuesday 13 February.