Elec­tion dates to put in di­ary

Vot­ers for divi­sions 8 and 10 to head back to the polls

NewsMail - - NEWS - Jim Alouat Jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

WITH the Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil divi­sions 8 and 10 by-elec­tion set for Fe­bru­ary 10, there are some key dates to keep in mind.

The first is that can­di­date nom­i­na­tions close at noon on Tues­day, Jan­uary 23, a lit­tle more than a week away.

That means the likes of Dr Jane Tr­us­cott, Steve Cooper and David Facer, who have al­ready an­nounced their in­ten­tion to run for the divi­sion 8 seat, will need to for­mally nom­i­nate them­selves.

For vot­ers in those divi­sions, you have un­til 5pm, Fri­day, Jan­uary 19, to en­sure your elec­toral de­tails are up to date.

Re­mem­ber th­ese two by-elec­tions are for res­i­dents liv­ing in those divi­sions only.

For divi­sion 8 this in­cludes Branyan, Avoca and Mill­bank.

Divi­sion 10 en­com­passes the sub­urbs of Walk­er­vale, Kep­nock, Thabeban and Ash­field.

To check if you’re within the divi­sions, visit www.ecq.qld.gov.au.

If you want or need to vote early, visit the pre-poll cen­tre at Shop 12 and 3, 9 Mary­bor­ough St, Bund­aberg, at th­ese times:

■ 9am-5pm Mon­day, Jan­uary 29 – Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 2

■ 9am-5pm Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 5 – Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 8

■ 9am-6pm, Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 9

If you’re un­able to vote on elec­tion day or at a pre-poll cen­tre, you can ap­ply for a postal vote or have a polling of­fi­cer visit your ad­dress.

You have un­til 7pm Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 7, to ap­ply but make sure to check your el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Un­like the re­cent state elec­tion, the by-elec­tion will use an op­tional vot­ing sys­tem so you can vote for one can­di­date or nom­i­nate some or all by num­ber­ing the boxes on the bal­lot pa­per.

Polling booths on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 10, for divi­sions 8 and 10 are sit­u­ated at:

■ Churches of Christ, 76 Twyford St, Avoca

■ Branyan Road State School, Branyan Dr, Branyan

■ Bund­aberg West Bap­tist Church Hall, 36 Avoca St, Mill­bank

■ Thabeban State School, 270 Good­wood Rd, Thabeban

■ Walk­er­vale State School, Wa­ter St, Walk­er­vale

PRE-POLL: Divi­sions 8 and 10 will soon be back at the polls.

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