Tablelands and Far North decides

Local government election results for Tablelands and Far North

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Four new mayors are likely to be installed in councils on the Atherton Tablelands and in Far North Queensland.

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Local farmer and businessman Rod Marti has a clear lead over his three contenders in the race for Tablelands Regional Council's top job.

Local farmer and businessman Rod Marti has a clear lead over his three contenders in the race for Tablelands Regional Council's top job.

FOUR new mayors are likely to be installed in councils on the Atherton Tablelands and in Far North Queensland.

In the Mareeba Shire, which was reestablished in 2014 after residents voted to reverse the council amalgamations, Mayor Tom Gilmore has stepped down leaving room for new blood.

Current serving councillors Angela Toppin and Edward (Nipper) Brown are going head to head for the mayoralty with 69.92 per cent of the vote now counted.

Cr Toppin has edged out in front as preferred mayor with 53.27 per cent or 5186 votes to Cr Brown's 46.73 per cent, or 4550 votes.

The Tablelands Regional Council is also welcoming a new mayor with Joe Paronella stepping down from the role.

Local farmer and businessman Rod Marti has a clear lead over his three contenders with 69.67 per cent of the preliminary vote counted.

Mr Marti, who served as a councillor on the Tablelands from 2012-2016, has got 5641 votes, or 47.78 per cent of the total counted.

Current Deputy Mayor Kartina Mellick has attracted 31.68 per cent or 3740 votes, Peter Beattie has 13.99 per cent or 1652 votes and Ken Carey has 6.56 per cent or 774 votes.

Further south in the Cassowary Coast a two-way race is playing out, with recontesting first term mayor John Kremastos trailing well behind his two opponents.

With 70.65 per cent of the vote counted, just 180 votes separate forerunner (Timothy) Mark Nolan and Bryce Macdonald.

Mr Nolan has 5133 votes, or 38.36 per cent to Mr Macdonald's 4953 votes or 37.02 per cent.

Mr Kremastos is trailing behind holding 24.62 per cent, or 3295 individual votes.

Likewise in the Douglas Shire which is headquarted in Mossman, recontesting Mayor Julia Leu is trailing behind her opponent, current sitting councillor Michael Kerr.

With 70.10 per cent of the vote counted, Cr Kerr is leading with 54.91 per cent of the ballots, or 3133 votes, to Cr Leu's 2573, or 45.09 per cent.

No preliminary results for the Cook and Carpentaria shires have been recorced on the Electoral Commission of Queensland website.

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