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“Very Rewarding” Clay Bauman Retains Seat

Respected local leader, Clay Bauman, is looking likely to return as Division 2 Councillor following Saturday’s election where he struck out ahead in a very tight race.

As of the time of writing, Mr Bauman was in the lead having received 58.54 per cent of the votes compared to his opponent, Tony Price who had commanded 41.46 per cent.

Having initially been voted in as Division 2 Councillor in the bi-election 18 months ago, Mr Bauman is thrilled to be re-elected and delighted to start his first full-term in the role.

“It seems like it’s in the bag!” he said on Tuesday.

“It has been very rewarding to meet a number of people at the polling booths who said I have already helped them, and I look forward to doing more of the same.”

“Previously, I had one year to do as much as I could and now I have four years!”

With a State Government election this year, Mr Bauman is particularly excited about lobbying for promises from both sides to fast track projects in the region.

In particular, he wants to see the much-anticipated Hamilton Plains flood-proofing come to fruition and the Shute Harbour Stage two development which will see a new boat ramp and 200-space carpark at the site.

He is also keen to work with the upcoming budget and wants to investigate further the need for a new Airlie Beach Town Plan.

“I am looking forward to discussing whether it’s time to start on a new town plan that is more in-tune with community sentiment,” he said.

Division 2 Councillor, Clay Bauman, at the polling station over the weekend. Photo supplied

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