Lockyer Valley postponed election draws new candidates
UPDATE: Owner of The Floating Cafe in Grantham Tony Wood has announced he will run for Lockyer Valley mayor.
He said he felt a sense of duty to the community to continue Mayor Steve Jones' legacy.
"I was always interested in the position but when you do the sums up, it would have been hard to topple Steve," he said.
Mr Wood has lived in the Lockyer Valley for about 40 years, between Murphy's Creek, Helidon Spa, Withcott and Grantham.
"Steve was a great man and it would have been hard to unseat such a popular mayor," Mr Wood said.
"Steve left a big hole here."
Councillor and deputy mayor Tanya Milligan yesterday said Cr Jones vision was for the construction of a pipeline connecting the Lockyer Valley to Wivenhoe Dam.
"Council will continue to fight for the pipeline and would love nothing more to see it come into fruition in Steve's honour."
EARLIER: The Lockyer Valley Regional Council elections have been postponed until April 16.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Jackie Trad said today the local government election would be held at the same time as a new ballot for mayor.
"Following the sudden and sad death of Lockyer Valley Mayor Cr Steve Jones after the close of nominations, I am required to restart the election for the mayoralty of Lockyer Valley Regional Council," she said.
"The Local Government Electoral Act 2011 also allows me as Local Government Minister to consider whether to delay the election of councillors."
She said after consultation with the Electoral Commission of Queensland, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and the Local Government Association of Queensland the new date of the election would now be held on Saturday, April 16 with a full postal ballot.
"Postponing the council election in Lockyer Valley is in the best interests of the community," she said.
"At this sad time, the community needs the stability of their council and it will continue with business as usual."
Lockyer Valley residents will still have to vote on March 19 in the referendum on four year terms.
"I have taken this decision so that the election of mayor and councillors can be considered at the same time by the residents of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council," she said.
"This is to ensure that the risk of Lockyer Valley electors needing to return to the ballot box are minimised."
The close of nominations will be Tuesday, March 29.