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Election Updates

The ECQ has today declared the final four roles to be filled in the 2020 local government elections. The election of all 578 mayors and councillors in Queensland’s 77 local governments have now been declared.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Logan City Council

MAYOR

POWER, Darren Ross

Moreton Bay Regional Council

MAYOR

FLANNERY, Peter John

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

SHIPWAY, Jodie Leanne

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

ANDREWS, Ross James

All positions in the Gold Coast City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Torres Shire Council, Torres Strait Island Regional Council and Whitsunday Regional Council local government elections have now been formally declared.

A full list of all the declarations made today is below.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Gold Coast City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 13

MCDONALD, Daphne Isobell

Logan City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

RUSSELL, Melinda Kerry

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

HALL, Anthony Warren

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

FRAZER, Timothy John

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 10

STEMP, Miriam Anne

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 12

MURPHY, Karen Linda

Moreton Bay Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

BOOTH, Mark

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

RUCK, Sandra Cecily

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

WINCHESTER, William Noel Karl

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

GILLAM, Michael Francis

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

TONKS, Catherine Mary

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 12

LATTER, Anthony Clyde

Scenic Rim Regional Council

MAYOR

CHRISTENSEN, Gregory Robin

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

SWANBOROUGH, Robert Derek

Tablelands Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

HAYDON, Annette Dawn

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

BILNEY, David John

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

CLIFTON, David William

Torres Shire Council

MAYOR

MALONE, Vonda Lisa

Torres Strait Island Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

FELL, Keith Marshall

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 11

PEARSON, Francis

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 12

MOSBY, Hilda Denise

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 15

NOAH, Aven Stanley

Whitsunday Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

CLIFFORD, Janet Louise

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

GRUNDY, Allen George

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

WRIGHT, Michelle Elizabeth

All positions in the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council local government elections have now been formally declared.

A full list of all the declarations made today is below.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

MAYOR

NOLAN, Timothy Mark

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

BARNES, Barry William

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

TSCHUI, Trudy Barbara

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

BAINES, Jeffery Steven

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

FARINELLI, Kylie Maree

Gold Coast City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 10

TAYLOR, Darren Andrew

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 12

YOUNG, Pauline Claire

Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council

MAYOR

YUSIA, Patrica

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

NONA, Gina Marilyn

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

GEBADI, Kitty Alvina Estelle

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

COTTIS, Eric John

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

ELU, Francis

All positions in the Brisbane City Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council, Redland City Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council local government elections have now been formally declared.

Further declarations will be made tomorrow.

A full list of all the declarations made today is below.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Brisbane City Council

COUNCILLOR WALTER TAYLOR WARD

MACKAY, Edward James Innes

Fraser Coast Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 10

O’KEEFE, Zane Ashley

Gold Coast City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

HAMMEL, Mark William

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

PATTERSON, Brooke Ainsley

Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire

MAYOR

WOIBO, Jason Grant

COUNCILLOR

BOWEN, Barry Antonio

COUNCILLOR

BOWEN, Keithean Ernest Ted

COUNCILLOR

MICHAEL, Allison Myola

COUNCILLOR

WOIBO, Christopher Bruce

Logan City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

LANE, Teresa Maree

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

HEREMAIA, Jacob Abbott

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

BANNAN, Scott

Redland City Council

MAYOR

WILLIAMS, Karen Magdalena

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

MAYOR

JAMIESON, Mark Bryan

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

BABEROWSKI, Ricky

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

LANDSBERG, Terry Francis

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

NATOLI, Giuseppe Antonio

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

JOHNSTON, Winston Evans

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

HUNGERFORD, Edmund Donald

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

O’PRAY, Jason Stephen

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

SUAREZ, Maria Nada

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 10

LAW, David John

Torres Strait Island Regional Council

 

MAYOR

MOSBY, Phillemon Sereako

The ECQ has formally declared more than 500 of the 578 Mayor and Councillor positions to be decided in the 2020 local government elections.

All positions in the Barcaldine Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council, Gympie Regional Council, Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council, Mornington Shire Council, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, South Burnett Regional Council and Townsville City Council local government elections have now been formally declared.

A full list of all the declarations made today is below.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Barcaldine Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

ARTHUR, Daniel Michael

COUNCILLOR

GLEESON, Thomas Joel

COUNCILLOR

HANSEN, Colin William

COUNCILLOR

PEOPLES, Gary Martin

COUNCILLOR

PLUMB, Rebecca Lea

COUNCILLOR

ROGERS, Milynda Kaylene

Brisbane City Council

COUNCILLOR CENTRAL WARD

HOWARD, Vicki Jean

COUNCILLOR COORPAROO WARD

CUNNINGHAM, Fiona Joy

COUNCILLOR MORNINGSIDE WARD

COOK, Kara May George

COUNCILLOR PADDINGTON WARD

MATIC, Peter Nebojsa

COUNCILLOR PULLENVALE WARD

ADERMANN, Gregory Charles

COUNCILLOR THE GAP WARD

TOOMEY, Steven Michael

Central Highlands Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

BRIMBLECOMBE, Charles Stuart

COUNCILLOR

BURNS, Joseph James

COUNCILLOR

CARPENTER, Anne Frances

COUNCILLOR

CURTIS, Natalie Maree

COUNCILLOR

DANIELS, Megan Everlyn

COUNCILLOR

MORIARTY, Janice Margaret

COUNCILLOR

ROLFE, Christine

COUNCILLOR

SYPHER, Gai Patricia

Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

NED, Jason Grant

COUNCILLOR

DIAMOND, Antoinette Kimberley

COUNCILLOR

DOUGLAS, Elijah Brandon

COUNCILLOR

JOHNNY, Myron Blase

COUNCILLOR

WALDEN, Athol

Fraser Coast Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

LEWIS, David John

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

LEE, David John Lawson

Gold Coast City Council

MAYOR

TATE, Tom Richard

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

BAYLDON-LUMSDEN, Ryan Donald

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

LA CASTRA, Robert

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

TOZER, Glenn Mark

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 14

O’NEILL, Gail Margaret

Gympie Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

MILNE, Jessica

Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire

 

MAYOR

BUTCHER, Wayne William

Mornington Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BARNES, David

COUNCILLOR

ROGERS, Dwayne Laurence

COUNCILLOR

THOMAS, Roxanne

COUNCILLOR

THOMPSON, Bob

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

SAM, Mislam Zacchias

Redland City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

MITCHELL, Peter

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

HEWLETT, Lance James

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

BERRIDGE, Adelia

South Burnett Regional Council

MAYOR

OTTO, Brett Wayne

Townsville City Council

MAYOR

HILL, Jennifer Lorraine

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

RYDER, Margie

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

BLOM, Suzanne June

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

GREANEY, Ann-Maree

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

COOK, Russ Michael

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

BATKOVIC, Suzy Rose

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

SOARS, Maurice Geoffrey

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

MOONEY, Liam John

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 10

WALKER, Leslie Alexander

All positions in the Cairns Regional Council, Cook Shire Council, Croydon Shire Council, Mackay Regional Council, Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council local government elections have now been formally declared.

A full list of all the declarations made today is below.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Brisbane City Council

COUNCILLOR ENOGGERA WARD

WINES, Andrew Robert

COUNCILLOR MARCHANT WARD

HAMMOND, Fiona Ann

Cairns Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

EDEN, Amy Maree

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

O’HALLORAN, Max William

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

COGHLAN, Rhonda Joy

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

PERVAN, Nicholas Ivan

Cook Shire Council

MAYOR

SCOTT, Peter Hugh

COUNCILLOR

BURNS, Peter Francis

COUNCILLOR

DESSMANN, John Erwin

COUNCILLOR

HALE, Larissa Kristen Louise

COUNCILLOR

HOLMES, Robyn Elizabeth

COUNCILLOR

LOGAN, Ross Whitmore

COUNCILLOR

MORRIS, Marilyn Joyce

Croydon Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BING CHEW, Wayne

COUNCILLOR

EVANS, Jonathan

COUNCILLOR

GARDE, Peter Lindsay

COUNCILLOR

GAYNOR, Kim Mary

Gympie Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

WALDOCK, Shane Andrew

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

DEVEREAUX, Bruce Malcolm

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

STEWART, Daniel Hughes

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

POLLEY, Warren Arthur Leslie

Mackay Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

BELLA, Martin Joseph

COUNCILLOR

BONAVENTURA, Laurence Gerard

COUNCILLOR

ENGLERT, Justin Francis

COUNCILLOR

GREEN, Michelle Irene

COUNCILLOR

HASSAN, Belinda Carol

COUNCILLOR

JONES, Alison Nicola

COUNCILLOR

MANN, Frances Alana

COUNCILLOR

MAY, Karen Lesley

COUNCILLOR

SEYMOUR, Russell John

COUNCILLOR

TOWNSEND, Pauline Ann

Mornington Shire Council

MAYOR

YANNER, Kyle Hector

Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

TAMWOY, Robert Allan Steven

Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

CONRAD, George Simeon

COUNCILLOR

FOOTE, Andrea Simone

COUNCILLOR

KINGI, Ronald Douglas

COUNCILLOR

KOO-AGA, Timothy Logan

Townsville City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

REHBEIN, Kurt Spencer

Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

CAMERON, Joel, Efferen Thomas

COUNCILLOR

DOYLE, Gerald Kenneth

COUNCILLOR

WALKER, Dellas Paula

COUNCILLOR

WEAZEL, Laurence

The ECQ has declared 420 of the 578 Mayor and Councillor roles to be decided by the 2020 local government elections.

All positions in the Charters Towers Regional Council, Flinders Shire Council and Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council local government elections have now been formally declared:

A full list of all the declarations made today is below.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Brisbane City Council

MAYOR

SCHRINNER, Adrian Jurgen

COUNCILLOR HOLLAND PARK WARD

ADAMS, Krista Mary

COUNCILLOR NORTHGATE WARD

ALLAN, Adam Lindley

COUNCILLOR THE GABBA WARD

SRI, Jonathan

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

 

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

MILLWOOD, Teresa Ester

Charters Towers Regional Council

 

MAYOR

BEVERIDGE, Franklin Charles

Flinders Shire Council

 

MAYOR

McNAMARA, Jane Beatrice

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council

 

COUNCILLOR

BRAUN, Dawn Louise

COUNCILLOR

DE JERSEY, Daphne Heather

COUNCILLOR

HUDSON, Cameron Wallace

COUNCILLOR

MARA, Margaret Lesley

Torres Strait Island Regional Council

 

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

LEVI, John Edward

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

LUI, Getano Bel Jnr

Whitsunday Regional Council

 

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

SIMPSON, Gary William

The ECQ has declared further results in the local government elections listed below.

