New era for Sellers starts now
AS THE dust settled on another Gladstone mayoral election, Matt Burnett ended Gail Sellers' five years at the helm.
The former mayor took charge at one of the most exciting times in Gladstone's recent history and oversaw the town's transformation during the massive construction boom.
With more than two decades worth of experience in local government and as the votes tumbled in from across the region early on Saturday night, Mrs Sellers was rather glum as she realised she had lost the election.
Hearing Mr Burnett was out polling her "two to one" in West Gladstone, Mrs Sellers said: "I'm finished".
"West is my home base and if I've lost West I'm gone.
"I'd call it now. It's over. I can't see me coming back from here."
As Mrs Sellers turned from the election and pondered her future, she said she was going to look forward to spending more time with her family.
The former mayor was happy with what she had achieved over her five years in power and singled out the development of Kirkwood Rd as major highlight.
"I'm going to spend some time relaxing, maybe get the house in order and then volunteer," she said.
THREE key achievements
- Bringing Aldi to town
- Securing the 2017 LGAQ Conference for Gladstone
- Establishing the Youth Council