Who will? Williams Will

Williams Claims Solid Victory

Mayor Karen Williams today claimed victory in Redlands after her challenger Greg Underwood eventually conceded defeat, and said she felt humbled by the result.

“On the one hand I received 56% of the vote. That is one of the larger majorities in the history of Redlands, and a strong endorsement of the program I took to the election, I would expect other councillors to respect that.

“On the other hand it was a swing of 14% from my last result and results in some divisions show that electors also want to see some change.

“So while they voted strongly for my platform, including fixing congestion by using a market led proposal to bring forward works by the state government on state government controlled roads.

“And they endorsed projects of the future like Toondah Harbour and Shoreline, which open up the shoreline to residents and visitors, provide tourist opportunities and bring back the backyard.

“They were obviously concerned with some of the types of real estate development that are occurring, particularly with smaller lots, as well as with some of the way in which council operated.

“I’d like to assure voters I’ve heard them, and understood their message.”

Mayor Williams said that until all the ballots had been declared it would not be certain who was in the new council, but she had already started talking to those who had definitely been elected.

“We do know that most sitting councillors have been returned, and I’d like to congratulate them on their success – the public obviously generally approved of the direction in which council was heading.”

 “The last council had some very strong divisions in it, and I am determined that this should not be a feature of the new council.

“Councillors have to respect the mandates that we have all been given and work collaboratively to achieve the best outcome for Redlands.

“There is no place in Redlands for some of the dirty campaigning and divisive tactics that we have seen in the recent past.

“With my re-election we can give residents certainty and move forward building on the foundations that have been laid.”

Posted on 22 Mar 2016

(5) Comments

  1. Beverley Allsop commented on 22 March 2016

    Congratulations Karen

  2. Maggie Baler commented on 22 March 2016

    Karen, we are so pleased you have been returned with a solid majority.  You ran a very hard and dignified campaign, and your family, and supporters are to be commended for the amazing job they did.  I have no doubt that with your management skills, you can pull a diverse and robust team together to deliver good governance.  Best of luck.  God Bless. 
    Maggie Baker

  3. Maggie Baler commented on 22 March 2016

    Dear Karen,
    Congratulations on winning a second term as Mayor of Redland City, with a solid majority.  Following the election proceedings from overseas, we were impressed by your dignified campaign.  Your family and supporters are to be commended for their unwavering commitment to the people of the Redlands, despite smear campaigns and gutter politics.

    I have no doubt that with your strong management skills and leadership qualities, you will lead a diverse and robust team to good governance. 

    May God Bless you and keep you well. 
    All the very best,
    Maggie Baker

  4. Kathleen Crees commented on 24 March 2016

    Hearty Congratulations on a well-deserved success. The Redland community can now look forward to a greater prosperity and continuity under your expertise.
    I still believe that the exit from mining is premature for our people. The decision should be revisited. The time isn’t right. We need to husband our resources and look out for the Straddie people who will be adversely affected by this idea and people matter.

  5. RUDOLF{RUDY) GERRIT HENRY WAANDERS commented on 27 March 2016

    I RUDY live at 51 spirit drive CAPALABA 4157a long side COOLNWYNPIN wild life reserve, my main problem is the bush comes to edge of the gutter, therefor there is on foot path . So when I go for a walk I have to cross the road to the other foot path, this foot path has some large trees and some large roots on it. My first problem is I am going on to 82 years old ,I am a partly DISABLED and a PENSIONER and must use a WHEELWALKER and were two hearing aids, so must look out for traffic, also CHILDREN have this problem,. This is not good for your ELECTORATE. I also help to put you there. hoping you can help the people of this area with this concerning problem your ELECTORATE member I also am a member of REDLANDS SOUTH R, S ,L, R WAANDERS.