All positions in the Carpentaria Shire Council, Ipswich City Council and Paroo Shire Council local government areas have now been formally declared:

A full list of all the declarations made today is below.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Brisbane City Council

COUNCILLOR MOOROOKA WARD

GRIFFITHS, Stephen

Cairns Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

PYNE, Robert John

Carpentaria Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

GALLAGHER, Ashley Thomas James

COUNCILLOR

HAWKINS, Bradley James

COUNCILLOR

MURPHY, Andrew Michael

COUNCILLOR

SCOTT, Amanda Jane

COUNCILLOR

WELLS, Peter

COUNCILLOR

YOUNG, James Craig

Flinders Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BODE, Arthur William

COUNCILLOR

CARTER, Kelly Anne

COUNCILLOR

FLUTE, Nicole Grace

COUNCILLOR

HAYDON, Clarence Nelson

COUNCILLOR

MIDDLETON, Kim Ian

COUNCILLOR

MITCHELL, Trevor George

Gympie Regional Council

MAYOR

HARTWIG, Glen Charles

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

JENSEN, Nadine Gaye

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

SMERDON, Hilary Thomas

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

FREDMAN, Robert Alexander

Ipswich City Council

MAYOR

HARDING, Teresa Jane

Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BALLY, Norman Francis

COUNCILLOR

BOWIE, Alistair Walter

COUNCILLOR

HOBSON, Dorothy Molly

COUNCILLOR

KOKO, Karen Patricia

Paroo Shire Council

MAYOR

BERESFORD, Suzette Catherine

Redland City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

EDWARDS, Mark Ronald

South Burnett Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

HENSCHEN, Scott William

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

COX, Peter Leslie

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

DICKSON, Christian Lance

Torres Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

ABEDNEGO, John Stephen

COUNCILLOR

BANI, Gabriel

COUNCILLOR

KETCHELL, Allan

COUNCILLOR

LOBAN, Thomas

Torres Strait Island Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

TOBY, Dimas Pinaith

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

TABAUI, Conwell Nathan

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

NONA, Laurie Tony

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

DORANTE, Seriako Henry

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 14

GELA, Boggo Ettie

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BAIRD, David John

COUNCILLOR

JACKSON, Kenneth

COUNCILLOR

UNDERWOOD, Brian Colridge

COUNCILLOR

WILLETT, Lucresia Anne

The ECQ has declared further results in the local government elections listed below.

All positions in the following local government areas have now been formally declared:

  • Barcoo Shire Council
  • Bulloo Shire Council
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Diamantina Shire Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Longreach Regional Council
  • Maranoa Regional Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Quilpie Shire Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council.

A full list of all the declarations made today is below.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Barcoo Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BATT, Roger Ian

COUNCILLOR

MILLER, Andrew John

COUNCILLOR

MILLER, Ingrid Melissa

COUNCILLOR

PIDGEON, Dianne Alexia

Brisbane City Council

COUNCILLOR BRACKEN RIDGE WARD

LANDERS, Sarah Jane Marie

COUNCILLOR DOBOY WARD

ATWOOD, Lisa Maree

Bulloo Shire Council

MAYOR

FERGUSON, John Charles Sidney

Bundaberg Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

HONOR, Wayne Arthur

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

McPHEE, Tracey Maree

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

MCLOUGHLIN, Tanya Maree

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

HABERMANN, Vincent John

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

MITCHELL, May Britt Elanora

Diamantina Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

COOMS, Douglas Robert

COUNCILLOR

CRAMER, Stephen Maxwell

COUNCILLOR

MURRAY, Francis John

COUNCILLOR

RAYMENT, Donald Andrew

Fraser Coast Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

SANDERSON, Daniel Elliott

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

WELLINGS, Jade-Lee

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

CHAPMAN, Denis Robert

Gold Coast City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

OWEN-JONES, William Michael Alexander

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

GATES, Donna

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

CALDWELL, Cameron MacKenzie

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 11

VORSTER, Hermann Heinrich Carl

Ipswich City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

IRELAND, Sheila Ann

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

MADSEN, Jacob Gordon

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

JONIC, Nicole Kay

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

TULLY, Paul Gregory

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

DOYLE, Marnie Louise

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

FECHNER, Andrew Dale

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

KUNZELMANN, Kate Paula

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

MILLIGAN, Russell William George

Lockyer Valley Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

COOK, Jason Andrew

COUNCILLOR

HAGAN, Michael John

COUNCILLOR

HOLSTEIN, Janice Marian

COUNCILLOR

QUALISCHEFSKI, Brett John

COUNCILLOR

VELA, Patrick Samuel

COUNCILLOR

WILSON, Christopher John

Logan City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 11

WILLCOCKS, Natalie Amanda

Longreach Regional Council

MAYOR

RAYNER, Anthony Charles

COUNCILLOR

BIGNELL, Dale Joseph

COUNCILLOR

EMSLIE, Anthony James

COUNCILLOR

HATCH, Tracy Maree

COUNCILLOR

MARTIN, Tony John

COUNCILLOR

NUNN, Leonie J

COUNCILLOR

SMITH, Trevor Frances Bruce

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

ADDO, Aileen Muriel

Maranoa Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

BIRKETT, John Reginald Page

COUNCILLOR

EDWARDS, Mark Cameron

COUNCILLOR

GUTHRIE, Julie-Marie Lesley

COUNCILLOR

HANCOCK, Johanne Maree

COUNCILLOR

LADBROOK, Wayne Leslie

COUNCILLOR

MCMULLEN, Geoffrey Boyd

COUNCILLOR

O’NEIL, Cameron James

COUNCILLOR

TAYLOR, Wendy Maree

McKinlay Shire Council

MAYOR

CURR, Philip Roland

COUNCILLOR

FEGAN, Janene Mary

COUNCILLOR

LYNCH, John Cunningham

COUNCILLOR

PRATT, Timothy Charles

COUNCILLOR

ROYES, Shauna Darelle

Noosa Shire Council

MAYOR

STEWART, Clare

COUNCILLOR

FINZEL, Karen Anne

COUNCILLOR

JURISEVIC, Joseph

COUNCILLOR

LORENTSON, Amelia

COUNCILLOR

STOCKWELL, Brian Richard

COUNCILLOR

WEGENER, Thomas Stiles

COUNCILLOR

WILKIE, Frank

North Burnett Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

JONES, Melinda Jean

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

HOTZ, Leslie David

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

PAYNE, Susan Mary

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

GIDDINS, Dael Lillian

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

RADEL, Robert Paul

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

CASTORS, Andrew James

COUNCILLOR

GEIA, Deniece Elizabeth

COUNCILLOR

HAINES, Derek Garrison

COUNCILLOR

KYLE-SAILOR, Andrea Roberta

Paroo Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BRAIN, Richard Francis

COUNCILLOR

CLARK, James Andrew Carr

COUNCILLOR

JORDAN, Patricia Lenora

COUNCILLOR

WOODCROFT, Joann Margaret

Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

TARPENCHA, Richard

Quilpie Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BARNS, Lynette Margaret

COUNCILLOR

HEWSON, Jennifer Catherine

COUNCILLOR

PAULSEN, Bruce Vincent

COUNCILLOR

VOLZ, Roger Lindsay

Redland City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

McKENZIE, Rowanne Lee

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

HUGES, Tracey Anne

Tablelands Regional Council

MAYOR

MARTI, Rodney Donald

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

HODGE, Peter John

Toowoomba Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

CAHILL, Wayne William

COUNCILLOR

MCDONALD, Geoffrey Charles

COUNCILLOR

MCMAHON, Timothy Peter

COUNCILLOR

O’HARA, Megan

COUNCILLOR

O’SHEA, James Joseph

COUNCILLOR

SHINE, Kerry Gerard

COUNCILLOR

SOMMERFIELD, Nancy Margaret

COUNCILLOR

TAYLOR, Carol Estelle

COUNCILLOR

TAYLOR, Melissa Margaret

COUNCILLOR

VONHOFF, Rebecca Louise

Western Downs Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

BOURNE, Kylie Ann

COUNCILLOR

JAMES, Megan Kate

COUNCILLOR

MAGUIRE, Kaye Allison

COUNCILLOR

MOORE, Owen George

COUNCILLOR

RASMUSSEN, Ian Jeffrey

COUNCILLOR

SAXELBY, Peter Thomas

COUNCILLOR

SMITH, Andrew Norman

COUNCILLOR

TILLMAN, Carolyn Therese

The count resumed today, with further results declared in the local government elections listed below.

All positions in the Aurukun Shire Council, Banana Shire Council, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, Boulia Shire Council, Burke Shire Council, Douglas Shire Council, Etheridge Shire Council, Isaac Regional Council, Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council and Southern Downs Regional Council elections have been formally declared.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Aurukun Shire Council

MAYOR

TAMWOY, Kerrie Pauline

COUNCILLOR

KERINDUN, Anna Louise

COUNCILLOR

KOOMEETA, Craig Allan

COUNCILLOR

TAMWOY, Kemuel Mika

COUNCILLOR

YUNKAPORTA, Delys

Banana Shire Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

RAMSAY, John Clifford

Barcaldine Regional Council

MAYOR

DILLON, Sean Michael

Barcoo Shire Council

MAYOR

O’NEIL, Sally Elizabeth

Blackall-Tambo Regional Council

MAYOR

MARTIN, Andrew Linedale

COUNCILLOR

HARDIE, David Anning

COUNCILLOR

JOHNSTONE, Boyd Patrick

COUNCILLOR

PULLOS, Pamela Joy

COUNCILLOR

RUSSELL, Lindsay Patrick

COUNCILLOR

SCHLUTER, Grahame Karl

COUNCILLOR

SCOBIE, Jane Harrison

Boulia Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BEAUCHAMP, George Samuel

COUNCILLOR

EDGAR, Timothy Luke

COUNCILLOR

NEILSON, Jack Owen

COUNCILLOR

NORTON, Jan Maree

Brisbane City Council

COUNCILLOR DEAGON WARD

CASSIDY, Jared Ryan

COUNCILLOR FOREST LAKE WARD

STRUNK, Charles Dean

COUNCILLOR HAMILTON WARD

MCLACHLAN, David Charles Burnett

COUNCILLOR JAMBOREE WARD

HUTTON, Sarah Mary

COUNCILLOR TENNYSON WARD

JOHNSTON, Nicole Amanda

Bulloo Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

COLLINS, Vaughan Ernest Roy

COUNCILLOR

DARE, Glyn Daniel

COUNCILLOR

GIRDLER, Shirley Eileen

COUNCILLOR

MORTON, Stewart Douglas

Burke Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

CLARKE, John Leonard

COUNCILLOR

MURRAY, Tonya Maree

COUNCILLOR

WADE, Rosita

COUNCILLOR

YANNER, John

Cairns Regional Council

MAYOR

MANNING, Robert Charles

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

JAMES, Terence Albert

Charters Towers Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

BARR, Alan Patrick

COUNCILLOR

BENNETTO, Sonia

COUNCILLOR

HASTIE, Kathleen Frances

COUNCILLOR

LOHMANN, Graham John

COUNCILLOR

MATHEWS, Julianne Dawn

COUNCILLOR

ROBERTSON, Bernard Patrick

Croydon Shire Council

MAYOR

PICKERING, Trevor Joseph

Diamantina Shire Council

MAYOR

DARE, Robert Martin

Douglas Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

MCKEOWN, Peter Francis Scott

COUNCILLOR

NOLI, Abigail Fenella

COUNCILLOR

SCOMAZZON, Lisa Jayne

COUNCILLOR

ZAMMATARO, Roy Charles

Etheridge Shire Council

MAYOR

HUGHES, Barry Gilbert

COUNCILLOR

BARNS, Cameron John

COUNCILLOR

GALLAGHER, Anthony Joseph

COUNCILLOR

HAASE, Joseph Malcolm

COUNCILLOR

ROYES, Laurell Joy

Fraser Coast Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 7

EVERARD, Darren Peter

Isaac Regional Council

 

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 8

COLEMAN, Vivienne Susanne

Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

SANDS, Robert Michael

Logan City Council

 

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

RAVEN, Jonathan Smyth

Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

MOTTON, Janita

Redland City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

TALTY, Julie Kim

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 10

BISHOP, Paul Brendan

Southern Downs Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

BARTLEY, Ross Trevor

COUNCILLOR

GALE, Paul Andrew

COUNCILLOR

GLIORI, Marco

COUNCILLOR

GOW, Cameron Fraser

COUNCILLOR

MCDONALD, Cynthia Louise

COUNCILLOR

MCNALLY, Joanne

COUNCILLOR

TANCRED, Stephen James

COUNCILLOR

WINDLE, Sheryl Ann

Whitsunday Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

COLLINS, John William Patrick

The ECQ has formally declared the results of state by-elections in Bundamba and Currumbin:

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Bundamba state by-election

MCCALLUM, Lance Richard

Currumbin state by-election

GERBER, Laura Jane

It has also declared further results in the local government elections listed below.

