LITCHFIELD and Katherine residents are likely to keep their mayors, early results from the NT council election indicate.
Incumbent Litchfield Mayor Maree Bredhauer is leading the race in her municipality with 3759 votes, compared to 2196 for closest rival Doug Barden.
“I’m relieved that I am in front – on the early preferences – but it’s very early days,” Ms Bredhauer said.
“I’m nervously confident.”
She thanked voters for their support, and said she had some “very positive” conversations with locals over her campaign period.
Katherine Mayor Fay Miller was also ahead in her region with 1968 votes – more than double the votes received by Jon Raynor, in second place with 721 votes.
If re-elected, Ms Miller has promised to tackle crime rates.
“I will continue to ensure our community does not return to the days of high levels of anti-social behaviour prior to the TBLs (temporary beat locations),” she said.
She’s up against taxi driver Kylee McDougall, customer service officer Mr Raynor, and Allan Brennan for the role of mayor.
Further south, Steve Edgington is winning in the race for president of the Barkly Regional Council, which includes the townships of Tennant Creek, Canteen Creek, and Elliott.
Mr Edgington has 323 votes, with Jeffrey McLaughlin close behind with 193 votes, and Narelle Bremner with 182. Palmerston voters will head to the polls on March 17, 2018.
Originally published as Rural mayors likely to hang on to power