All positions in the Balonne Shire Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Cloncurry Shire Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Livingstone Shire Council, Mount Isa City Council, Somerset Regional Council, Winton Shire Council and Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council elections have been formally declared.

The count will pause for Good Friday, and resume on Saturday, 11 April.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Balonne Shire Council

MAYOR

O’TOOLE, Samantha Cathleen

COUNCILLOR

AVERY, Rodney David

COUNCILLOR

FUHRMEISTER, Robyn Gail

COUNCILLOR

LOMMAN, Richard William

COUNCILLOR

SCRIVEN, Scott Sam

COUNCILLOR

TODD, Ian Douglas

COUNCILLOR

WINKS, William Nigel

Banana Shire Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

PENDER, Judith Faye

Brisbane City Council

COUNCILLOR CALAMVALE WARD

OWEN, Angela Carolyn

COUNCILLOR MACGREGOR WARD

HUANG, Wen Yi Steven

COUNCILLOR WYNNUM-MANLY WARD

CUMMING, Peter

Burdekin Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BOCCALATTE, Kaylee Delfina

COUNCILLOR

BONANNO, John Terry

COUNCILLOR

DETENON, Michael James

COUNCILLOR

FURNELL, John Allen Gregory

COUNCILLOR

MUSUMECI, Max

COUNCILLOR

PERRY, Susan Patricia

Cairns Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

MOLLER, William Brett

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

ZEIGER, Catherine Angelique

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 6

VALLELY, Kristy Jade

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 9

OLDS, Brett Travis

Cloncurry Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BIDGOOD, Janessa Roanna

COUNCILLOR

CAMPBELL, Vicky Maree

COUNCILLOR

DANIELS, Samuel Donald James

COUNCILLOR

KEYES, Nathan James

COUNCILLOR

SWALLING, John Dane

Fraser Coast Regional Council

MAYOR

SEYMOUR, George Nathan

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

HANSEN, James Victor

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

TRUSCOTT, Philip Neil

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

TRUSCOTT, Paul Michael

Goondiwindi Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

BRENNAN, Lachlan Graham

COUNCILLOR

KEARNEY, William Patrick

COUNCILLOR

KELLY, Susan Kate

COUNCILLOR

MACKENZIE, Robert John

COUNCILLOR

O'SHEA, Phillip Gerard

COUNCILLOR

WATTS, Jason Neil

Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BERNARD, Teddy

COUNCILLOR

JOSIAH, Cameron Patrick Evans

COUNCILLOR

JOSIAH, Jacob Elroy

COUNCILLOR

STAFFORD, Richard Lee

Livingstone Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BELOT, Adam John

COUNCILLOR

EASTWOOD, Patrick Thomas

COUNCILLOR

FRIEND, Andrea Maree

COUNCILLOR

HUTTON, Nigel Grantly

COUNCILLOR

LYNCH, Tanya Elizabeth

COUNCILLOR

MATHER, Glenda Mary

Maranoa Regional Council

 

MAYOR

GOLDER, Tyson Duthie

Moreton Bay Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

HAIN, Adam Bryan

Mount Isa City Council

MAYOR

SLADE, Danielle Dee

COUNCILLOR

BARWICK, Phillip Maurice

COUNCILLOR

COGHLAN, Kim Maree

COUNCILLOR

FORTUNE, Herbert George

COUNCILLOR

MACRAE, Peta Michelle

COUNCILLOR

STRETTON, Paul Robert

COUNCILLOR

TULLY, Michael Edward

Redland City Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

BOGLARY, Wendy

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

GOLLE, Paul David

Somerset Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

BRIESCHKE, Helen Barbara

COUNCILLOR

CHOAT, Sean Kenneth

COUNCILLOR

GAEDTKE, Cheryl Ann

COUNCILLOR

ISIDRO, Kylee Ann

COUNCILLOR

WENDT, Jason Robert

COUNCILLOR

WHALLEY, Robert George

Tablelands Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

CARDEW, Kevin Leslie

Winton Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

ELLIOTT, Diamantina Isabel

COUNCILLOR

GILLIES, Cassandra Anne

COUNCILLOR

MANN, Peter Shane

COUNCILLOR

SEYMOUR, Anne Lenia

COUNCILLOR

WHITE, Catherine Patricia

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

CREEK, Bradley Travis Shane

The ECQ formally declared further results in the local government elections listed below.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Brisbane City Council

 

COUNCILLOR MCDOWALL WARD

DAVIS, Tracy Ellen

Bundaberg Regional Council

 

MAYOR

DEMPSEY, Mark John

Carpenteria Shire Council

MAYOR

BAWDEN, Lyall Vincent

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

SANDOW, Elvie Jean Jnr

COUNCILLOR

COBBO, Frederick Daniel

COUNCILLOR

COSTELLO, Leighton Guy

COUNCILLOR

DOUGLAS, Bronwyn Colleen

COUNCILLOR

LANGTON, Thomas Patrick

Douglas Shire Council

MAYOR

KERR, Michael John

Gladstone Regional Council

COUNCILLOR

BRANTHWAITE, Darryl Edwin

COUNCILLOR

CAMERON, Christopher Bruce

COUNCILLOR

CHURCHILL, Glenn Gordon

COUNCILLOR

GOODLUCK, Kahn

COUNCILLOR

HANSEN, Richard Arthur

COUNCILLOR

MUSZKAT, Natalia

COUNCILLOR

O'GRADY, Desley Valmae

COUNCILLOR

TREVOR, Chris Allan

Logan City Council

 

COUNCILLLOR DIVISION 4

KORANSKI, Laurie Anne

Mareeba Shire Council

MAYOR

TOPPIN, Angela

COUNCILLOR

BENSTED, Lachlan Cameron

COUNCILLOR

BIRD, Daniel Joseph

COUNCILLOR

DAVIES, Kevin

COUNCILLOR

GRAHAM, Mary Catherine

COUNCILLOR

MLIKOTA, Mario

COUNCILLOR

WYATT, Lenore Elizabeth Jean

North Burnett Regional Council

 

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

DINGLE, Michael Edward

Richmond Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

KUHL, June Allison

COUNCILLOR

FOX, Patsy-Ann

COUNCILLOR

GEARY, Scott Edward

COUNCILLOR

KENNEDY, Clay Barrington

COUNCILLOR

BAWDEN, Kevin Dennis

Toowoomba Regional Council

 

MAYOR

ANTONIO, Richard Paul

Winton Shire Council

 

MAYOR

BASKETT, Gavin John

On Tuesday, 7 April, the ECQ formally declared results in the local government elections listed below.

All positions in the Hinchinbrook Shire Council election have been formally declared, bringing the total of completed elections to 3.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Brisbane City Council

COUNCILLOR CHANDLER

MURPHY, Ryan MacKenzie

COUNCILLOR RUNCORN

MARX, Kim Sharee

Bundaberg Regional Council

 

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

BARTELS, Jason Phillip

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

BARNES, Gregory Richard

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 10

LEARMONTH, John Douglas

Hinchinbrook Shire Council

 

COUNCILLOR

BROWN, Mary Elizabeth

COUNCILLOR

CRIPPS, Andrew Peter

COUNCILLOR

LANCINI, Andrew John

COUNCILLOR

MARBELLI, Donna Maree

COUNCILLOR

MILTON, Kathrine Selina

COUNCILLOR

SKINNER, Wallis George

Isaac Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 2

MOFFAT, Sandra Faye

Logan City Council

 

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

BRADLEY, Lisa Catherine

Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

ADIDI, Mopas Margaret

COUNCILLOR

JAWAI, Kaylene Lillian

COUNCILLOR

MAIRU, Egito

COUNCILLOR

PITT, Marie

South Burnett Regional Council

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 4

SCHUMACHER, Kirstie Michelle

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 5

DUFF, Kathryn Anne

The deadline for the submission of postal votes is 5pm tomorrow, April 7. Any ballot papers received after this will not be included in the count. Following receipt of postal votes by the ECQ, they will be distributed to relevant councils for counting.

Murweh Shire Council joins Rockhampton Regional Council as the first local government areas to have all positions formally declared.

To date, a total of 23 mayors and 47 councillors across 32 local government areas have been officially declared as elected under section 100 of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011.

The 2020 local government elections will decide 578 mayors and councillors across 77 councils.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Burdekin

MAYOR

MCLAUGHLIN, Lynette Angela

Livingstone

MAYOR

IRELAND, Andrew Darryl

Murweh

MAYOR

RADNEDGE, Shaun

COUNCILLOR

ALEXANDER, Peter Clement

COUNCILLOR

ECKEL, Robert Wayne

COUNCILLOR

MCKELLAR, Michael John

COUNCILLOR

TAYLOR, Paul Anthony

Moreton Bay

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 1

SAVIGE, Brooke

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 11

GRIMWADE, Darren John

South Burnett

COUNCILLOR DIVISION 3

POTTER, Danita Alison

Southern Downs

MAYOR

PENNISI, Victor Frank

Tablelands

DIVISION 6 COUNCILLOR

WILCE, Bernard

Western Downs

MAYOR

MCVEIGH, Paul

Results will be declared progressively once the formal count indicates that no other candidate can be successful.

Successful candidates can be sworn in once all council positions in the local government area have been declared. Councils will remain in caretaker mode until this time.

Counting continued today in the 2020 local government elections.

The ECQ has formally declared further results.

To date, a total of 18 mayors and 39 councillors across 26 local government areas have been officially declared as elected under section 100 of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011.

The 2020 local government elections will decide 578 mayors and councillors across 77 councils.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Scenic Rim Regional Council

DIVISION 2 COUNCILLOR

MCCONNELL, Jeffrey John Samuel

DIVISION 3 COUNCILLOR

WEST, Virginia Anne

DIVISION 4 COUNCILLOR

ENRIGHT, Michael John

DIVISION 5 COUNCILLOR

CHALK, Marshall John

Results will be declared progressively once the formal count indicates that no other candidate can be successful.

Successful candidates can be sworn in once all council positions in the local government area have been declared. Councils will remain in caretaker mode until this time.

The ECQ has formally declared further results in the 2020 local government elections.

To date, a total of 18 mayors and 35 councillors across 26 local government areas have been officially declared as elected under section 100 of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011.

The 2020 local government elections will decide 578 mayors and councillors across 77 councils.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATE

Gladstone Regional Council

MAYOR

BURNETT, Matthew James

Rockhampton Regional Council

MAYOR

STRELOW, Margaret Fay

DIVISION 1 COUNCILLOR

LATCHAM, Shane

DIVISION 2 COUNCILLOR

FISHER, Neil Karl

DIVISION 5 COUNCILLOR

RUTHERFORD, Cherie Ruth

DIVISION 7 COUNCILLOR

KIRKLAND, Donna Marcia

Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council

MAYOR

WEAZEL, Joshua

Returning officers will continue to count over the weekend and results will be declared progressively once the formal count indicates that no other candidate can be successful.

Counting continues in the 2020 local government elections and state by-elections.

The counting of votes in all local government elections and the state by-elections is continuing, with local Returning Officers completing the unofficial preliminary counts and commencing official counts in which the preliminary results are checked and re-counted.

Results are reported to the ECQ for verification and checking before being released on the ECQ’s results website. The website is regularly updated throughout the course of the day as results are reported from Returning Officers across the state and verified for public release.

The ECQ will not declare results in individual elections until the formal count shows that it is mathematically impossible for any other candidate to be successful. This may be some time after candidates themselves declare or concede, particularly where the count is close.

The local government elections determine the outcome of the election of 578 mayors and councillors across Queensland’s 77 councils and involves the counting of over five million ballot papers throughout multiple stages of the counting process.

As a result, the finalisation of results and declarations of elections for all councils generally takes more than two weeks from the election date.  For these elections, this timeframe may be extended due to the need to await the return of postal votes, and the social distancing measures implemented for the counting process in the 2020 elections.

Transition arrangements

Elected mayors or councillors may not take up their positions until the results of the elections for both mayor and councillors in each local government area are formally declared by ECQ. Until that happens, councils remain in caretaker mode.

In divided councils, the ECQ will declare the results for councillors in each division or ward as they become clear. In undivided councils, a single declaration will be issued for councillors. Mayoral declarations may be made separately to councillor declarations for all councils, depending on the timing of results.

Postal Votes

The return and scrutiny of the approximately 570,000 postal votes from the local government elections is ongoing.  To date, almost 314,000 postal votes have been returned, scrutinised and either admitted to or rejected from the count for the local government elections, with another 4,200 of the 5,400 postal votes issued for the Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections returned and scrutinised.

The deadline for return of postal votes is Tuesday, 7 April 2020.

Counting continues in the 2020 local government elections and state by-elections.

The ECQ has formally declared results in uncontested local government elections. A total of 15 mayors and 31 councillors across 24 local government areas have been officially declared as elected under section 100 of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011. View the election results notices.

These positions only had one candidate in the local government elections and, following notification in The Courier Mail and local newspapers, the candidates have been officially declared to be elected. The listed of elected candidates is below.

Returning officers are continuing to count votes in individual local government areas and in the Bundamba and Currumbin by-elections, and the process of exchanging votes between Brisbane City Council wards is also being undertaken under strict requirements that apply to the transfer of ballot papers.

The return and scrutiny of the approximately 570,000 postal votes from the local government elections is ongoing.  To date, almost 213,000 postal votes have been returned, scrutinised and either admitted to or rejected from the count for the local government elections, with another 3,500 postal votes scrutinised for the Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections.  Those postal votes will now be returned to the relevant Returning Officer for counting.

The deadline for return of postal votes is Tuesday, 7 April 2020.  Due to the large volume of postal votes in the local government elections, it may be necessary to await the return, scrutiny and counting of postal votes in order to determine the outcome of close contests.

Elected candidates

ELECTION

ELECTED CANDIDATES

Banana Shire Council

MAYOR

FERRIER, Neville

DIVISION 3 COUNCILLOR

CASEY, Phillip

DIVISION 4 COUNCILLOR

SEMPLE, Colin George

DIVISION 5 COUNCILLOR

LEO, Brooke

DIVISION 6 COUNCILLOR

BOYCE, Terri

Boulia Shire Council

MAYOR

BRITTON, Eric

Bundaberg Regional Council

DIVISION 2 COUNCILLOR

TREVOR, William Robert

DIVISION 8 COUNCILLOR

COOPER, Stephen

Burke Shire Council

MAYOR

CAMP, Ernest

Central Highlands Regional Council

MAYOR

HAYES, Kerry Michael

Cloncurry Shire Council

MAYOR

CAMPBELL, Gregory

Gold Coast City Council

DIVISION 5 COUNCILLOR

YOUNG, Peter

Goondiwindi Regional Council

MAYOR

SPRINGBORG, Lawrence

Hinchinbrook Shire Council

MAYOR

JAYO, Ramon

Isaac Regional Council

MAYOR

BAKER, Anne

DIVISION 1 COUNCILLOR

AUSTEN, Gregory

DIVISION 3 COUNCILLOR

LACEY, Gina

DIVISION 4 COUNCILLOR

WEST, Simon

DIVISION 5 COUNCILLOR

VEA VEA, Kelly

DIVISION 6 COUNCILLOR

JONES, Lynette

DIVISION 7 COUNCILLOR

PICKELS, Jane Mary

Lockyer Valley Regional Council

MAYOR

MILLIGAN, Tanya

Mackay Regional Council

MAYOR

WILLIAMSON, Gregory

Moreton Bay Regional Council

DIVISION 7 COUNCILLOR

SIMS, Denise

DIVISION 10 COUNCILLOR

CONSTANCE, Matthew

North Burnett Regional Council

MAYOR

CHAMBERS, Rachel Louise

Quilpie Shire Council

MAYOR

MACKENZIE, Stuart Alexander

Richmond Shire Council

MAYOR

WHARTON, John McArthur

Rockhampton Regional Council

DIVISION 3 COUNCILLOR

WILLIAMS, Anthony

DIVISION 4 COUNCILLOR

SMITH, Catherine Ellen

DIVISION 6 COUNCILLOR

WICKERSON, Michael Drew

Scenic Rim Regional Council

DIVISION 6 COUNCILLOR

MCINNES, Duncan

Somerset Regional Council

MAYOR

LEHMANN, Graeme

South Burnett Regional Council

DIVISION 1 COUNCILLOR

FROHLOFF, Roslyn

DIVISION 2 COUNCILLOR

JONES, Gavin

Torres Strait Island Regional Council

DIVISION 2 COUNCILLOR

ELISALA, Torenzo

DIVISION 6 COUNCILLOR

TRINKOON, Lama

DIVISION 10 COUNCILLOR

TAMU, Kabay

DIVISION 13 COUNCILLOR

STEPHEN, Rocky Gabriel

Townsville City Council

DIVISION 4 COUNCILLOR

MOLACHINO, Mark

Whitsunday Regional Council

MAYOR

WILLCOX, Andrew

DIVISION 6 COUNCILLOR

BRUNKER, Michael Raymond

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council

COUNCILLOR

BLOOMFIELD, Robert

COUNCILLOR

KULKA, Regan

COUNCILLOR

TAYLEY, Vanessa

COUNCILLOR

TAYLEY, Vincent

10.00pm update

The ECQ advises that technical issues are slowing the display of count results on the ECQ website. Our team is working on resolving the issues. The preliminary count has proceeded as expected and the official count begins tomorrow. Results will be available on the website as soon as possible.

In order to ensure candidates can access information regarding the count, one scrutineer per candidate are now immediately allowed entry to polling booths. This direction has been conveyed to booth supervisors and scrutineers will be allowed access to polling booths.

11.30pm update

The preliminary count proceeded as scheduled tonight.  ECQ experienced a data feed issue from polling booths to its website. Additional results from the preliminary count have now been published on the website and the remainder of the count to date will be published tonight.

ECQ is working through the technical issues to ensure the results from the official count are published as scheduled on Sunday.

12.30am 29 March update

The election results website now reflects all votes that have been counted this evening.

If there is a zero reflected beside a local government division it is because the counting officials did not focus on that division but most likely the Mayor count.

When the result, like Brisbane Mayor refers to 41.62%, the gap is because postal votes, telephone votes and probably early votes are yet to be counted.

ECQ will continue to work through the night to test the technical issues which inhibited tonight’s publication of the preliminary count.  ECQ expects the official count to proceed as scheduled tomorrow.

All political parties, candidates, the LGAQ and the media will be notified immediately.

Election Day, Saturday 28 March

Around 750,000 Queenslanders have had their say today in the 2020 local government elections. 

The preliminary count is currently underway at over 1,300 booths across the State.

Early figures suggest around a 75 per cent turnout rate overall, which is approaching the turnout for the 2016 local government elections.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

More than 34,000 people have cast a telephone vote since 16 March.

Postal voting

Approximately 570,000 postal ballots were distributed. These must be returned to the ECQ by Tuesday, 7 April to be included in the count.

Early voting

Over 1.2 million voters attended early voting centres around the state in the 11 early voting days prior to polling day, taking advantage of extended hours during the early voting period.

Results

Today’s polls will decide 77 local government elections and state by-elections.

Preliminary counting is underway, and results will be published on the ECQ website as they are available throughout the evening.

The official count will begin from tomorrow morning. The ECQ expects counting to take longer than usual, due to the changes in procedure to manage social distancing during the count process.

At the end of the early voting period for the 2020 elections at 6pm, over 1.2 million electors had cast their vote.

In addition to the 570,000 people who applied for a postal vote and the 40,000 people who have registered for telephone voting, over 1.8 million people, or 55 per cent of eligible voters, have already voted or made arrangements to vote.  Nearly 150,000 electors cast their votes today.

Due to the large number of Queenslanders who voted during the early voting period, the expected numbers of people voting on election day has been significantly reduced.

Scrutineers and election signage

The ECQ’s Direction about Candidates and Scrutineers at Particular Place will apply for the counting process for the 2020 elections. The Direction limits the access of scrutineers during preliminary and official counts to support social distancing measures in line with advice from Queensland’s Chief Health Officer.

In addition, under new electoral regulations, election signage cannot be erected around polling booths until 5am on election day, Saturday 28 March.

Penalties of up to 20 penalty units (currently valued at $2,669) apply to the scrutineering restrictions and 10 penalty units apply to the election signage restrictions.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

More than 40,000 people have registered for a telephone vote.

Registrations are open until 12pm tomorrow, and voters have until 6pm, the close of polling on election day, to cast their vote. The Commissioner continues to urge healthy voters to stay off the phones and vote in person. Telephone voting is a limited service specifically for our most vulnerable and isolated citizens.

Postal voting

Approximately 120,000 of the 570,000 postal vote ballots have been returned to the ECQ to date.

Postal votes must be returned to the ECQ before 7 April to be included in the count, however, postal voters are urged to return their postal ballots as soon as possible.

Results

The ECQ expects the counting and declaration process to take a little longer than usual. This is due to the unprecedented number of postal votes, as well as the social distancing measures that will be in place for the count.

The ECQ will commence a preliminary count on election night, and results will be available on the ECQ website.

The official count will begin on Sunday morning and contests will be declared when it is clear and certain who the successful candidate is (i.e it becomes mathematically impossible for anyone else to by successful). Declarations will be published progressively on the ECQ website.

More than 1 million electors have cast their vote ahead of the local government elections on Saturday.

This is in addition to the 570,000 people who will receive a postal vote. This means that nearly half of eligible voters have voted, or have made arrangements to vote, ahead of Saturday’s polling day.

The Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has again reassured Queenslanders that there is no risk going to vote on Saturday.

Dr Young said “we know, due to our fantastic pre-polling arrangements, and with the way Queenslanders have responded, and with the postal vote process, with all of that the number of Queenslanders left to vote by Saturday will be relatively small”.

Scrutineers and election signage

The ECQ has issued a Direction regarding scrutineering arrangements at the elections, in accordance with new electoral regulations which came into force on 26 March 2020.

Under the regulations, no election signage can be erected around polling booths until 5am on election day, Saturday 28 March.

The number of scrutineers observing the count is now limited to one per candidate, in order to support social distancing measures throughout the count.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

More than 30,000 people have registered for a telephone vote, and more than 20,000 have voted, leaving around 10,000 people still to vote by phone.

The Commissioner continues to urge healthy voters to stay off the phones and vote in person. Telephone voting is a limited service specifically for our most vulnerable and isolated citizens.

Early Voting

As at 6.30pm, over 120,000 electors had cast their votes with booths staying open until 9pm this evening. This brings the total number of early voters to over 1 million.

Yesterday was the biggest day so far for early voting, with over 140,000 people casting their vote to 9pm yesterday.

Early voting centres will open until 9pm tonight, and 6pm on Friday.

Postal voting

All 570 000 postal vote ballots have now been lodged with Australia Post for delivery.

Completed ballot material should be returned to the ECQ as soon as possible to assist with the counting process – the deadline for completion is 6pm on election day, but it is not necessary to wait until this time.

If voters are concerned they will not receive their postal ballots in time to vote, they can still vote at early voting centres, or on election day.

The Electoral Commissioner has implored healthy Queenslanders not to apply for telephone voting.

Telephone voting is a limited service specifically for our most vulnerable and isolated citizens. The ECQ has increased capacity ten-fold to help extend the service to people who have been advised to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19.  However, the telephone voting service is experiencing unprecedented demand, including people who are not eligible for a telephone vote, jeopardising the availability of the service for those who most need it.

Most electors are able to vote in person and precautions are being taken to ensure voting is quick and safe.

To help voters better understand the additional health measures in place in polling booths and early voting centres, the ECQ has released a short video.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

More than 26,000 people have registered for a telephone vote, and more than 16,000 have voted, leaving around 10,000 people still to vote by phone.

Early voting

Today was the biggest day to date for early voting. As at 5.30pm, nearly 120,000 electors had cast their votes with booths staying open until 9pm this evening. This brings the total number of early voters to over 870,000.

Centres will open until 9pm today and tomorrow, and 6pm on Friday.

Postal voting

All 570 000 postal vote ballots have now been lodged with Australia Post for delivery.

Completed ballot material should be returned to the ECQ as soon as possible to assist with the counting process – the deadline for completion is 6pm on election day, but it is not necessary to wait until this time.

If voters are concerned they will not receive their postal ballots in time to vote, they can still vote at early voting centres, or on election day.

More than 1.3 million Queenslanders have already voted or will receive a postal vote, ahead of election day, 28 March.

Approximately 750,000 voters have attended early voting centres, and a further 570,000 are receiving postal ballots.

The number of telephone voters is at record numbers, with over 11,000 votes to date. The ECQ has increased its capacity to accept telephone votes, extending telephone voting hours over the next three days to 8am to 9pm and doubling the number of people available to take votes. The ECQ is urging people who have registered to vote as soon as possible.

Early Voting

As at 6pm, over 110,000 electors had cast their votes on the seventh day of early voting, bringing the total number of early voters to over 750,000.

Centres will open until 6pm this week, and until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

Telephone voting is available to people who are eligible under legislation, such as those not able to attend a polling place due to impairment or disability. People who have been advised by a medical practitioner to remain in isolation during the election period due to exposure to COVID-19 are also eligible to access telephone voting.

More than 19,000 people have registered for telephone voting and just over 11,000 people have cast their vote as at 5pm.

Financial disclosure

In the seven working days prior to election day, candidates are required to disclose expenditure within 24 hours of incurring it.

On Tuesday 24 March, around 400 returns were received, with more expected overnight.

Postal voting

The vast majority of the 570,000 postal vote ballots have now been lodged with Australia Post for delivery.

Completed ballot material should be returned to the ECQ as soon as possible to assist with the counting process – the deadline for completion is 6pm on election day, but it is not necessary to wait until this time.

If voters are concerned they will not receive their postal ballots in time to vote, they can still vote at early voting centres, or on election day.

The local government elections are proceeding on 28 March. Elections are an essential service that allow local government to form so that they can make decisions about providing services to the community – waste, transport, and community services.  

Early voting is continuing with extended hours for the second week.  The ECQ has created more than 300 additional roles across more than 100 early voting centres to help voters move smoothly through the voting process and maintain social distancing.

Early Voting

Daily voting numbers have remained at high levels at the start of the second week of early voting. As at 6pm, over 100,000 electors had cast their votes on the sixth day of early voting, bringing the total number of early voters to more than 650,000.

Early voting centres will open until 6pm this week, and until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

Telephone voting is available to people who are eligible under legislation, such as those not able to attend a polling place due to illness, impairment or disability. People who have been advised by a medical practitioner to remain in isolation during the election period due to exposure to COVID-19 are also eligible to access telephone voting.

Almost 14,000 people have registered for telephone voting and nearly 8,000 people have cast their vote as at 5pm. Additional capacity has been provided for the telephone voting service to respond to the high level of demand.

Community fundraising events

The ECQ has written to owners of polling booths confirming that the elections will proceed on 28 March, and requesting that they carefully consider whether community fundraising events should proceed in light of the most recent health advice.

Voter Information Cards

Around three-quarters of today’s voters have presented their Voter Information Cards (hard copy or email) at polling booths. The cards make it faster and easier to mark voters off the roll and issue ballot papers, assisting with quick movement of voters through polling booths.

By-elections

The ECQ is continuing to work to advice from heath authorities and to adjust is election delivery where required.

As a result, voting for the Bundamba by-election is now taking place in an adjacent room to local government election polling at some polling booths in the area. This is to help keep the number of people within each room below 100.

The Count

With just a week until counting begins, the ECQ is revising its standard approach to counting of votes to accommodate the increased number of postal and early ballots, and apply recommended health measures around the size of indoor gatherings.

As a result of these operational adjustments, it is likely that it will take longer for results to be declared.

In a Queensland first, voters have had the opportunity to vote on two consecutive Saturdays in the 2020 local government elections and Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections.  

From today, candidates and volunteers were also required to comply with the new Direction about Display of How-to Vote Cards and Election Material, which prohibits candidates and volunteers from distributing how-to-vote cards.

Early Voting

On the first Saturday of early voting in Queensland, over 65,000 electors had cast their votes on the sixth day of early voting, bringing the total number of early voters to over 500,000. This already exceeds the full early voting period for the 2016 local government elections, with a full week of early voting remaining.

Centres will open until 6pm next week, and until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

Telephone voting is available to people who are eligible under legislation, such as those not able to attend a polling place due to illness, impairment or disability. People who have been advised by a medical practitioner to remain in isolation during the election period due to exposure to COVID-19 are also eligible to access telephone voting.

Approximately 8,600 people have registered for telephone voting and just over half of these people have cast their vote.

Today, the ECQ contacted all registered telephone voters who have not yet voted, encouraging them to call before election day to have their say.

Postal voting

Following processing of remaining applications, a total of 560,000 postal vote applications have been received.

Completed ballot material should be returned to the ECQ as soon as possible to assist with the counting process – the deadline for completion is 6pm on election day, but it is not necessary to wait until this time.

Voter Information Cards

Over two-thirds of today’s voters have presented their Voter Information Cards (hard copy or email) at polling booths. The cards make it faster and easier to mark voters off the roll and issue ballot papers, assisting with quick movement of voters through polling booths.

The Electoral Commissioner has issued a new Direction regarding display of how-to-vote cards and election material at polling booths.

The Direction PDF (0.05 MB) prohibits all persons from canvassing for votes or distributing how-to-vote cards or election material at polling booths and allows for display of relevant materials at polling booths.

Early voting in the elections continues to exceed planned levels. In addition, the uptake of telephone voting has already surpassed 2016 levels, and this is expected to increase further as telephone voting is offered in place of electoral officer visits to some declared institutions.

Early Voting

As at 5pm, over 95,000 electors had cast their votes on the fifth day of early voting, bringing the total number of early voters to over 500,000.

In a Queensland first, early voting centres will be open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday – tomorrow 21 March. Centres will open until 6pm next week, and until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

Telephone voting is available to people who are eligible under legislation, such as those not able to attend a polling place due to illness, impairment or disability.

Over 7,500 people have registered for telephone voting and over 3,600 people have cast their vote as at 5pm.

Postal voting

The ECQ continues to process an unprecedented number of postal vote applications. Postal ballots are currently being sent, and the ECQ has begun to receive completed postal ballots.

Completed ballot material should be returned to the ECQ as soon as possible to assist with the counting process – the deadline for completion is 6pm on election day, but it is not necessary to wait until this time.

Voter Information Cards

Nearly two-thirds of today’s voters have presented their Voter Information Cards (hard copy or email) at polling booths. The cards make it faster and easier to mark voters off the roll and issue ballot papers, assisting with quick movement of voters through polling booths.

Early voting centres are again open for late night voting tonight.

Amendments to legislation

Urgent legislation passed by the Parliament on the evening of 18 March 2020 provides contingency powers for the Minister for Local Government, in consultation with ECQ, to suspend or terminate the elections.

These powers will only be exercised if expert health advice indicates that this necessary.

In addition, the legislation provides additional powers for these elections, including allowing additional people to be declared eligible for telephone voting and giving directions about distribution of how-to-vote cards.

Direction about distribution and display of how-to-vote cards and other election material at polling booths

Following the legislative amendments, under the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 and the Electoral Act 1992, the Commissioner has issued a Direction about distribution and display of how-to-vote cards and other election material at polling booths. This directs candidates to support social distancing and make use of alternate how-to-vote card and election material distribution methods, including static display, use of a common collection point, or electronic distribution to electors away from a polling booth.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has written to the Department of Premier and Cabinet, expressing her satisfaction with the ECQ’s plan for election delivery.

Dr Young said “The risk of contracting COVID-19 at a polling location is low… people will be frequently entering and exiting the environment; spending little time in static close contact, which reduces the risk of spread of COVID-19.

“I appreciate the measures being proposed by Electoral Commission Queensland as they should address the risk of community transmission of COVID-19, while allowing important electoral processes to continue.”

EarlyVoting

As at 5pm, over 100,000 electors had cast their votes on the fourth day of early voting, bringing the total number of early voters to approximately 400,000.

Centres will open until 9pm tonight, and next Wednesday and Thursday, and from 9am to 5pm this Saturday, 21 March. Opening hours vary at different centres and details are published on the ECQ website.

Advice for candidates

The ECQ has written to candidates outlining the additional measures it has put in place following yesterday’s National Cabinet decision to ban non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people. This advice is available on the ECQ website.

The ECQ acknowledges the efforts of candidates and their volunteers to limit contact when distributing how-to-vote cards.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

Telephone voting is available to people who are eligible under legislation, such as those not able to attend a polling place due to illness, impairment or disability.

Over 5000 people have registered for telephone voting and over 2000 people had cast their vote as at 5pm.

Queue management

The ECQ has identified 121 early voting centres that could ordinarily be expected to attract more than 100 people at one time. Additional staff will be on-site so that no more than 100 people are inside polling places at any one time, and those waiting outside have the opportunity to practice social distancing.

How-to-vote cards

Today was the last day for candidates to submit their how-to-vote cards to the ECQ for approval.

The ECQ has approved and published more than 250 how-to-vote cards on its website.

24-hour disclosure commences

With seven business days until polling day, political candidates must now disclose all electoral expenditure and gifts and loans received within 24 hours.

Postal voting

The ECQ continues to process an unprecedented number of postal vote applications. More than a third have already been posted, and the ECQ has begun to receive completed postal ballots.

Completed ballot material should be returned to the ECQ as soon as possible to assist with the counting process – the deadline for completion is 6pm on election day, but it is not necessary to wait until this time.

Voter Information Cards

Nearly two-thirds of today’s voters have presented their Voter Information Cards (hard copy or email) at polling booths. The cards make it faster and easier to mark voters off the roll and issue ballot papers, assisting with quick movement of voters through polling booths.

Early polling centres are open for late night voting tonight in a Queensland first.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is initiating additional measures to manage the movement of people through polling places following the National Cabinet’s decision to ban non-essential static indoor gatherings of more than 100 people.

Queensland Electoral Commissioner, Pat Vidgen, said that the ECQ had identified the polling places with higher expected numbers of voters.

For these booths, we will put additional measures in place to make sure only 100 people are inside at any one time, and voters waiting outside have the space they need to practice social distancing.

Voters should continue to observe the guidelines outlined by the Prime Minister regarding maintaining distances of 1.5 metres and applying appropriate hygiene practices.

Staff will be on hand inside the polling booths to help move people through the voting process efficiently.

Early Voting

As at 5pm, almost 100,000 electors had cast their votes on the third day of early voting. Voting will continue until 9pm on 18 March.

In a Queensland first, almost 130 early voting centres will implement extended opening hours. Centres will open until 9pm tonight, and from 9am to 9pm tomorrow, next Wednesday and Thursday, and from 9am to 5pm this Saturday, 21 March. Opening hours vary at different centres.

Advice for candidates

The ECQ will provide further advice to candidates updating them on the additional measures and thanking them for their support in changing the way how to vote cards are distributed.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

Telephone voting is available to people who are eligible under legislation, such as those not able to attend a polling place due to illness, impairment or disability.

Over 3,500 people have registered for telephone voting and over 1,300 people had cast their vote as at 5pm.

Voter Information Cards

Nearly half of all early voters are presenting their Voter Information Cards (hard copy or email) at polling booths. The cards make it faster and easier to mark voters off the roll and issue ballot papers.

After the second day of early voting in the 2020 local government elections and Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections, almost 170,000 electors have already cast their votes.

The public response to the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, has seen a sharp increase in early voting figures at the start of the 2020 local government elections.

On 17 March, over 95,000 people voted, in addition to the almost 74,000 people who voted on the first day of early voting.

Opening hours in almost 130 early voting centres will be extended, starting from Wednesday, 18 March, with most centres staying open until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and opening on Saturday, 21 March.

In addition, the ECQ is encouraging electors that are more vulnerable to COVID-19, including Queenslanders aged 60 and over, to vote early between 9am and 11am each day.  Additional ECQ staff will be available to provide support for vulnerable electors during the voting process.

The ECQ has received a record number of postal vote applications, with over 520,000 applications received and approximately 40,000 applications still be processed.

Early Voting

After the second day of early voting, approximately 170,000 early votes were received as at 5pm, with 95,000 votes cast today.

Extended opening hours will be implemented at almost 130 early voting centres across Queensland, with most centres opening from 9am to 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as on Saturday, 21 March.

Additionally, vulnerable people, including those aged 60 or over, are being encouraged to vote between 9am and 11am each day.

Postal Votes

At the close of applications at 7pm on 16 March 2020, approximately 540,000 postal vote applications had been received with additional emails still being processed.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

Telephone voting is available to people who are eligible under legislation, such as those not able to attend a polling place due to illness, impairment or disability.

Almost 2,000 people have registered for telephone voting as at 5pm.

Declared institutions

In order to protect the health of vulnerable people, the ECQ has today cancelled its planned visits to aged care facilities.

Returning Officers are contacting these facilities to support residents apply for postal or telephone voting where eligible.

Customer contact

The ECQ is providing support to voters by phone, email, and via its social media platforms.

Approximately 6,400 calls and 6,300 emails were received by the call centre as at 5pm.

Through social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, over 250 messages were received on 17 March.

Voter Information Cards

All Voter Information Cards (VICs) for both the local government elections and state by-elections have been printed and lodged for delivery with Australia Post.

All electronic VICs have been emailed to electors whose email addresses are listed on the electoral roll.

There are 3.2 million voters in Queensland who will be voting in the 2020 local government elections and Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections.

With the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) has revised its service delivery model for the 2020 elections to ensure that voters can safely participate in the elections.

Early voting commenced as planned on 16 March, with voting figures in line with expectations. However, there has been an unprecedented level of demand for applications for postal votes in the elections, with an additional 130,000 applications received in 24 hours. This has also been reflected in large numbers of calls and emails to the ECQ’s 110 staff member call centre, which has been operating at capacity.

The ECQ also released two fact sheets today regarding the impact of COVID-19 and additional protection measures being implemented for the elections. These fact sheets are available on the ECQ website.

Early Voting

Approximately 130 early voting centres opened around the state for the first day of early voting. On the first day of early voting, approximately 73,900 early votes were received as at 5pm.

Arrangements to extend the opening hours of early voting centres are being implemented based on availability at individual centres.

Postal Votes

Approximately 487,000 postal vote applications had been received as at 5pm, with applications due to close at 7pm.

Additional options were provided to voters to ensure they could lodge a postal vote application by email prior to the deadline.

Additional design and print services have been secured to ensure sufficient ballot papers would be available to meet increased demand.

Electronically assisted voting (telephone voting)

Telephone voting is available to people who are eligible under legislation, such as those not able to attend a polling place due to illness, impairment or disability.

162 applications for telephone voting had been received and 68 votes had been lodged as at 5pm.

Declared institutions

A number of residential care homes and hospitals are “declared institutions”. Election officials visit

these institutions to allow residents to vote.

In order to protect the health of vulnerable people, the ECQ has today cancelled its planned visits to nursing homes.

The ECQ has instructed its Returning Officers to contact each declared institution in their electorates and support its residents in applying for postal or telephone voting.

Customer contact

The ECQ is providing support to voters by phone, email, and via its social media platforms. Approximately 6,800 calls and 1,900 emails were received by the call centre as at 5pm.

Through social media channels Facebook and Twitter, over 700 messages were handled over the weekend of 14-15 March, with approximately 8,600 individual engagements (likes, comments and shares).

Voter Information Cards

All Voter Information Cards (VICs) for both the local elections and state by-elections have been printed and lodged for delivery with Australia Post.

All electronic VICs will be emailed by 7pm this evening.

2020 Media Statements

20 April 2020

ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION RESULTS DECLARED

The ECQ has formally declared all 578 mayor and councillor roles decided in the 2020 local government elections.

“All of Queensland’s 77 local governments can now continue their important work for their communities in these extraordinary times,” said Electoral Commissioner, Mr Pat Vidgen.

“I would like to thank the more than 75 per cent of eligible Queenslanders who voted either on the day, at early polling stations or with a postal vote. This compares favourably with 83 per cent at the 2016 local government elections,” he said.

“The high number of postal votes and extra social distancing measures required during counting have meant that it has taken us a little longer to declare all results as each postal vote requires additional scrutiny before being included in the count,” said Mr Vidgen.

In 2016, all councils were declared 2½ weeks out from election day. In 2020, that has been a little over three weeks.

“We are already considering how the State election will be delivered later this year, and have been providing advice to the Government about this” said Mr Vidgen.

Under the Queensland Constitution, a State general election must be held in 2020.

Count continuing in local government elections

The preliminary count was conducted in the local government elections as scheduled following the close of polling on election day, 28 March 2020.

Due to a technical issue with the data feed from polling booths to the ECQ’s results website, the publication of the preliminary count results was delayed.

This did not affect the count process itself or the recording of results from over 1,000 polling booths around the state.

The ECQ worked immediately to address the issues with the data feed, with all results from the preliminary count published on the website by 11.45pm.

To ensure transparency of the counting process while the publication of results was delayed, the ECQ contacted all candidates and political parties to advise that they would be admitted to polling booths to scrutinise the voting process.

This followed the issuing of a Direction to prohibit scrutineers from the preliminary count due to social distancing measures required to minimise health risks of COVID-19.

All candidates and political parties were kept informed throughout the preliminary count process, including notification of the publication of full results.

Under legislation, the counting of votes is undertaken in a number of stages:

  • The preliminary count, conducted following the close of polls is an unofficial count of results undertaken at a polling booth level. Not all votes, such as postal votes and most of the votes cast during the early voting period, are counted during the preliminary count.
  • The official count commences from Sunday (commencement times vary depending on individual locations) under the supervision of the relevant Returning Officer. The preliminary count is always counted again as part of the official count and declaration and postal vote scrutiny commences.

Depending on the number and composition of votes cast in an election, the official count process can take up to two weeks.  The large number of postal votes sent in the local government elections (approximately 570,000) and new social distancing measures to be applied during the scrutineering process are expected to extend the counting process.

The official count will proceed as planned from 9am on Sunday, 29 March 2020 and results will be published to the ECQ website at www.ecq.qld.gov.au.

28 March 2020

Democracy’s voice is heard 

Around 750,000 voters have had their say today in the 2020 local government elections.

Their voices have been added to the more than 1.2 million electors who voted early and the 570,000 electors who received a postal vote.

Electoral Commissioner Mr Pat Vidgen said these early figures suggest at least 75 per cent turnout rate overall, although the final turnout will be determined after return of postal votes.

“This is approaching the turnout for the 2016 local government elections, which is an extraordinary result, given the circumstances,” he said.

“Heading into polling day, early voting levels were already high, with 55 percent of eligible voters choosing to pre-poll, or apply for a postal or telephone vote.

“Our telephone voting line was extremely busy, with more than 175,000 people calling our 1300 number and over 45,000 electors registering for telephone voting.

“I want to assure voters who tried to vote, but did not get the opportunity to do so, that you will get a chance to tell us about your circumstances,” Mr Vidgen said.

Two state by-elections and 77 local government elections were being decided today.

“The vast majority of our community understands that government is important, now more than ever,” Mr Vidgen said.

“Preliminary counting is now underway, and results will be published on the ECQ website as they become available throughout the evening.

“The official count will begin tomorrow, and we look forward to the participation of scrutineers in that process, as usual.

“We have altered our counting practices to ensure that social distancing is preserved meaning the count will take a little longer than usual.

“There are also 570,000 postal votes to be included in the count, and these must be received by the ECQ by 5pm on Tuesday 7 April.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Queenslanders who voted in these extraordinary circumstances, as well as the thousands of staff who have worked tirelessly to deliver the elections,” Mr Vidgen said.

27 March 2020

Time it right to have your say

Over 1,300 polling booths will open at 8am tomorrow morning for the 2020 local government elections, and the Bundamba and Currumbin by-elections.

“There are still 10 hours to cast your vote with booths closing at 6pm,” said Electoral Commissioner, Pat Vidgen.

“More than one in three Queenslanders have cast their vote early, so compared to previous election days the booths will be quieter.   There will still be queues outside polling booths so people will need to be patient but once inside a booth voting will be quick and easy”.

“However, mornings are traditionally busier times at elections, and I am encouraging those who can vote in the afternoon to do so, to allow elderly and vulnerable electors to vote when the booths open at 8am,” he said.

Booths will have extra staff on hand to help voters maintain social distancing, and to move elderly and vulnerable voters through queues more quickly.

Mr Vidgen urged anyone who has already registered for a telephone vote to vote early and don’t leave it to the last minute.

The ECQ has produced a short animation about how early voting centres and polling places will be managed.

Key dates for the 2020 Queensland local government elections:

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 28 February – Close of electoral roll
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 4 March – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March at 9am – Early voting commences
  • 16 March at 7pm postal vote application close
  • 28 March 2020 – election day

25 March 2020

Telephone voting call centre inundated by callers

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has reminded electors that telephone voting is only available to certain people who are eligible for the service.

Queensland Electoral Commissioner, Pat Vidgen, said that the telephone voting service is experiencing unprecedented demand, and that callers should not jeopardise the availability of this service for those who most need it.

“Electors who are physically impaired, require self-isolation or are in an aged care facility who can’t vote in person, are eligible to register for telephone voting.

“Our call centre is being inundated with calls and despite a major increase in capacity, many calls are from ineligible electors which means that legitimate requests are struggling to be met.

“I implore Queenslanders to check their eligibility before phoning our call centre, so phone lines are free for eligible telephone voters.

“Anyone who has already registered to vote by telephone but has not yet called back to cast their vote should also do this as soon as possible.”

Mr Vidgen said more than 1.3 million electors had already early voted or requested a postal vote.

“Most electors are able to vote in person and I want to assure them that precautions are being taken to ensure voting is exercised quickly and safely.

“There is still plenty of time to vote in person before election day with extended early voting times from 9am to 9pm today and tomorrow, and from 9am to 6pm on Friday.

“Election day voting is from 8am to 6pm on Saturday 28 March.

“I urge all electors to get to a polling booth and have their say about the formation of their local governments.”

Mr Vidgen said all the postal votes are with Australia Post and are being sent priority post, but if ballots don’t arrive in time voters can still vote in person. All election information is at ecq.qld.gov.au

Key dates for the 2020 Queensland local government elections:

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 28 February – Close of electoral roll
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 4 March – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March at 9am – Early voting commences
  • 16 March at 7pm postal vote application close
  • 28 March 2020 – election day

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has today assured voters that the local government elections will go ahead on March 28.

“The local government elections are going ahead with advice from the Chief Health Officer,” said Mr Pat Vidgen.

“Voting allows local government to form so that they can make decisions about providing essential services to the community – waste, transport, and community services.  People need their governments now more than ever.

More than 650 000 people have so far chosen to vote early with four days of prepolling still to go.

“At the moment, voting is quick,” he said. “The average time it takes once entering an early voting centre is under 3 minutes and even quicker if people bring their Voter Information Card.

“The ECQ has created more than 300 additional position at 100 early polling places across the state to help voters mover through booths smoothly, and maintain social distancing measures.

“We have written to the people who own the schools, community halls and other locations of our voting booths to strongly encourage them to reconsider and fundraising activity they may have had planned for the day.

“This, along with preventing candidates from handing election material directly to voters, will further limit the number of people gathering in or around a voting booth at any one time.”

Early voting centres will be open from 9am to 6pm tomorrow and Friday, and from 9am to 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday. Polling booths will be open on election day, Saturday 28 March, from 8am to 6pm.

For all 2020 local government election information go to www.ecq.qld.gov.au.

Key dates for the 2020 local government elections:

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 28 February – Close of electoral roll
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 4 March – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March at 7pm – Postal vote applications close
  • 16 March to 27 March – Early voting period
  • 28 March – Election day

For media queries, email media@ecq.qld.gov.au or phone 0438 120 699.

21 March 2020

Historic day of Saturday early voting

In a Queensland first, voters have had the opportunity to vote on two consecutive Saturdays in the 2020 local government elections and Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections.

As part of a suite of public safety measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) extended early voting hours across the state, including conducting polling on a Saturday.

Candidates and volunteers were also subject to new rules which prohibited the distribution of how-to-vote cards and other election material at polling booths.

Queensland Electoral Commissioner, Pat Vidgen, visited early voting centres today and said there was good compliance with the Direction about Display of How-to Vote Cards and Election Material issued on 20 March.

“In these unprecedented circumstances, it’s pleasing to see that voters, candidates and polling officials are all taking steps to comply with the hygiene practices and social distancing measures we all now need to abide by.

“The ECQ is putting public safety first in delivering these elections and providing extra opportunities for electors to vote is one way we can avoid having a large concentration of people visiting polling booths on election day.

“I encourage everyone who hasn’t done so already to get out and vote early this week, taking advantage of the extra opening hours”, Mr Vidgen said.

Early voting centres will be open from 9am to 6pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and from 9am to 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday. Polling booths will be open on election day, Saturday 28 March, from 8am to 6pm.

For all 2020 local government election information go to www.ecq.qld.gov.au.

Key dates for the 2020 local government elections:

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 28 February – Close of electoral roll
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 4 March – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March at 7pm – Postal vote applications close
  • 16 March to 27 March – Early voting period
  • 28 March – Election day

For media queries, email media@ecq.qld.gov.au or phone 0438 120 699.

18 March 2020

New processes for elections following PM’s announcement

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is initiating additional measures to manage the movement of people through polling places following the National Cabinet’s decision to ban non-essential static indoor gatherings of more than 100 people.

Queensland Electoral Commissioner, Pat Vidgen, said that the ECQ had identified the polling places with higher expected numbers of voters.

“For these booths, we will put additional measures in place to make sure only 100 people are inside at any one time, and voters waiting outside have the space they need to practice social distancing.

“Voters should continue to observe the guidelines outlined by the Prime Minister regarding maintaining distances of 1.5 metres and applying appropriate hygiene practices.

“Staff will be on hand inside the polling booths to help move people through the voting process efficiently.”

Mr Vidgen said Voter Information Cards are also arriving in mailboxes all over the state and by bringing these to polling booths, the process of marking electors off the roll and issuing ballot papers is streamlined.

“We appreciate the cooperation of Queenslanders in these unprecedented circumstances,” he said.

“Elections are an essential service that ensure continuity of democratic representation. The high numbers of people who have already voted clearly show that the majority of Queenslanders are keen to have their say.

“Almost another 100,000 early votes have been cast today.  There has been overwhelming cooperation from the public during these challenging circumstances”, Mr Vidgen said.

In a first for Queensland, the ECQ is offering late-night voting at almost 130 early voting centres. Extended hours will start from tonight and tomorrow with early voting centres remaining open until 9pm.  For the first time, voting will be offered on Saturday, 21 March as well as on election day, Saturday, 28 March.

Mr Vidgen said postal vote applications are at an all-time high, topping 540,000 with applications still being processed and ballots posted out to voters.

“You don’t need to wait until election day to fill out your postal ballot. We are urging postal voters to complete and return their ballots sooner rather than later” he said.

The ECQ continues to seek the advice of health authorities to inform its arrangements for the local government elections.

For all 2020 local government elections information go to www.ecq.qld.gov.au

Key dates for the 2020 Queensland local government elections:

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 28 February – Close of electoral roll
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 4 March – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March at 9am – Early voting commences
  • 16 March at 7pm postal vote application close
  • 28 March 2020 – election day

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Early voting numbers in the 2020 local government elections have reached unprecedented numbers with over 169,257 Queenslanders already casting their vote at the close of early voting today, Tuesday 17 March.

Queensland Electoral Commissioner, Pat Vidgen, said the number is nearly four times that of the first two days of voting in the 2016 local government elections.

“Queensland electors have embraced early voting in record numbers with 73,900 casting their vote at yesterday’s pre-polling and over 95,000 voting today,” he said.

“The 2016 local government elections saw around 48,000 votes cast over the first two days, so the increase is more than an astonishing 121,000 voters.

“Although we were expecting a rise in early voting, this increase is much greater than predicted.

“Clearly electors are hearing our message about taking advantage of early voting to mitigate exposure to COVID-19.”

Mr Vidgen also announced an extension of voting hours in most early voting centres to cater for demand.

“Pre-polling is available at 128 early voting centres between 9am and 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday this week and next week, and on Saturday 21 March between 9am and 5pm.

“This is the first time ever that Queensland electors have had two Saturdays available for voting.

“I encourage electors to visit our website to find their closest early voting centre and hours of operation so they can have their say,” Mr Vidgen said.

Additionally, the ECQ has initiated special voting times for more vulnerable electors, such as people aged 60 and over between 9am and 11am daily.

The Commissioner said the ECQ has implemented other measures including additional cleaning in polling booths, encouraging electors to bring their own pen or pencil when they vote, providing hand sanitiser, encouraging candidates to distribute their how-to-vote flyers without handling them, asking all political stakeholders to limit supporters at polling booths and putting on extra ECQ staff to manage queueing safely.

Postal vote applications have also reached unprecedented levels with over 500,000 Queenslanders choosing this voting option.

For all 2020 local government elections information go to www.ecq.qld.gov.au

Key dates for the 2020 Queensland local government elections:

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 28 February – Close of electoral roll
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 4 March – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March at 9am – Early voting commences
  • 16 March at 7pm postal vote application close
  • 28 March 2020 – election day



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15 March 2020

Local government election update

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is implementing a range of extra measures for the 2020 local government elections and Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections to make sure that a safe environment is provided to Queenslanders voting in the elections.

The ECQ has been closely monitoring statements by the Prime Minister and the advice of health authorities in considering how to conduct polling in these elections.

“The local government elections are proceeding in accordance with advice that only non-essential mass gatherings should be cancelled”, said Queensland’s Electoral Commissioner, Mr Pat Vidgen.

“Elections facilitate an essential service by providing for democratic representation for Queenslanders.

“However, we recognise that this is an extraordinary situation and are adapting our service model accordingly. This includes additional hygiene precautions and people management measures to be implemented at the nearly 1500 early voting centres and polling booths across Queensland.

“I ask for the understanding and cooperation of all voters to make sure that the elections are conducted smoothly and with minimal impact on voters and election staff.

“This is a unique and evolving situation and we will update voters if circumstances change. I encourage people to check the ECQ website for up-to-date information about how to cast their vote”, Mr Vidgen said.

Applications for postal votes will close at 7pm on Monday, 16 March 2020, in accordance with the Local Government Electoral Act 2011. This deadline is established under the legislation for the election on 28 March and cannot be altered by the ECQ.

“Understandably, there has been a huge demand for postal votes this weekend.  Since Friday afternoon, we have received over 96,000 new applications for postal votes”, Mr Vidgen said.

The ECQ extended its operating hours over the weekend in order to respond to the anticipated level of demand.

Additionally, the ECQ will be implementing a range of new measures for people attending early voting centres and polling booths to vote in-person.

This includes sourcing additional supplies of hand sanitiser for use by voters at polling booths.  Due to high levels of demand, these supplies are expected to be available at early voting centres by mid-week.

Voters are also encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil with them to vote as an additional hygiene precaution.

Other measures include:

  • Additional cleaning of polling booth areas will be undertaken to ensure that all surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • Extra staff will be employed at polling booths to assist with queue control and monitoring numbers of people in attendance.
  • Vote issuing tables and screens will be positioned to maximise distance between all people in attendance.
  • New measures will be implemented to take votes of residents of aged care facilities which were to be ‘declared institutions’.

Early voting will start from Monday, 16 March 2020 and generally open from 9am to 5pm during the first week of early voting, and from 9am to 6pm during the second week of early voting.  The ECQ will be monitoring demand and is exploring options to extend voting hours.

Further information will be released and published on the ECQ website about extended opening hours during the early voting period.

It is important to remember that voting is compulsory. Electors should consider which voting options are most suitable for them at these elections.

Key election dates:

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 28 February – Close of electoral roll
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 4 March – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March – Early voting commences
  • 16 March at 7pm postal vote applications close
  • 28 March 2020 – election day

For media queries email media@ecq.qld.gov.au or phone 0438 120 699.

13 March 2020

Local government elections proceeding

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) has carefully considered today’s decisions by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) regarding actions to protect Australians from the impact of coronavirus.

A key outcome arising from the COAG meeting was advising against the conduct of organised non-essential mass gatherings of over 500 people.

Having considered the public statements from First Ministers at COAG, and taking advice from Queensland’s health authorities and experts, the Queensland Electoral Commissioner, Mr Pat Vidgen, has determined that it is in the public interest to proceed with the local government elections and the State by-elections in Bundamba and Currumbin on 28 March 2020.

“The forthcoming Queensland elections are essential public events required to ensure the continuity of democratic representation and public administration across the State”, Mr Vidgen said. Mr Vidgen also noted that “It is extremely unlikely that more than 500 people would ever be in a polling booth at any one time, and electors generally only spend a short period of time in a booth.”

“The ECQ will continue to monitor advice being issued by health authorities to ensure that the elections are conducted with minimal risk to the health and safety of Queenslanders.”

A range of voting options are available for the 2020 elections including:

  • Postal voting – any elector can apply to receive a postal vote through the ECQ website or by calling 1300 881 665.  Under legislation, postal vote applications must close at 7pm on Monday, 16 March 2020.
  • Early voting – early voting will start from Monday, 16 March 2020 in all councils where in-person voting is required. The number of people attending early voting centres is traditionally lower than on election day, so voters may wish to cast their vote at a time when fewer people are expected to be present. Early voting times vary across councils, and details are available on the ECQ website.

It is important to remember that voting is compulsory and electors should consider which voting options are most suitable for them at these elections.

The ECQ will also take additional measures including:

  • Actively monitoring the numbers of electors in busy booths to limit the number of voters in attendance to fewer than 500 at any one time.
  • Providing current and updated Queensland Health advice to all voters and polling officials.  This includes recommended personal hygiene measures when visiting polling booths, maintaining 1.5 metre distance from people coughing or sneezing, and staying at home if sick.
  • Offering telephone voting to all electors in ‘declared institutions’ such as aged care facilities, rather than conducting in-person mobile polling.
  • Allowing electors to bring their own pens or pencils to polling booths to cast their vote.

The COAG communique detailing the outcomes of the COAG meeting are available at: https://www.coag.gov.au/meeting-outcomes/coag-meeting-communique-13-march-2020.

For the latest information on COVID-19 visit https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/diseases-infection/diseases/coronavirus/public-info-novel-coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-novel-coronavirus.

Key election dates:

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 28 February – Close of electoral roll
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 4 March – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March – Early voting commences
  • 16 March at 7pm postal vote applications close
  • 28 March 2020 – election day

For media queries email media@ecq.qld.gov.au or phone 0438 120 699.

11 March 2020

COVID-19 and Queensland’s local government elections

This month, more than three million Queenslanders will go to the polls to have their say in 77 local government elections and two by-elections.

The Electoral Commissioner, Pat Vidgen, said that the Electoral Commission of Queensland is monitoring advice from the Queensland Chief Health Officer regarding the appropriate response to the emergence of COVID-19.

“The current advice provided by Queensland Health is that there is no need to cancel mass gatherings or events, or take additional precautions to normal practice,” Mr Vidgen said.

“We have provided advice to temporary election staff, and are asking that members of the public take normal common sense precautions, such as good hand and respiratory hygiene.

“This is, of course, a fast-moving situation, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely, and take advice from the relevant authorities, including Queensland Health. If that advice changes we are prepared to respond appropriately.

“At this stage we remain focused on making sure that all Queenslanders have the services they need to cast their vote in the local government elections.

“Voting remains compulsory.”

Key election dates:

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 28 February – Close of electoral roll
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 4 March – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March – Early voting commences
  • 16 March at 7pm postal vote applications close
  • 28 March 2020 – election day

For media queries email media@ecq.qld.gov.au or phone 0438 120 699

For the latest information on COVID-19 visit https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/diseases-infection/diseases/coronavirus/public-info-novel-coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-novel-coronavirus

22 February 2020

The 2020 Queensland local government elections have been announced and eligible Queenslanders must act now to ensure their voice is heard on election day, 28 March.

More than 3 million Queenslanders will go to the polls to have their say in 77 local government elections on 28 March.

Electoral Commissioner Pat Vidgen said if you’re a Queensland based Australian citizen and not enrolled you won’t be able to have your say.

”All Queensland citizens aged 18 years and over on election day are required by law to enrol and vote in the local elections.” Mr Vidgen said.

“Check your enrolment today to ensure that you’re on the roll, and that your address and name are listed correctly.”

“You can check your details on the Australian Electoral Commission website at www.aec.gov.au.”

The best and quickest way to enrol or update your address or name details is online but if you are not able to go online, you can get a paper enrolment form at any Australia Post office.

Correctly completed applications must be returned to the AEC by 5pm on 28 February 2020.

For more information about the local elections and the ways you can vote, go to the ECQ website at ECQ.qld.gov.au.

Key dates for the 2020 Queensland Local Government elections

  • 22 February – Notice of Election
  • 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations
  • 28 February 2020 – Close of electoral roll
  • 4 March 2020 – Ballot paper draw
  • 16 March 2020 – Early voting commences
  • 28 March 2020 – Election day

For media queries email media@ecq.qld.gov.au or phone 0438 120 699

2019 Media Statements

11 November 2019

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is now recruiting more than 10,000 staff to work at the next local government elections in March 2020.

A range of temporary positions are available across the state and people can apply to work for a day, a night or a couple of weeks.

Electoral Commissioner Pat Vidgen encouraged Queenslanders to lodge an application and be part of democracy in action.

“We need people to help us deliver democracy in polling booths from Thursday Island to Goondiwindi and out to Birdsville,” Mr Vidgen said.

“There are a range of temporary positions available and all staff are paid so it is a great way to earn some extra money, whether you work for a day or a week.”

“It is also a really meaningful job that looks good on a resume, so that’s a bonus for students and people who might have limited work experience.”

To work at an election, you must be an Australian citizen, at least 16 years-old and you must be on the electoral roll.

Applicants aged 16 or 17 can be provisionally enrolled as they’re still too young to vote.

“The ECQ normally consists of about 50 staff but come election time we need more than 10,000 people so that’s why we’ve already started recruiting,” Mr Vidgen said.

“I’d encourage anyone who’d like to work with us in March 2020 to head to the ECQ website and apply now.”

A full list of position descriptions, pay rates, eligibility criteria and other details can be found on the ECQ website.

Training and support will be provided to successful applicants.

ENDS

Media contact: 0438 120 699

3 June 2019

The Electoral Commissioner of Queensland, Mr Pat Vidgen, will allow political parties to return those donations ruled unlawful by the High Court of Australia in the case Spence vs State of Queensland, subject to strict conditions.

These conditions act to uphold the State’s electoral laws which ban political donations by property developers and their close associates.

Should any party fail to comply with all conditions, the Electoral Commissioner reserves the right to take further action to recover unlawful donations as a debt to the State.

A full statement of reasons  PDF (0.06 MB) for the Electoral Commissioner’s decision in this matter is available.

ENDS

Media contact: Nicole Butler

17 May 2019

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is currently considering the High Court’s reasons for its ruling in the case of Spence v State of Queensland.

The reasons were published this week to explain the High Court’s decision to uphold the Queensland ban on political donations by property developers, while striking out amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act that impacted on the State’s ban.

Those amendments had sought to allow Queensland political parties to accept property developer donations that may be used for federal purposes.

Given the complexity of the legal circumstances, the ECQ is obtaining further advice and carefully considering the impact of the ruling on any donations received by political parties that are now regarded as unlawful.

As soon as possible, the ECQ will formally advise all registered political parties of any action that may be required to ensure they comply with the High Court decision.  

ENDS

Media contact:  Nicole Butler

For all media enquiries please email media@ecq.qld.gov.au or phone 0438 120 699.

The media information kit PDF (0.49 MB) for the 2020 local government elections.